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With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop as early as this week ...

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After complaints, city retooling rental housing code

AMORY — The City of Amory is redrafting a rental housing code to combat what officials say is blight and deterioration that many residents feel not only bring property values down, but signals a decline in the quality of living. “Rental housing is just one area of our problems, but we are focusing on it due to citizen complaints,” city ...

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Property owner settles housing discrimination lawsuit

MAGEE — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Mississippi company will pay a $27,000 settlement in a housing discrimination lawsuit. M.M. and S. Inc. agreed, according to a press release, to pay $20,000 to a family for refusing to rent a home to them, and a civil penalty of $7,000 to the United States. The lawsuit alleged that the ...

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Jackson area housing prices up nearly 4 percent

In Jackson, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.8 percent in February 2013 compared to February 2012. On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 1.2 percent in February 2013 compared to January 2013. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices increased by 6.2 percent in February 2013 compared to February 2012. On a month-over-month basis, excluding distressed ...

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Mortgage tech company goes global with Brazilian office

OXFORD — FNC Inc., a mortgage technology company, took its operations global this week, officially opening an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Last fall, Sao Paulo-based Cetip — Latin America’s largest depository of fixed income securities — selected FNC to deliver a comprehensive collateral management solution for the Brazilian mortgage industry. “We at Cetip are excited to be partnered with ...

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Index: Property values continued their rebound into 2013

OXFORD – The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. property values continued to recover through January — the 11th consecutive month of rising prices. Despite the uneven pace of price gains across different geographical markets, there are clear signs that the housing recovery is increasingly widespread, according to the Oxford-based mortgage technology company. A limited housing supply ...

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Former contractor's federal bank fraud trial rescheduled

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven city contractor James Malcolm Harris Jr., who has business ties to Mayor Greg Davis and was recently indicted on bank fraud charges, has had his federal trial reset for Sept. 9. Harris’ attorney, David Hill, asked the court to delay a March 4 trial, saying they needed more time to prepare the case. The Commercial Appeal ...

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MEMA soliciting landlords in tornado-torn counties

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Landlords with available rental properties in Mississippi are urged to contact a housing locator service to list their available rental properties. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together to find housing for those displaced by the recent tornadoes, storms and flooding. In support of that, they encourage Mississippi landlords in ...

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From container to guesthouse

Bill Lilly, LEED AP, describes them as “white-knuckle experiences.” The Oxford homebuilder and owner of Village Green Builders Inc. says he had a number of such moments while building the state’s first home from shipping containers. Shipping container, sweet shipping container (Related story) The worries began early, and were not always high-tech in nature. “The first concern was getting a ...

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Would you set up house in a shipping container?

The story begins with a missed invoice and a passion for sustainable construction, takes a winding path through California and Georgia and ends in Oxford with arguably the most unique house in the State of Mississippi. See “How-to” video below “I’ve had a lot of interest and inquiries since, but the Barton home is the only one so far that ...

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