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As the Chicago region begins to emerge from the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market is flooded with prospective buyers looking to get a great deal on their next home. If you are searching for a new house, family members and friends may have suggested the possibility of buying a foreclosure property. A foreclosure property is real estate—in this case, a home—that is for sale by a lender because the current owner defaulted on the mortgage. Most defaults and foreclosures are caused by a failure to make the required payments.

A foreclosure sale is usually an auction, which means that it is possible to score a great deal, depending on the condition of the property. If a foreclosure property is put up for auction but not sold, the property reverts back to the bank and becomes a “real-estate owned” or REO property.

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Chicago real estate lawyerWhen purchasing a condominium, you need to be aware of the various rules and regulations governing the condominium association. For example, if you fail to pay required condominium assessments or common expenses, the association can foreclose on your unit. And if you happened to be the person who buys a condominium at a foreclosure sale, you may also find yourself on the hook for the previous owner's unpaid expenses.

Appellate Court Determines Who is Responsible for Previous Costs

A recent case from Cook County, Shannon Court Condominium Association v. Armada Express, Inc., helps to illustrate how these issues work in practice. This case involves a condo building in Streamwood, Illinois, where the co-owners of a particular unit failed to pay over $5,000 in condo assessments. The condo association, Shannon Court, then filed a foreclosure action and obtained a final judgment evicting the owners in January 2018.

Shannon Court proceeded to rent the unit itself from August 2018 to December 2018. In December, the court approved a foreclosure sale, which was held in January 2019. A corporation, Armada Express, purchased the unit and took possession in March 2019.

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