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Senate Bill 0492

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB 492 (Updated April 29, 2009 5:57 pm - DI 101)

Residential mortgage foreclosures. Requires a foreclosure consultant to retain all records and documents related to services performed on behalf of a homeowner for at least three years after the termination or conclusion of the foreclosure consultant contract. Prohibits a person from engaging in, or soliciting to engage in, a real estate or mortgage transaction without a permit or license required by law. Prohibits a person from making certain representations with respect to: (1) a mortgage or real estate transaction; or (2) the property that is the subject of the transaction; if the representation is not true and the person knows or reasonably should know that the representation is not true. Specifies that the board that regulates a licensed profession may not approve the surrender of a practitioner's license if the attorney general's office: (1) has filed an administrative complaint concerning the practitioner's license; and (2) opposes the surrender. Provides that a practitioner of a licensed profession who has been subjected to disciplinary sanctions by the board that regulates the profession may be required to pay the costs of any real estate review appraisal obtained in connection with the disciplinary proceedings. Provides that a violation of the statutes concerning: (1) credit service organizations; and (2) mortgage rescue protection fraud; by a person licensed or required to be licensed as a real estate salesperson or broker is a violation of the statute governing the regulation of real estate salespersons and brokers and is subject to certain specified enforcement procedures and sanctions. Provides that the electronic system to be established by the department of insurance not later than September 1, 2009, for the collection and storage of certain information concerning persons participating in or assisting with single family residential mortgage transactions must include the names of the buyer and the seller in a first lien purchase money mortgage transaction. Provides that in a foreclosure action that is filed after June 30, 2009, with respect to a first lien residential mortgage transaction, the creditor shall, not later than 30 days before the creditor files the action, send to the debtor a presuit notice, on a form prescribed by the housing and community development authority (authority), that: (1) informs the debtor that the debtor is in default; (2) informs the debtor that the debtor is encouraged to obtain assistance from a mortgage foreclosure counselor; and (3) provides contact information for the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network. Provides that in prescribing the form for the presuit notice, the authority must include the statement concerning mortgage foreclosure consultants that mortgagees are required to provide under existing law upon filing a foreclosure action. Provides that if the creditor proceeds to file an action to foreclose the mortgage, the creditor shall include with the complaint served on the debtor a notice that informs the debtor that the debtor: (1) has a right to participate in a settlement conference; and (2) may schedule a settlement conference by notifying the court, not later than 30 days after the notice is served, of the debtor's intent to participate in a settlement conference. Specifies certain circumstances under which a creditor is not required to provide: (1) the presuit notice; and (2) the notice of the debtor's right to a settlement conference. Provides that after June 30, 2009, a court may not issue a judgment of foreclosure with respect to a first lien residential mortgage transaction unless the following apply: (1) The creditor has given the required notice to the debtor of the availability of a settlement conference. (2) The debtor either: (A) does not contact the court within 30 days to schedule a settlement conference; or (B) contacts the court within the required 30 day period to schedule a settlement conference and, upon conclusion of the settlement conference, the parties are unable agree to a foreclosure prevention agreement. (3) At least 60 days have elapsed since the date the presuit notice was sent, unless the mortgaged property is abandoned. Provides an exception to these conditions and to the need for a settlement conference if the court finds that a settlement conference would be of limited value based on the result of a prior loss mitigation effort between the creditor and the debtor. Provides that if the debtor contacts the court to schedule a settlement conference, the court shall issue a notice of a settlement conference to the parties. Provides that the court's notice of a settlement conference must do the following: (1) Order the creditor and the debtor to conduct a settlement conference on or before a date and time specified in the notice. (2) Encourage the debtor to contact a mortgage foreclosure counselor before the settlement conference. (3) Require the debtor to bring to the settlement conference certain documents needed to engage in good faith negotiations. (4) Require the creditor to bring to the settlement conference a transaction history for the mortgage. (5) Inform the parties that each has the right to be represented by an attorney or assisted by a mortgage foreclosure counselor. (6) Inform the parties that the settlement conference will be conducted at the county courthouse, or at another place designated by the court, on the date and at the time specified by the court, unless the parties stipulate otherwise. Requires the creditor to ensure that any person representing the creditor: (1) at a settlement conference; or (2) in any other negotiations with the debtor designed to reach agreement on a foreclosure prevention agreement; has authority to represent the creditor. Provides that if, as a result of a settlement conference, the debtor and the creditor agree to enter into a foreclosure prevention agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and signed by both parties. Provides that at the election of the creditor, the foreclosure shall be dismissed or stayed for as long as the debtor complies with the terms of the foreclosure prevention agreement. After a settlement conference has occurred, requires the creditor to notify the court as to whether a foreclosure prevention agreement has been reached. Provides that participation in a settlement conference satisfies any mediation or alternative dispute resolution requirement established by court rule. Provides that immediately after a foreclosure sale, the sheriff that conducted the sale shall: (1) execute and deliver to the purchaser; and (2) except in a foreclosure action involving a mortgage insured by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, record with the recorder of the county in which the premises are located; a deed of conveyance for the premises. Establishes a $50 court fee for mortgage foreclosure actions that are filed after June 30, 2009, and before January 1, 2013. Provides that the fees are to be deposited in the home ownership education account administered by the authority.
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