February 3, 2024

How to Beat a Nationstar Foreclosure

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Going through a foreclosure is never easy, and sometimes you have the chance to challenge a foreclosure. Depending on the type of foreclosure you are facing, you will experience the process in a different way.

There are two main types of foreclosure, judicial and nonjudicial. It is a lot easier and less expensive to jump into a lawsuit with a judicial foreclosure. This is because you can go into the existing lawsuit, versus challenging a nonjudicial foreclosure. If your foreclosure is nonjudicial, it means it proceeds outside of the court system, and you will need to file a lawsuit to challenge the process.

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How to handle a foreclosure

Every foreclosure is different, and each state has its own procedures, but this is how you should go about challenging each type of foreclosure.

Contesting a judicial foreclosure

File a written Answer to the complaint (also known as the lawsuit). You will need to present your defenses and explain why the lender legally cannot foreclose on your home. This may need to include defenses for yourself against a motion for summary judgment and at trial. You should bring strong evidence that the lender or servicer made an error in the foreclosure procedures. This might include failing to send you a breach letter, initiating the foreclosure too soon, or not following state foreclosure procedures. In this case, you may be able to force the foreclosure to start over or look into a loan modification.

Contesting a non-judicial foreclosure

When contesting a non-judicial foreclosure, the process will happen outside of a court’s supervision. This means you will need to file an initial lawsuit to get the judge to look at your case. Opposite of a debt lawsuit, you will have the burden of proof because you want the judge to stop a proceeding. The proceeding will already have authorized the foreclosure that you signed when you took out the loan, so this is a bit more tricky.

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How to fight a judicial foreclosure

In a judicial foreclosure, the foreclosing party is the lender, and they must file a lawsuit against you to begin the foreclosure process. When this begins you will be notified of the case by a summons and complaint, typically “served” to you. The documents will explain the lawsuit, the foreclosure as a whole, and give you a limited amount of time to respond. In this case, the lender will have the burden of proving to the judge that the foreclosure is valid and justified.

Ask for proof of the debt from the lender

The lender will typically need to provide all of the documents signed when taking out the initial loan in question. This might include refinancing papers, the mortgage (or deed of trust), and a promissory note. It may also include any notices sent to you or signed agreements as backup proof. Unless you respond with information regarding that there are errors in omissions in the paperwork or procedures, then the foreclosure will be accepted, and a default judgment will be placed against you.

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How to file an answer

If you want to fight the foreclosure lawsuit, then you need to respond. This will give you the opportunity to state why the foreclosure is not legal, and you will need to do so between 20 to 30 days, or as specified on your summons.

This response needs to be filed in a specific method including format, responses to each claim, and your affirmative defenses. Never ad it to the lawsuit, so you should always deny or say you don’t have enough information to respond to that area.

You should also ask the lender to prove their claims including how many payments you have missed, the fees you owe, and anything else you want them to prove. If you admit fault, then they do not need to provide you with proof for that action. This is why you should never admit any responsibility.

The lender might then file a summary judgment motion after you file the answer. This is essentially asking the judge to decide the case without a trial. You can oppose this when submitting your arguments. You should also send your response to the other parties, and then show up to the hearing. If you do not have enough evidence as dictated by the court then the lender will win and the foreclosure will continue. If the judge denies the lender’s motion, the court will allow the case to proceed to trial.

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How to fight a non-judicial foreclosure in court

Because nonjudicial foreclosures proceed outside of court, you will need to be the one filing the suit in court. In this case, the burden of proof will rest with you because you will be the one looking to have the judge stop the proceeding of the foreclosure. This is already authorized which makes it even more tricky.

The next steps include the following:

  • Make a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO)
  • Make a motion for a preliminary injunction to enjoin (stop) a foreclosure sale while your claims are being litigated.
  • You can also ask the court for a permanent injunction.

When asking for a temporary restraining order, you will need to show that you will suffer “irreparable injury” if the foreclosure happens. Even if the lender does not respond, the judge will most likely grant this.

If you file for a preliminary injunction, all of your documents will be reviewed. You will need to show that the lender broke some type of law or the terms of the deed of trust. This is when you convince the judge that the foreclosure should be put on hold. You can use witnesses and facts to back up your case.

When to fight a foreclosure

It can be difficult to know when or when not to fight a foreclosure. If the lender obviously broke the law, then you should definitely fight the foreclosure in court. In addition to if you felt you were deprived of an important right. If you are judicial foreclosure and you have an argument that requires you to file another type of pleading to preserve your rights, you may not want to fight it. This can lead to more serious issues and lead to your loss of rights.

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Firstly, you’ll access our user-friendly web application, which guides you through the process step by step. You’ll be prompted to answer a series of questions related to your specific situation. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you have the option to either print out the finalized forms and mail them to the appropriate courts yourself, or you can opt to utilize ZumaZip’s services to file them on your behalf. Additionally, if you choose this option, an attorney will review your document for added peace of mind.

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What if I haven’t been sued yet?

If you’ve only received a collections notice, but not a lawsuit, the best way to respond is with a Debt Validation Letter. When a debt collector contacts you in any way, whether it’s by phone or mail, you can respond by formally requesting a debt validation with a Debt Validation Letter . This letter notifies the collector that you dispute the debt and forces them to provide proof you owe the debt. They can’t call you or continue collecting until they provide validation of the debt. This flowchart shows how you can use a Debt Validation Letter to win.

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