Bill Text: NJ A3366 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires provisions regarding sellers' obligation to deliver marketable and insurable title in certain residential real estate contracts of sale.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-06-25 - Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee [A3366 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A3366-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 3366

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 12, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  ELIANA PINTOR MARIN

District 29 (Essex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires provisions regarding sellers' obligation to deliver marketable and insurable title in certain residential real estate contracts of sale.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning certain contracts of sale of foreclosed residential properties and supplementing P.L.1995, c.244 (C.2A:50-53 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  A real estate contract of sale between a seller of residential property that has been foreclosed upon pursuant to the "Fair Foreclosure Act," P.L.1995, c.244 (C.2A:50-53 et seq.), and a purchaser of that property, shall provide that:

     (1)  the seller shall provide marketable and insurable title to the purchaser;

     (2) any failure of the seller to satisfy the requirement of providing marketable and insurable title pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection shall constitute a breach of contract; and

     (3)  in the event of a breach of contract pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection, in addition to any other remedies that the purchaser may have, the seller shall:

     (a)  return to the purchaser any deposit money paid by the purchaser; and

     (b)  reimburse the purchaser for any expenses incurred by the purchaser in connection with the purchase of the property.

     b.  Any provision in a real estate contract of sale that is subject to subsection a. of this section, that is not in compliance with the requirements of that subsection, or that attempts to limit any obligation of the seller as set forth in that subsection, shall be null and void and unenforceable as a matter of law.

     c.  For purposes of this section, "seller of residential property" means any residential mortgage lender who has taken title to a residential property as a result of a purchase at a sheriff's sale pursuant to the provisions of the "Fair Foreclosure Act," or any person or entity who has taken title to the residential property through an assignment or conveyance from the residential mortgage lender.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment and apply to real estate contracts of sale executed on or after that date.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill, which supplements the "Fair Foreclosure Act," P.L.1995, c.244 (C.2A:50-53 et seq.), addresses situations in which a residential mortgage lender forecloses on a residential property, buys the property at the resulting sheriff's sale, and subsequently seeks to sell the property (commonly known as a "Real Estate Owned" or "REO" property) through a contract with a new purchaser. In these transactions, issues have arisen with respect to the seller's failure to deliver marketable and insurable title at closing, thereby breaching the contract and leaving the new purchaser with "out of pocket" expenses incurred in connection with the purchase of the property, such as costs for surveys, title searches, and home inspections.

     Accordingly, the bill provides certain protections to a purchaser in these situations by requiring that a real estate contract of sale between a seller who takes title to a residential property as a result of a sheriff's sale pursuant to the provisions of the "Fair Foreclosure Act," and a purchaser, shall provide that:

     (1)  the seller shall provide marketable and insurable title to the purchaser;

     (2) any failure of the seller to satisfy the requirement of providing marketable and insurable title pursuant to paragraph (1) shall constitute a breach of contract; and

     (3)  in the event of a breach of contract pursuant to paragraph (2), in addition to any other remedies that the purchaser may have, the seller shall return to the purchaser any deposit money paid by the purchaser and shall reimburse the purchaser for any expenses incurred by the purchaser in connection with the purchase of the property.

     The bill provides that any provision in a real estate contract of sale that is subject to this bill, that is not in compliance with the requirements of the bill, or that attempts to limit any obligation of the seller as set forth in the bill, shall be null and void and unenforceable as a matter of law.

     The bill defines "seller of residential property" to mean any residential mortgage lender who has taken title to a residential property as a result of a purchase at a sheriff's sale pursuant to the provisions of the "Fair Foreclosure Act," or any person or entity who has taken title to the residential property through an assignment or conveyance from the residential mortgage lender. This definition recognizes that, as a common practice, residential mortgage lenders use other companies to whom they have assigned or conveyed title, to sell REO properties on their behalf. 

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