The NY Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act Imposes New Limits on Developers and Investors

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The recently signed New York Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act puts a six-year statute of limitations on all foreclosure proceedings. The act is controversial, and it means extra due diligence for developers and investors. Here’s why.

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The controversy comes from the fact that the six-year limit is retroactive.

Right now, the opportunity to buy foreclosure promissory notes is trending to become as high as 2009. That means lenders have six years to complete a foreclosure. It also means that foreclosure promissory notes become worthless six years after the foreclosure action started.

It’s not always easy to tell when a foreclosure action began, but Cornerstone can run a search and tell you when the foreclosure process began. You can find out early in the process whether a promissory note is worth pursuing before investing a lot of time and money.

If you’re thinking of purchasing foreclosures or if you have questions about any part of the real estate buying and selling process, please contact us.

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