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In this image provided by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Elizabeth Vermillera sits on the front porch railing of her east Baltimore rowhouse. Vermillera's house was at risk of being seized by city officials for unpaid taxes totaling approximately $1,000. The Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service helped Vermillera resolve the matter and keep her home. (Michael Theis/Chronicle of Philanthropy via AP)
Mar 15, 2022

Legal services nonprofits aid those struggling to keep homes

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and other nonprofit groups in cities with high percentages of low-income homeowners have helped thousands at risk of losing their homes due to unpaid property taxes.

Nov 23, 2021

Court closures don’t affect interest, taxes in Maryland foreclosures

The temporary closure of Maryland courts does not spare pre-shutdown purchasers of foreclosed property from paying interest and property taxes, the court ruled.

Oct 19, 2020

Foreclosures in Md. can resume Jan. 4 under Hogan’s order

Existing residential foreclosure proceedings may resume and new foreclosure actions may be initiated beginning Jan. 4 under an executive order Gov. Larry Hogan issued Friday that includes protections for borrowers financially harmed by the pandemic. The order requires lenders or servicers of mortgage loans to notify troubled borrowers — before initiating foreclosure proceedings — that [...]

Oct 8, 2018

Md. high court will not reconsider mortgage-default ruling

Maryland’s top court last week denied a request from distressed homeowners that it reconsider and permit rehearing on its August ruling that entities seeking to collect defaulted mortgage loans need not be licensed by the state.

Aug 2, 2018

Md. high court: Collection-agency law does not cover mortgage default

Entities seeking to collect defaulted mortgage loans in Maryland need not be licensed by state, Maryland’s top court ruled Thursday.

Nov 17, 2016

Baltimore lawmakers, homeowners sound warning on equity firm

Baltimore city lawmakers, homeowners are demanding that an equity firm that purchased hundreds of residential mortgages through a federal program be held accountable for its destabilizing impact.

Feb 19, 2016

Maryland still mired in high foreclosure rate

Maryland retained one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation last month. In January, the state posted a foreclosure filing for every 690 housing units. That ranks third in the nation, trailing New Jersey and Nevada and followed by Florida and Delaware, according to real estate data firm RealtyTrac. In Maryland .14 percent of […]

Jan 18, 2016

Seth M. Rotenberg: Your presence is (not necessarily) requested at foreclosure sales

In the recent case of Fisher v. Ward, et al., the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that a foreclosure trustee need not be physically present at a foreclosure sale, and that the trustee’s “constructive” presence would suffice.  Additionally, the court held that actual prejudice to the party objecting to the foreclosure sale must be […]

Dec 14, 2015

Laurel law firm facing lawsuit over mortgage debt collection

A Laurel law firm is being sued over alleged violations of consumer protection laws by a Hagerstown woman who claims the firm falsely advertised the foreclosure sale of her home. The decision by McCabe, Weisberg & Conway LLC to advertise the impending sale of Michelle K. Wright’s home in February — even though a foreclosure […]

Dec 4, 2015

MLSC awards $1M for foreclosure prevention help

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation has awarded a total of $1 million in grants to nine legal aid organizations that will use the funds to provide foreclosure prevention legal services to low-income residents. The grant funds come from a portion of the multibillion dollar settlements the U.S. Justice Department reached with Bank of America and […]

Nov 12, 2015

Maryland, again, leads nation in foreclosure rate

When it comes to foreclosures, October was not a good month for Maryland. After falling out of the top five states for foreclosure rates for the first time this year in September, Maryland reclaimed the No. 1 spot last month. According to real estate data firm RealtyTrac, the state led the way with 5,126 filings. […]

Jul 23, 2015

Seth M. Rotenberg: A change in default remedies in Md. foreclosure sales

In a case of first impression that will affect foreclosure procedure throughout Maryland, the Court of Special Appeals recently held that if the purchaser at a foreclosure auction defaults in its obligation to close on the purchase of the property, the trustees may not declare the deposit forfeited and also resell the property at the […]

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