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Missouri Foreclosure Laws

Missouri Foreclosure Laws

Attorney General's Office

Supreme Court Building
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Ph: (314) 751-3321
Fax:(314) 751-0774

Foreclosure Laws in Missouri

Judicial Foreclosure: Yes
Non-Judicial Foreclosure: Yes
Security Instruments: Trust Deed / Mortgage
Right of Redemption: Yes. 12 Months
Deficiency Judgments: No
Time Frame: 60 Days
Public Notice: Publication

Judicial foreclosure: Must be employed when no power of sale clause is included in the loan document. The lender must sue the defaulted borrower to obtain a court order to foreclose.

Non-judicial foreclosure: May be used when the loan document includes a power of sale clause authorizing the lender to sell the property to recover the loan balance in the event of the borrowers’ default. If the power of sale clause includes instructions as to the time, place, and terms of sale, then that procedure must be observed. Otherwise, the process is as follows:

  1. A notice of sale must be published in a newspaper of general circulation once a week on the same day each week for four consecutive weeks, and mailed to the borrowers at their last known address at least 20 days prior to the scheduled sale date.

  2. The sale shall be conducted as a public auction by the lender’s representative or trustee. Anyone, including the lender may bid. Only if the lender is the winning bidder, shall the borrower have one year in which to redeem the property.

  3. No deficiency judgments are allowed.