Definition of foreclosure
: an act or instance of foreclosing; specifically : a legal proceeding that bars or extinguishes a mortgagor's right of redeeming a mortgaged estate
Recent Examples of foreclosure from the Web
Yet most of that relief came the bad way, as families shed mortgage debt through foreclosures and distressed sales during the housing-market cataclysm.
The auction, scheduled for July 19 in lower Manhattan, would mark the biggest foreclosure in the city’s residential history.
Property owner Joseph Tages, 71, lost the land after getting into legal and financial trouble that forced him into foreclosure.
Experts say historic underemployment and a foreclosure crisis that hit black communities hard are among the reasons why African Americans are missing out on a quintessential part of the American dream.
On just one street in East Price Hill -- McPherson Avenue -- almost half the properties went into foreclosure.
Investors often help the area improve because some of the homes need expensive repairs or the owner is in danger of foreclosure.
A home in the pre-foreclosure stage could lead to a short sale. •
Alvarez and other banking officials say the number of foreclosures is decreasing because the record number reported last year reflected what happened in previous years.
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First Known Use of foreclosure
Financial Definition of FORECLOSURE
What It Is
How It Works
Why It Matters
The foreclosure process can take several months, if not years, and it does long-term damage to a person's credit report. It is important to note that foreclosure laws vary by state, and they affect the order or duration of these steps. It is also important to note that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act affects foreclosure proceedings by stipulating the methods lenders can use to go after bad debts.
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Legal Definition of foreclosure
1 : a legal proceeding that bars or extinguishes a mortgagor's equity of redemption in mortgaged real property — see also deficiency judgment at judgment, redeem, right of redemption, statutory foreclosure, strict foreclosure 1
2 : the extinguishment (as under the provisions of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code) of the rights of a debtor in personal property subject to a security interest by judicial proceedings and especially by judicial sale — see also strict foreclosure 2
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