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Title Problems That May Delay Closing

Prior to scheduling a closing date, the title of the property must be checked to ensure that it is clear with no encumbrances. While most closings go smoothly, it is not uncommon for title problems to crop that delay the real estate transaction. Being aware of these potential issues helps prepare you for all eventualities. More importantly, knowing about title problems that may delay closing allows you to better serve your real estate clients during a high stress period in their life. Liens on P[...]

Stripping Liens Down in Florida Bankruptcy Courts

Stripping down in court is typically disfavored and a quick way to get kicked out.  But, as with all things legal, there’s an exception for a different kind of stripping: stripping liens. Stripping Liens Basics Stripping Liens, authorized by 11 U.S.C. § 506, conceptually divides certain claims secured by liens on property into two claims: an unsecured claim and a secured claim.  For example, let’s say Creditor A has loaned a debtor $100,000 and secured that loan with a mortgage on propert[...]

Supreme Court Disappoints Lien Stripping Homeowners

At the beginning of this term, there was hope that the United States Supreme Court would issue an opinion in Bank of America v. Caulkett that would provide homeowners with the opportunity for lien stripping second mortgages  during bankruptcy.  Earlier this month, the Court issued its ruling and opinion and those hopes were crushed.  Lien Stripping Background The Court’s decision addressed two consolidated bankruptcy cases with substantially the same facts.  In each case, the bankruptcy de[...]