Texas Causes of Action & Affirmative Defenses

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Wrongful foreclosure claim in Texas


ELEMENTS OF CAUSE OF ACTION FOR WRONGFUL FORECLOSURE 

The elements of a wrongful foreclosure claim are: (1) a defect in the foreclosure sale proceedings; (2) an inadequate selling price; and (3) a causal connection between the defect and the inadequate selling price. See Charter Nat'l Bank-Houston v. Stevens, 781 S.W.2d 368, 371 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1989, writ denied).

The elements of a wrongful-foreclosure claim are: (1) a defect in the foreclosure sale proceedings; (2) a grossly inadequate selling price; and (3) a causal connection between the defect and the grossly inadequate selling price. Sauceda v. GMAC Mortg. Corp., 268 S.W.3d 135, 139 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi 2008, no pet.)

The elements of a wrongful foreclosure claim are: (1) a defect in the foreclosure-sale proceedings; (2) an inadequate selling price; and (3) a causal connection between the defect and the inadequate selling price. See Estate of Broughton v. Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corp., No. 13-14-00091-CV, 2016 WL 2955058, at *3 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi, May 19, 2016, pet. filed) (mem. op.); Buchanan v. Compass Bank, No. 02-14-00034-CV, 2015 WL 222143, at *5 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth Jan. 15, 2015, pet. denied) (mem. op.); Charter Nat'l Bank-Houston v. Stevens, 781 S.W.2d 368, 371 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1989, writ denied).

REMEDIES 

The proper remedy for wrongful foreclosure is either: (1) damages equal to the difference between the value of the property and the indebtedness; or (2) the setting aside of the foreclosure sale. See Pinnacle Premier Prop., Inc. v. Breton, 447 S.W.3d 558, 565 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2014, no pet.)Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Robinson, 391 S.W.3d 590, 593-94 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2012, no pet.). A plaintiff seeking damages for wrongful foreclosure must show that (1) there was an irregularity in the foreclosure sale and (2) the irregularity caused the plaintiff damages. See University Sav. Ass'n v. Springwoods Shopping Ctr., 644 S.W.2d 705, 706 (Tex. 1982)Houston Omni USA Co. v. Southtrust Bank Corp., N.A., No. 01-07-00433-CV, 2009 WL 1161860, at *6 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] Apr. 30, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.).

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