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Court upholds foreclosure and sale of mortgaged property

Holding that the defendant-appellant failed to show good cause to set aside the default judgment in plaintiff's favor, the court affirmed the trial court's order denying his motion to set it aside. The underlying dispute concerned priorities on a mortgage. Plaintiff and appellant separately loaned money to defendant-Fort Group Holdings "for the purchase of certain real property and, in return, received mortgages on that property. Fort Group Holdings defaulted on both mortgages. Plaintiff foreclosed on its mortgage, successfully bid on the property at foreclosure sale, and, after the redemption period expired, brought this action to quiet title" against Fort Group Holdings and appellant. He did not respond to the complaint, and the trial court entered a default judgment. The court concluded that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying appellant's motion to set aside the default judgment. The trial court held a hearing on appellant's motion. "At the hearing, the parties presented conflicting arguments regarding whether the service of process in this case presented good cause for setting aside the default judgment. The trial court found that plaintiff attempted to serve the process papers" at the house appellant listed as his residence in a recorded mortgage document, that appellant's brother received the papers at that house (which appellant owned), and that plaintiff accomplished alternative service as authorized by court order in response to difficulties in serving appellant personally. The record supported the trial court's conclusion that the service of process was sufficient to withstand appellant's motion.

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