MERS denied standing to receive notice of foreclosure

September 27th, 2009 by Joseph William Singer

Millions of mortgages are recorded in the name of “MERS” – Mortgage Electronic Registration System – which holds mortgages as a “nominee” or stand-in for the real owner of the mortgage. MERS was created to make it easier to transfer mortgages electronically on a central computer system without having to re-record the mortgage. This was useful for mortgages that were securitized and resold many times but some courts are beginning to find the system inconsistent with recording requirements. One court in Kansas has denied MERS standing to receive notice of a foreclosure on the ground that it does not own the mortgage and is not the real party in interest in the transaction. Landmark National Bank v. Kesler, 2009 WL 2633640 (Kan. Ct. App. 2009). read opinion

This strategy has been used to protect homeowners from having their property foreclosed and it may undermine the business model relied on by MERS. read article

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