Posted On: October 19, 2010

What is Foreclosure?

A Sacramento bankruptcy attorney explains the topic of foreclosures.

Foreclosure is the legal process by which the lender acts on a power of sale clause which is included in the deed of trust with such a clause. This process involves the sale of the property by the mortgage holder without court supervision.. This process is generally much faster and cheaper than foreclosure by judicial sale.

Commonly, the violation of the mortgage is a default in payment of a promissory note, secured by a lien on the property. When the process is complete, the lender can sell the property and keep the proceeds to pay off its mortgage and any legal costs, and it is typically said that "the lender has foreclosed its mortgage or lien.

California has adopted nonjudicial foreclosure procedures in which the mortgagee, or more commonly the mortgagee's servicer's attorney or designated agent i.e. the trustee, gives the debtor a notice of default (NOD) and the mortgagee's intent to sell the immovable property in a form prescribed by state statute; the NOD in some states must also be recorded against the property. This type of foreclosure is commonly referred to as "statutory" or "nonjudicial" foreclosure, as opposed to "judicial", because the mortgagee does not need to file an actual lawsuit to initiate the foreclosure. With this "power-of-sale" type of foreclosure, if the debtor fails to cure the default, or use other lawful means (such as filing for bankruptcy to temporarily stay the foreclosure) to stop the sale, the mortgagee or its representative conduct a public auction in a manner similar to the sheriff's auction. Notably, the lender itself can bid for the property at the auction, and is the only bidder that can make a "credit bid" (a bid based on the outstanding debt itself) while all other bidders must be able to immediately present the auctioneer with cash or a cash equivalent like a cashier's check.

The highest bidder at the auction becomes the owner of the immovable property, free and clear of interest of the former owner, but possibly encumbered by liens superior to the foreclosed mortgage (e.g., a senior mortgage or unpaid property taxes). Further legal action, such as an eviction, may be necessary to obtain possession of the premises if the former occupant fails to voluntarily vacate.

At Bankruptcy Law Firm, we offer an exceptional team of bankruptcy lawyers, bankruptcy client care specialists and bankruptcy staff supporting Sacramento. If you need help regarding bankruptcy in Sacramento, contact us at 916.792.6025 or for a free consultation or visit us online at www.sagarialaw.com to request a free in person appointment at a Bankruptcy Law Firm office location nearest you. We can answer your questions regarding filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, legal debt settlement, mortgage modification, lien stripping, cram down, stopping a foreclosure, wage garnishment, asset protection, discharging a debt, etc. We have bankruptcy attorneys located throughout California and Oregon to assist you with all your debt resolution questions. Please feel free to complete our free online bankruptcy evaluation to quickly determine if you are a qualified candidate for bankruptcy. We look forward to hearing from you, Sacramento!

Bookmark and Share

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

 
 
100% Money-Back Guarantee from Sagaria Law

If the courts do not accept your bankruptcy filing because of an error on our part, we will refund 100% of your money, including the filing fee!

At Sagaria Law, PC we want to guide you on the path to financial freedom and realize this is not an easy task for most. We respect your devotion to better your circumstances even with financial hardship and thus are willing to guarantee that if you retain us, we will do everything we can, legally and ethically, to help you become debt-free.

The Fine Print

The Sagaria law guarantee covers everything that a bankruptcy law firm produces in order to successfully complete a bankruptcy filing. We guarantee that it will be done in a manner that is accepted for filing with the bankruptcy clerk's office.

There may be reasons beyond our control that may cause a case to be dismissed. Therefore, the 100% Money-Back Guarantee does not guarantee;

  1. That you will receive a discharge.
  2. That you will receive a discharge of all debts or of any particular debt.
  3. That your case won't be dismissed for reasons not related to the paperwork being accepted for filing.
  4. That you, our client, will successfully complete all of your obligations including accurate disclosure of debts, completing your forms on time and attending your 341 meeting as scheduled.
  5. That you will not lose assets in chapter 7, or that creditors won't successfully argue for the repossession of collateral in chapter 13.
  6. That you will not encounter challenges of any kind to your bankruptcy case.

Take advantage of this offer. Get started now by completing your FREE online bankruptcy evaluation, accessible from our home page.

Click Here To Close This Window