Final month, Florida’s Third DCA affirmed a foreclosures judgment entered in favor of U.S. Bank Nationwide Affiliation discovering the bank proffered competent, substantial proof that the borrower breached the phrases of a modified notice and mortgage. 3499 Saraev Properties, LLC v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n.
The appellant, 3499 Saraev Properties (“Saraev”), was a third-party purchaser who took title to the property topic to US Bank’s mortgage. The bank sought to foreclose its mortgage when the borrower did not make well timed funds.
The matter proceeded to trial and the decrease court docket entered a remaining judgment of foreclosures in favor of US Bank. Saraev appealed that remaining judgment asserting “the bank failed to adequately plead and prove an independent breach of a binding loan modification agreement.”
The Third DCA disagreed, explaining the bank “properly relied upon the composite of documents in pleading and proving its entitlement to foreclosure.” Particularly, the court docket defined that the bank (1) correctly “referenced the modification agreement in its verified complaint;” (2) connected a replica of the loan modification settlement to its verified criticism; (3) efficiently proffered an authenticated copy of the modification into proof at trial; and (4) proffered competent testimony relating to “both the balance due under the modification” and the mortgagors’ failure to pay.
The court docket refused to disturb the decrease tribunal’s factual findings on the problems of breach and damages. The DCA defined the trial court docket’s findings may solely be reversed if the decrease court docket abused its discretion by drawing “arbitrary, fanciful, or unreasonable” conclusions primarily based on the proof. The DCA affirmed the bank’s judgment. Though the substance of the bank’s proof was not mentioned intimately, this determination nonetheless offers useful steerage on the final evidentiary necessities for pleading and proving entitlement to foreclosures of a modified loan.
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