708.03 708.03 Prohibiting lender from designating attorney for mortgagor. A bank, savings bank, savings and loan association or other lender or lending agency requiring a borrower to give a mortgage on real estate as security for a loan or an existing indebtedness may not designate the attorney to represent the mortgagor's interest in connection with the giving of the mortgage if the mortgagor has or desires a different attorney for that purpose. Any person violating this section shall be fined not more than $100 for each violation.
708.03 History History: 1991 a. 221.
708.04 708.04 Removal of buildings from mortgaged premises. The removal, without the consent of the mortgagee or the mortgagee's assigns, of any building from any real estate upon which there is an unsatisfied mortgage, properly recorded, shall not destroy the lien of such mortgage upon such removed building, but the mortgagee or the mortgagee's assigns shall be entitled to recover the possession of the same in an action of replevin, from any person, and wherever the same may be situated, without regard to the question of the adequacy of the real estate remaining to pay the mortgage debt. If such removal be made by the mortgagor or with the mortgagor's consent, all reasonable expense incurred in recovering such building shall be added to, and collected as a part of, the mortgage debt.
708.04 History History: 1993 a. 486.
708.05 708.05 Mortgages, power to sell under. When a power to sell lands shall be given to the grantee in any mortgage or other conveyance intended to secure the payment of money the power shall be deemed a part of the security and shall vest in and may be executed by any person, who, by assignment or otherwise, shall become entitled to the money so secured to be paid.
708.07 708.07 Satisfaction of state mortgages. In any case where the records of the offices of the state treasurer and secretary of state fail to show any payments made upon any mortgage of real estate to the state or territory of Wisconsin since January 1, 1865, it shall be the duty of the state treasurer, on demand, to execute, acknowledge and deliver to the owner of all or any portion of the land conveyed by any such mortgage a satisfaction in due form of law acknowledging the satisfaction and discharge of such mortgage, and such satisfaction when so executed shall be conclusive evidence of the payment and discharge of such mortgage and the satisfaction of the lien thereby secured.
708.09 708.09 Purchase money mortgage defined. A purchase money mortgage is one given as part of the transaction of purchase to the vendor of real estate for all or part of the purchase money or to a 3rd person who advances all or a part of the purchase money.
708.09 Annotation A purchase money mortgage executed at the time of delivery of the conveyance of legal title has priority, as to the property conveyed, over existing judgments and executions against the mortgagor-vendee, whether the mortgagee is the vendor or a 3rd party who furnishes the purchase price. Northern State Bank v. Toal, 69 Wis. 2d 50, 230 N.W.2d 153 (1975).
708.10 708.10 Loan funds at closings.
708.10(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
708.10(1)(a) (a) “Affiliate" means, with respect to any lender, any person that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the lender.
708.10(1)(b) (b) “Borrower" means a person who borrows money from a lender to finance a transaction under a loan that is secured by a real estate mortgage.
708.10(1)(c) (c) “Lender" means all lenders identified under s. 706.11 (1), mortgage brokers, as defined under s. 224.71 (4), and savings and loan associations organized under ch. 215, except that “lender" does not include any federal, state or local unit of government or any agency, political subdivision or instrumentality of such a unit of government.
708.10(1)(d) (d) “Loan settlement" means the occurrence of all of the following:
708.10(1)(d)1. 1. The execution by the borrower of a promissory note, mortgage and any other documents that are required by the lender to be signed as a condition to the granting of a loan to the borrower.
708.10(1)(d)2. 2. The delivery of the proceeds of the loan to the borrower or to a 3rd party on behalf of the borrower.
708.10(1)(d)3. 3. If the borrower has a right to rescind the loan under federal or state law, the expiration of the borrower's right of recision.
708.10(1)(e) (e) “Qualified loan funds" means any of the following:
708.10(1)(e)1. 1. Wire transfer.
708.10(1)(e)2. 2. Cashier's check or teller's check.
708.10(1)(e)3. 3. A check that is negotiable, as defined in s. 403.104 (1), and on which the lender or an affiliate of the lender is the drawee, as defined in s. 403.103 (1) (b).
708.10(1)(e)4. 4. Transfer of the loan funds by the lender into an account maintained by the lender or an affiliate of the lender in favor of the settlement agent or borrower.
