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Challenging the Lender’s Right to Sue for Foreclosure

By: Nick Adama

Many homeowners are becoming more aware of the defense to foreclosure that has come to be known as the “produce the note” strategy. This involves challenging the foreclosing lender or servicing company on its legal right to sue the borrowers in the first place. Essentially, if the bank can not prove that it owns the note and mortgage or deed of trust, it does not have the right to bring a foreclosure action against the homeowners.

However, not every challenge to produce the original loan documents has been successful, typically due to procedural errors or other easily correctable mistakes on the part of the borrowers. Homeowners should be aware of certain actions that have been taken in successful cases, so they have a better chance of having their own foreclosure thrown out of court for the bank’s inability to prove legal standing.

First, if the homeowners are being sued by the lender in a judicial foreclosure state, it is important to deny in the answer to the complaint that the plaintiffs own the note and mortgage in the first place. This real party in interest issue can be raised through an affirmative action claim or by filing a motion with the court. However, if the homeowners do not raise the issue, the court will assume the issue of standing is not debated.

It is also important for homeowners to do their homework in checking the local land records for the property being foreclosed on. If there are documents recorded with the county indicating a different chain of title than the one the bank is trying to show through the lawsuit, the discrepancies may be enough to have the case thrown out until the foreclosing company can show it owns the note.

Banks will often submit unsupported affidavits when it will be difficult or impossible to produce the original note. But these documents can be challenged by the homeowners in their answer to the lawsuit. Simply having an officer of the foreclosing company state that it owns the original paperwork is not sufficient if it can not produce the note upon the borrowers’ request.

Especially if there are other documents indicating another company may be attempting to collect on the mortgage, the issue of standing and who owns the original note become vital. If the court allows the lawsuit to move ahead without proof of standing, the borrowers may be in danger of being sued again by the correct party. Thus, it is important to keep and obtain any documents showing any other company’s interest in the debt.

Finally, homeowners can demand that the lender produce evidence to show how, when, and whether the original documents had been assigned to the foreclosing party. Courts will be likely to look on this type of request as reasonable, especially if there are other questions of which company owns the loan or if there is other evidence (such as documents filed with the county) showing an incomplete chain of title.

In light of all the securitization and chopping up of rights to mortgages, the produce the note strategy of challenging the bank’s right to bring a lawsuit against borrowers is becoming a more wide-spread defense to foreclosure. While it may not solve every homeowner’s mortgage problems, it can delay a foreclosure by a period of months or years while the lender attempts to locate the relevant paperwork, time that the owners can use to save up money for moving expenses or to get back on track with payments.

Author Resource:-> Nick publishes articles which gives homeowners the foreclosure advice and resources they need to save their homes by themselves and fight back against the bank. The site describes various options, including foreclosure refinancing, deed in lieu, loss mitigation, stopping a trustee auction, and more. Visit the site to read more about how you can avoid losing your house and repair your credit: http://www.foreclosurefish.com/

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