The F-Word

Posted on February 17, 2009 in Arizona Law Regarding Business and Real Estate

No one wants to even think about the F-word — “Foreclosure.” It is so sad to see so many good folks losing their homes in foreclosure. It is also good to see some banks playing “fair” and trying to work with defaulted borrowers. Yet note something curious in Arizona law. Normally after a default and foreclosure, all the bank can do is get your house and sell it in the open market. If it does not fetch a higher price than the loan, it is not your problem, other than botched credit. They cannot sue you for the difference (deficiency).

Arizona’s laws that prohibit deficiencies are found in Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 33-814.G and 33-729(A).  These types of laws are also called “anti-deficiency legislation.”

A.R.S. § 33-729(A) states: “. . . if a mortgage is given to secure the payment of the balance of the purchase price, or to secure a loan to pay all or part of the purchase price, of a parcel of real property of two and one-half acres or less which is limited to and utilized for either a single one-family or single two-family dwelling, the lien of judgment in an action to foreclose such mortgage shall not extend to any other property of the judgment debtor, nor may general execution be issued against the judgment debtor to enforce such judgment, and if the proceeds of the mortgaged real property sold under special execution are insufficient to satisfy the judgment, the judgment may not otherwise be satisfied out of other property of the judgment debtor, notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary.

A.R.S. § 33-814(G) states: “If trust property of two and one-half acres or less which is limited to and utilized for either a single one-family or a single two-family dwelling is sold pursuant to the trustee’s power of sale, no action may be maintained to recover any difference between the amount obtained by sale and the amount of the indebtedness and any interest, costs and expenses.”

At the law firm of William A. Miller in Scottsdale, Arizona, we can help you sort through these laws to give you as much protection as possible. So give us a call at 480.948.3095 if you want to have us look over your case. LAW is not a four letter word.

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