708.10(1)(f) (f) “Settlement agent" means a person retained by the lender who provides services that benefit the lender and borrower in a transaction and who receives and disburses money in connection with the transaction.
708.10(1)(g) (g) “Transaction" means a transaction under s. 706.001 (1), including a refinancing of an existing indebtedness that is secured by a mortgage on real property, except that “transaction" does not include an open end credit plan as defined under 15 USC 1602 (i).
708.10(1)(h) (h) “Wire transfer" means the electronic funds transfer system of the federal reserve banks. When funds are transferred by wire transfer, delivery of the funds is complete when a transaction number has been assigned to the wire transfer.
708.10(2) (2) Loan fund disbursal.
708.10(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), if a settlement agent is to deliver qualified loan funds to the borrower in a transaction, or to a 3rd party on behalf of the borrower, a lender may not permit or require a borrower to complete a loan settlement unless the lender unconditionally delivers qualified loan funds to the settlement agent before or immediately on completion of the loan settlement.
708.10(2)(b) (b) If the lender and the borrower have agreed that less than all of the loan funds are to be disbursed at the loan settlement, the lender shall deliver qualified loan funds to the settlement agent only in the amount to be disbursed at the loan settlement.
708.10 History History: 1995 a. 394; 1997 a. 35, 145, 152; 1999 a. 85; 2009 a. 180.
708.11 708.11 Assignments of rents, leases and profits.
708.11(1)(1)In this section, “assignment" means any assignment, pledge, transfer or any other conveyance of an interest in rents, leases or profits, whether contained in a mortgage, security agreement or other document executed by the assignor.
708.11(2) (2)When any debt or other obligation is secured by an assignment, the assignment shall be effective as to the assignor upon the execution and delivery of the assignment to the assignee. The assignment shall be perfected as to all subsequent purchasers, mortgagees, lien creditors, and all other 3rd parties for all purposes from the time and date of recording the assignment in the register of deeds office of the county in which the real property affected by the assignment is located. The assignment shall be governed by ch. 706 and shall be considered a conveyance for the purposes of ch. 706. An assignee who enforces an assignment in accordance with its terms shall not be considered to be a mortgagee in possession with attendant liability.
708.11(3) (3)
708.11(3)(a)(a) Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, the assignee shall be entitled to enforce the assignment without the necessity of any of the following:
708.11(3)(a)1. 1. Furnishing notice to the assignor or any lessee.
708.11(3)(a)2. 2. Obtaining possession of the real property.
708.11(3)(a)3. 3. Impounding the rents.
708.11(3)(a)4. 4. Securing the appointment of a receiver.
708.11(3)(a)5. 5. Taking any other affirmative action.
708.11(3)(b) (b) Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, the assignee may not exercise any right to collect rents or profits created under an assignment until the assignor is in default on the obligation to the assignee. Enforcement of the assignment shall not be considered a cure of an event of default not withstanding the collection of rents or profits in excess of any delinquent amounts due the assignee.
708.11(4) (4)Any tenant or lessee who, upon notice from an assignee, makes rent payments to the assignee in accordance with the terms of the assignment shall be given credit for the payment as if the payment had been made to the assignor, but nothing in this section shall affect the other rights and obligations of the assignor or the tenant or lessee as to one another.
708.11(5) (5)This section does not invalidate assignments of leases, rents or profits that were perfected by other means before May 9, 1996.
708.11 History History: 1995 a. 283.
708.11 Annotation Enforcing Assignments of Leases, Rents and Profits. Leibsle. Wis. Law. May 1996.
708.15 708.15 Mortgage satisfaction.
708.15(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
708.15(1)(a) (a) “Address for giving a notification" means, for the purpose of a particular type of notification, the most recent address provided in a document by the intended recipient of the notification to the person giving the notification, unless the person giving the notification knows of a more accurate address, in which case the term means that address.
708.15(1)(b) (b) “Day" means calendar day.
708.15(1)(c) (c) “Document" means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
708.15(1)(d) (d) “Electronic" means relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
708.15(1)(e) (e) “Entitled person" means any of the following:
708.15(1)(e)1. 1. A person liable for payment or performance of the obligation secured by the real property described in a security instrument.
708.15(1)(e)2. 2. The landowner.
708.15(1)(e)3. 3. The settlement agent.
708.15(1)(f) (f) “Good faith" means honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.
