Question? How long can a home remain in foreclosure?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Move Up Properties CA BRE Lic 01193694

How long can a home remain in foreclosure?  Is there a statute of limitations on the amount of time a lender has until they must refile a foreclosure action or can it go on indefinately? 

I have a colleague who has his home in foreclosure with Bank of America for four years now.  I cannot locate the statute on this.  Does anyone know the answer?

Thank you in advance! 

Diane Wheatley, Broker


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Real Estate Brokerage, Upland CA


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CA DRE Broker Lic #01193694




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Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

I've heard a rumor a while ago about someone who has two homes, collecting rent on them too, the banks don't want to foreclose because they are so upside down, they aren't paying the mortgages on either and living off the rent they are collecting.

Aug 21, 2010 01:19 PM #1
Alan Bruzee
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD

Not that I know of, but eventually, the state or other jurisiction is going to want someone to pay the real estate taxes.

Aug 21, 2010 01:20 PM #2
Marcy Moyer
eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales - Mountain View, CA
Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist

That is a really interesting question.  I have never heard any discussion about that but would love to know the answer also.

Aug 21, 2010 03:54 PM #3
Eileen Liles
970-216-0530 - Cedaredge, CO
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO

As long as the foreclosing lender keeps extending the Sheriff's Sale date, it would still be an extension of the initial Notice of Election and Demand...just my rambling thoughts using common sense - not that common sense has anything to do with what goes on in the lending industry these days.  Maybe we have an attorney on AR that will enlighten us all on this one.  Very good question, Diane.

Aug 21, 2010 05:06 PM #4
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