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Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. Weiler

Florida Court of Appeals, Second District

May 26, 2017

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, Appellant,
v.
RONALD and SUSAN WEILER; 380 SEA VIEW COURT #1909 LAND TRUST; MIPC, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company; APRIL J. DEHANAS; DAVID A. DEHANAS; SOUTH SEAS NORTHWEST CONDOMINIUM APARTMENTS of MARCO ISLAND, INC.; and SOUTH SEAS CLUB of MARCO ISLAND, INC., Appellees.

         NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF FILED, DETERMINED

         Appeal pursuant to Fla. R. App. P. 9.130 from the Circuit Court for Collier County; Daniel R. Monaco, Senior Judge.

          Nancy M. Wallace of Akerman LLP, Tallahassee; William P. Heller of Akerman LLP, Fort Lauderdale; and Joseph S. Troendle of Akerman LLP, Jacksonville, for Appellant.

          Scott A. Beatty of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Bonita Springs, for Appellees, Ronald and Susan Weiler.

          No appearance for remaining Appellees.

          WALLACE, Judge.

         Nationstar Mortgage, LLC (Nationstar), a third-party intervenor in a mortgage foreclosure action, appeals from the trial court's order denying its motion to vacate the certificate of title, certificate of sale, and final judgment of foreclosure. Because the trial court violated Nationstar's due process rights by hearing and determining matters that were not the subject of appropriate notice, we reverse and remand for further proceedings.

         I. THE FACTS

         The issues in this appeal arose out of Nationstar's postjudgment intervention in a mortgage foreclosure action. In July 2014, MIPC, LLC (MIPC), filed the underlying foreclosure action against the original mortgagors and other interested parties. On December 4, 2014, the trial court entered a final judgment of foreclosure in favor of MIPC. The real property was subsequently sold at a foreclosure sale in January 2015 to Ted Hofferber, as Trustee of the 380 Seaview Court #1909 Trust (Hofferber Trustee). Over five months later in June 2015, Hofferber Trustee sold the property to Ronald and Susan Weiler (the Weilers).

         On November 4, 2015, Nationstar filed a motion to intervene in MIPC's foreclosure action, as well as a motion to vacate the certificate of title, the certificate of sale, and the final judgment of foreclosure (motion to vacate). Nationstar argued that it was entitled to intervene because it was the holder of the original note, the first mortgagee, and an indispensable party to the proceedings. In its motion to vacate, Nationstar argued that the certificates of title and sale and the final judgment of foreclosure should be vacated because MIPC never surrendered the original promissory note for filing in the court file.

         On February 12, 2016, the trial court entered an order granting Nationstar's motion to intervene and scheduling Nationstar's motion to vacate for an evidentiary hearing. In its order, the trial court provided notice of the hearing by stating that Nationstar's motion to vacate was "scheduled for an evidentiary hearing on March 4, 2016." The order was served upon the Weilers, who were nonparties to the action.

         At the hearing, Nationstar, MIPC, and the Weilers were all represented by counsel. Nationstar argued that the final judgment entered in favor of MIPC was void as a matter of law because MIPC never produced or surrendered the original note. Nationstar further asserted that it was the holder of the original note and had brought in a witness to testify to its chain of possession. Upon further inquiry, the trial court confirmed that the note was not in the court file. In response, MIPC's counsel stated that he "thought" that MIPC had filed the original note, but he was "apparently" mistaken. As a result, MIPC did not object to Nationstar's motion.

         However, the Weilers objected to Nationstar's motion on two different grounds. First, the Weilers argued that section 48.23, Florida Statutes (2014) (the notice of lis pendens statute), discharged Nationstar's unrecorded interest and lien. Second, the Weilers argued that their title to the property was "unassailable" because they were bona fide purchasers of the property. In support of their second argument, counsel for the Weilers submitted an affidavit from Mr. Weiler for the trial court's consideration. The affidavit reflected that the Weilers had purchased the property from and had no previous relationship with Hofferber Trustee. The affidavit further reflected that the Weilers had received no notice of either Nationstar's foreclosure claim before the sale or any defects regarding the foreclosure.

         Nationstar objected on the ground that the Weilers could not introduce the affidavit into evidence or, for that matter, make any arguments at the hearing because of their status as nonparties to the litigation. However, the trial court overruled the objection, admitted the affidavit into evidence, and allowed the Weilers to make their arguments. Over a month later, on May 9, 2016, the trial court entered its order denying Nationstar's motion to vacate. Relying upon the court records, the trial court ruled that section 48.23 "forever barred" Nationstar's interest in the property. The trial court reasoned that Nationstar not only failed to timely intervene in MIPC's foreclosure action, but also failed to record its interest before MIPC filed its notice of lis pendens. The trial court ruled further that ...


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