708.15(1)(g) (g) “Landowner" or “owner" means a person that, before foreclosure, has the right of redemption in the real property described in a security instrument. The term does not include a person that holds only a lien on the real property.
708.15(1)(h) (h) “Notification" means a document containing information required under this section and signed by the person required to provide the information.
708.15(1)(i) (i) “Payoff amount" means the sum necessary to satisfy a secured obligation, as set forth in a payoff statement by the secured creditor.
708.15(1)(j) (j) “Payoff statement" means a document containing the information specified in sub. (3) (d).
708.15(1)(k) (k) “Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government, or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
708.15(1)(L) (L) “Recording data" means the date of recording, the document number, and, if given on the document, the volume and page where the document is recorded in the office of the register of deeds under s. 59.43.
708.15(1)(m) (m) “Residential real property" means real property located in this state that is used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes and is improved by one to 4 dwelling units.
708.15(1)(n) (n) “Secured creditor" means a person that holds or is the beneficiary of a security interest or that is authorized both to receive payments on behalf of a person that holds a security interest and to record a satisfaction of the security instrument upon receiving full performance of the secured obligation. The term does not include a trustee under a security instrument.
708.15(1)(o) (o) “Secured obligation" means an obligation the payment or performance of which is secured by a security interest.
708.15(1)(p) (p) “Security instrument" means an agreement, however denominated, that creates or provides for an interest in real property to secure payment or performance of an obligation, whether or not it also creates or provides for a lien on personal property.
708.15(1)(q) (q) “Security interest" means an interest in real property created by a security instrument.
708.15(1)(r) (r) “Settlement agent" means the person responsible for the preparation of the settlement statement for the conveyance of real property.
708.15(1)(s) (s) “Sign" means, with present intent to authenticate or adopt a document, any of the following:
708.15(1)(s)1. 1. To execute or adopt a tangible symbol.
708.15(1)(s)2. 2. To attach to or logically associate with the document an electronic sound, symbol, or process.
708.15(1)(t) (t) “State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
708.15(1)(u) (u) “Submit for recording" means to deliver, with required fees and taxes, a document sufficient to be recorded under this section, to the office of the register of deeds under s. 59.43.
708.15(1)(v) (v) “Title insurance company" means an organization authorized to conduct the business of insuring titles to real property in this state.
708.15(2) (2) Notification: manner of giving and effective date.
708.15(2)(a) (a) A person gives a notification by doing any of the following:
708.15(2)(a)1. 1. Depositing it with the U.S. Postal Service with 1st class postage paid or with a commercially reasonable delivery service with cost of delivery provided, properly addressed to the recipient's address for giving a notification.
708.15(2)(a)2. 2. Sending it by facsimile transmission, electronic mail, or other electronic transmission to the recipient's address for giving a notification.
708.15(2)(a)3. 3. Causing it to be received at the address for giving a notification within the time that it would have been received if given in the manner provided in subd. 1.
708.15(2)(b) (b) A notification is effective at any of the following times:
708.15(2)(b)1. 1. The day after it is deposited with a commercially reasonable delivery service for overnight delivery.
708.15(2)(b)2. 2. Three days after it is deposited with the U.S. Postal Service, with 1st class mail with postage prepaid, or with a commercially reasonable delivery service for delivery other than by overnight delivery.
708.15(2)(b)3. 3. The day it is given, if given as provided in par. (a) 2.
708.15(2)(b)4. 4. The day it is received, if given by a method other than as provided in par. (a) 1. or 2.
708.15(2)(c) (c) If this section or a notification given under this section requires performance on or by a certain day and that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday under the laws of this state or the United States, the performance is sufficient if performed on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
708.15(3) (3) Payoff statement: request and content.
708.15(3)(a) (a) An entitled person, or an agent authorized by an entitled person to request a payoff statement, may give to the secured creditor a notification requesting a payoff statement for a specified payoff date not more than 30 days after the notification is given. The notification must contain all of the following:
708.15(3)(a)1. 1. The entitled person's name.
708.15(3)(a)2. 2. If given by a person other than an entitled person, the name of the person giving the notification and a statement that the person is an authorized agent of the entitled person.
708.15(3)(a)3. 3. A direction whether the statement is to be sent to the entitled person or that person's authorized agent.
2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 267 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2022. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2022, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-22)