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Mortgage Co. v. First Mortgage Co.

Supreme Court of Michigan
Jan 4, 1932
256 Mich. 451 (Mich. 1932)


Docket No. 11, Calendar No. 35,761.

Submitted October 6, 1931.

Decided January 4, 1932.

Appeal from Wayne; Lamb (Fred S.), J., presiding. Submitted October 6, 1931. (Docket No. 11, Calendar No. 35,761.) Decided January 4, 1932.

Bill by the Mortgage Contract Company, a Michigan corporation, against First Mortgage Bond Company, a Virginia corporation, to have amount paid for taxes as purchaser at foreclosure sale under second mortgage declared a first lien on the premises. Bill dismissed. Plaintiff appeals. Affirmed.

Goodenough, Voorhies, Long Ryan, for plaintiff.

Corliss, Leete Moody, for defendant.

Plaintiff held a second mortgage on real estate, expressly made subject to the first mortgage, and containing the usual provision that if the mortgagor did not pay taxes, the mortgagee might pay them and the amount, with interest at 7 per cent., should "constitute a further lien upon said premises under this mortgage." Plaintiff paid taxes, foreclosed the mortgage by advertisement, bid in the property, and the sale price was applied upon principal, interest, expense, and taxes, covering the latter item in full with interest at 7 per cent. There was no redemption.

Before the redemption period had expired, the first mortgage, running to defendant and one Stoker as trustee, was foreclosed by advertisement and the premises purchased by defendant personally. There has been no redemption and the period therefor has expired.

This suit is to decree the taxes paid by plaintiff, with interest at 5 per cent., a first lien upon the premises and to foreclose the lien upon the theory that it is superior to the first mortgage, under Noeker v. Howry, 119 Mich. 626.

Foreclosure of a mortgage extinguishes it. Dunitz v. Woodford Apartments Co., 236 Mich. 45. Plaintiff's lien for taxes existed in connection with and because of the mortgage, and discharge of the mortgage discharged the lien. Vincent v. Moore 51 Mich. 618; Wood v. Button, 205 Mich. 692. The lien, having been discharged, could not be revived. The case presents the added fact that the purchase price on foreclosure of the second mortgage was applied to full payment of the taxes. The effect was the same as though a stranger had bought the property on foreclosure and the taxes had been paid plaintiff out of the purchase money.

Decree dismissing bill affirmed, with costs.


Summaries of

Mortgage Co. v. First Mortgage Co.

Supreme Court of Michigan
Jan 4, 1932
256 Mich. 451 (Mich. 1932)
Case details for

Mortgage Co. v. First Mortgage Co.

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of Michigan

Date published: Jan 4, 1932


256 Mich. 451 (Mich. 1932)
240 N.W. 39

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