Sunday, September 20, 2015

How Can I Check if my Home was Sold at Foreclosure Auction and What Can I Do to Keep It?

Question: I own a home in the state of New York. The bank had a foreclosure auction at the court house and no one purchased the home. I expected to get a notice on my door to move out, but it has been 5 months since the foreclosure auction and nothing happened. I was told me to go to the county clerk’s office and see if the bank filed a new deed. I checked yesterday and the bank has yet to record a new deed and take ownership of the house. Something might be wrong. I would like to keep the house if possible. What can I do?

Response: It sounds like the foreclosure auction did not take place. You can check via e-courts, an electronic New York State court database, the notation next to the scheduled foreclosure auction date. If it says ANH (Auction Not Held), you will know for sure. If it says auction held, you can check with the Plaintiff’s attorney. If it’s been 5 months, it’s more likely than not that foreclosure auction did not occur. Once the foreclosure sale takes place, you become a holdover tenant and the owner must file an eviction proceeding, same as in Landlord tenant cases. Most of the time, it is the lender that owns your loan that purchases the property. In the meantime, if foreclosure did not take place, you can: (1) apply for a loan modification, which usually leads servicers to stop the sale at their own initiative to conduct a review; (2) file an Order to Show Cause to stop the foreclosure sale; (3) file bankruptcy, which will immediately stop the foreclosure sale even if it’s the day of the foreclosure sale.
In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

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