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Across the US, foreclosures have surged in the first half of 2023. Up 13% from a year ago, with 1 out of every 752 homes facing default notices, scheduled auctions, or repossession...



What are foreclosure surplus funds?

Foreclosure Surplus funds, also known as excess funds, overages, or excess proceeds, are left over funds that may be claimed by a homeowner when a foreclosed property is sold at auction for more than what was owed in mortgage payments or property taxes.


At times, some homeowners are not able to keep up with mortgage payments or pay the back taxes owed on their property. When this happens, homeowners can lose their homes in what is called a tax sale, sheriff's sale, or a mortgage foreclosure sale, which is a public auction where foreclosed properties are sold to the highest bidder in order to pay off the debt.


In todays real estate market a large amount of foreclosure sales generate more money than required to pay off the debt, resulting in excess funds.


Any excess funds from a tax or mortgage foreclosure sale are subject to priority claims. This means that those persons/parties with a superior right may recover the funds.


Excess funds may be claimed by the person who owned the property at the time of the foreclosure sale, the owner of each security deed that affects the property, or any other party that has a lien or recorded equity interest in the property at the time of the sale.


The lender or the county cannot legally keep any money exceeding what was owed to them unless the overage funds remain unclaimed for a certain amount of time. Depending on the laws of the state, the previous property owner has anywhere from a few months to a few years to claim surplus funds. However, if the money remains unclaimed for too long, the funds become the property of the county or the lender.

Due to a lack of awareness regarding entitled surplus funds, many individuals often leave a foreclosed property without providing a forwarding address. Consequently, they may miss crucial notifications regarding the allocation of foreclosure proceeds. 

Thats where we step in.

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In short, surplus funds occur if a homeowner defaults on a $300,000 mortgage and the house is auctioned for $400,000. There's a surplus of $100,000. This extra amount is the homeowner's rightful possession, rather than belonging to the lender.

Foreclosure Surplus Funds by State

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