Maryland Overtakes Florida for Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rate

 Brian Honea, DS News A surge in foreclosure activity for Maryland in October pushed the state into the top spot among states with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to RealtyTrac‘s October 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released Thursday. Maryland overtook Florida, which had held the number one position for 12 consecutive months, according to RealtyTrac. […]

Give this “Sovereign Citizen” An A For At Least Being Creative

‘Moorish American national’ charged with trying to take mansion Dan Morse, Washington Post Like many people excited about a new home, Lamont Butler invited friends over to check his out. He had a lot to show them. The Bethesda mansion is among the largest in the region and featured floors of imported marble, 12 bedroom suites, six […]

Foreclosure attorney violated rules by having others sign his name

Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun A Hunt Valley attorney who admitted to having his employees sign his name to foreclosure documents was found by a Baltimore County judge to have violated three of Maryland’s rules of professional conduct for lawyers, according to court records. Thomas P. Dore engaged in behavior that was “prejudicial to the administration of justice” by “routinely […]

Maryland had highest rate of new foreclosure filings in U.S.

Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland far exceeded any other state’s this spring, a spike caused in large part by the national robo-signing legal settlement that unleashed a flood of new cases. Almost 20 in every 1,000 home loans in Maryland — twice the national average — were […]

Maryland Appellate Decision Makes It Easier for Lenders To Foreclose

Saul Ewing LLP Summary An appellate court in Maryland recently handed down a decision that makes it easier for a creditor holding a promissory note, secured by a deed of trust and with gaps in its chain of title, to foreclose. Last week, the Court of Appeals of Maryland rejected a borrower in foreclosure’s argument […]