If you live or own a home in Alaska and facing foreclosure, please see below for the step-by-step process.
When you develop a definite plan of action with well-timed, well-informed steps, you can stop the foreclosure process and save your home. We have outlined the foreclose process for the state of Alaska.
Judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes
Non-judicial Foreclosure Available: Yes
Alaska offers two ways to borrow money against real estate: a true mortgage, and a deed of trust. The true mortgage may be foreclosed in Superior Court, according to the rules of equity. The deed of trust names the trustee who will oversee the foreclosure sale by recording and posting a notice of sale and arranging an auction to the highest bidder. Alaska law provides a procedure to appoint a substitute trustee by recording a proper notice of the appointment.
Preferred Method of Foreclosure: Non-judicial deed of trust sale.
Non judicial Power of Sale Foreclosure
The deed of trust must be foreclosed according to its own terms, provided those terms are consistent with the minimum protections of Alaska’s laws.
Not less than 30 days after the default and not less than three months before the sale, the trust will record notice of default stating the name of the borrower and the book and page where the trust deed is recorded. It must describe the property, the borrower’s default, the amount the borrower owes, and the trustee’s desire to sell. It must give the date, time and place of the sale.
Within ten days after recording the notice of default, the trustee must mail a copy of the same by certified mail to the last known address of
(1) The borrower
(2) Any person whose claim or lien on the property appears of record or is known to the lender or trustee
(3) Any occupant. The trustee may have the notice delivered personally instead of sending it by certified mail.
Any time before the sale, the borrower may cure the default and stop the sale by paying a sum equal to the missed payments plus attorney’s fees. The lender may not require the borrower to pay off the entire remaining principal balance of the loan to cure the default; just the missed payments and attorney’s fees. If the lender has recorded a notice of default two or more times, then the Alaska statutes provide that the lender can refuse to accept the borrower’s monies for the missed payments and attorney’s fees and proceed with the foreclosure sale instead.
Place of Sale
The front door of the Superior Court for the judicial district where the property is located, unless the deed of trust specifies another location.
Manner of Sale
The trustee can conduct the auction or bring in an auctioneer to call out the sale.
The trustee can postpone the sale by giving the person who conducts the sale a signed and written postponement request moving the foreclosure to a different time and place, which must be publicly announced at the time and place originally fixed for the sale.
The trustee must sell to the highest and best bidder. The lender may bid at auction. The trustee’s deed must give the book and page where both the original deed of trust and the default notice were recorded. It must state the notice of default was properly mailed. It must give the time, place and manner in which the foreclosure sale was conducted, and the amount paid for the property at foreclosure. After the sale, the trustee must record an affidavit that the notice of default was properly mailed.
If the lender forecloses by means of an out-of-court foreclosure sale under a deed of trust, then the borrower has the right to redeem the property. However, the borrower does not have the right to redeem if the sale was the result of a lawsuit and a court order commanding the sale.
Judicial foreclosure permits a deficiency suit. However, if the lender forecloses through an out-of-court foreclosure sale under the deed of trust, then the lender may not sue for a deficiency judgment afterward.