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Glass v. Zaftrin, LLC

Court of Appeals of North Carolina

February 3, 2015

PHILLIP A. GLASS, Fiduciary,
v.
ZAFTRIN, LLC, Upset Bidder

Heard in the Court of Appeals January 7, 2015

No appellee brief filed.

Moffatt & Moffatt, PLLC, by Tyler R. Moffatt, for appellant.

STEELMAN, Judge. Judges DIETZ and INMAN concur.

OPINION

Appeal by Zaftrin, LLC, upset bidder from judgment entered 6 June 2014 by Judge C. Thomas Edwards in Caldwell County Superior Court, No. 13 SP 23.

STEELMAN, Judge.

Where the highest bidder at a foreclosure sale defaulted on its bid, and the sale price at a subsequent sale exceeded the defaulted bid, plus the costs of resale, the defaulting bidder was entitled to a refund of its entire deposit.

I. Factual and Procedural Background

On 28 February 2006, James and Robbin Osborne (the Osbornes) procured a loan from New Century Mortgage Corporation. This loan was secured by a deed of trust on real property located in Caldwell County. On 7 March 2012, the note and deed of trust were

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assigned to Deutche Bank National Trust Company (DB). DB appointed Phillip A. Glass (Glass) as substitute trustee. Upon the Osbornes' default in payments due under the note, DB directed Glass to commence foreclosure proceedings. On 7 May 2013, the Clerk of Court in Caldwell County ordered foreclosure, and a public sale was held on 4 June 2013. At that foreclosure sale, DB was the highest bidder, in the amount of $220,000.00. After the receipt of upset bids, Glass resold the property at a public sale on 13 August 2013. The highest bidder at that sale was Zaftrin, LLC (Zaftrin), in the amount of $315,000.00. Zaftrin paid a deposit of $15,750.00 into the office of the Clerk of Court.

On 11 September 2013, Zaftrin notified Glass that it was unable to proceed with purchase of the property, thus defaulting on its bid. Glass moved the Court for an order to resell the property. On 19 November 2013, DB was the highest bidder, in the amount of $350,000.00.

After the resale was confirmed, Zaftrin sought a refund of its deposit. On 7 January 2014, Glass moved that the Clerk of Court disburse the deposit to Zaftrin, less the costs of resale, $1,469.80, a net disbursement of $14,280.20. The Clerk of Court granted Glass' motion. On 30 January 2014, Zaftrin filed a response to the motion, asserting that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 45-21.30(d) does not provide for the deduction of the costs of resale where the resale price is higher than the defaulting bid. On 5 March 2014, the Clerk of Court ruled that Zaftrin was entitled to a full refund of its deposit.

On 9 April 2014, Glass appealed the Clerk of Court's ruling to the Superior Court of Caldwell County. On 6 June 2014, the trial court ordered the Clerk of Court to disburse $1,469.80, the costs of resale, to ...


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