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MA Secretary Galvin to File Bill Requiring Court Approval on Foreclosures, Register O’Brien Agrees

MA Secretary Galvin to File Bill Requiring Court Approval on Foreclosures, Register O’Brien Agrees


Bill calls for court OK to foreclose

Galvin says reviews would clarify titles, protect homeowners

“You aren’t going to straighten out the economy of the state until this housing thing gets figured out.” — William F. Galvin, Secretary of state

By Jenifer B. McKim
Globe Staff / December 6, 2010

Secretary of State William F. Galvin plans to submit a bill next month that would force Massachusetts mortgage lenders to get court approval before seizing homes, in an effort to protect homeowners and address concerns about how foreclosures are conducted.

Galvin said he will revive a proposal that state lawmakers rejected two years ago because of new questions about the validity of titles for foreclosed properties — an issue housing specialists say is hampering the state’s real estate market.

“Unless we do something to clean up the titles in these properties we are going to have a big continued problem,’’ Galvin said. “You aren’t going to straighten out the economy of the state until this housing thing gets figured out.’’

Massachusetts is one of 27 states that do not require foreclosures to be reviewed by a judge.

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