After the death of her Melvin Clayton, Wells Fargo accelerated the reverse mortgage note and sought to foreclose on the residence still owned by Mrs. Clayton. The Court of Appeals held that even though Mrs. Clayton was identified as a “borrower” on the Deed of Trust, Melvin Clayton was “the only contemplated borrower to the reverse-mortgage agreement, as he alone executed [those] documents and was obligated under them.” Mrs. Clayton was, due to her age, ineligible to be a borrower under the reverse mortgage, which, pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 53-257(2), must be 62 years of age or older.
The successor in interest rules under the Dodd-Frank Act would not apply here, as this is a reverse mortgage.… Read More
The Dallaire purchased their home in 1998 for $173,660.00. They filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Middle District of North Carolina, case number 05-53774, on October 13, 2005, and at that time had three mortgages against the property- the first and second mortgages were both held by Bank of America, in the amounts of $138,900 and $25,000, respectively, and a lien for a business loan to BB&T, in the amount of $241,449.37. The Dallaires received a discharge and did not reaffirm any of the three obligations. A year later (at the tail end of the mortgage lending frenzy), the Dallaires refinanced the Bank of America loans, after Bank of America, following the advise of its title agency, mistakenly believed that the BB&T lien had been extinguished.… Read More