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CARTER: In-depth news package on mortgages in Mississippi

Click below to read through a series of stories by MBJ staff writer Ted Carter on mortgages in Mississippi. You can find out more in the July 26 issue of the Mississippi Business Journal >>Bursting balloons: New mortgage rules may deflate non-traditional lending >>Balloon mortgages will live on in rural Mississippi counties >>Meeting qualified loan rules may open banks to ...

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Balloon mortgages will live on in rural Mississippi counties

Mortgage lenders operating in 34 of Mississippi’s 82 counties can continue to make balloon-payment mortgages under a special exemption the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has granted counties it designated as “rural” or “underserved.” Lenders in the exempted counties that meet specific requirements can continue making the balloon-payment mortgages without fearing the legal liabilities that will be faced by their ...

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Fitch upgrades rating on Old Republic, subsidiaries to 'positive'

MADISON — Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings of Old Republic International Corporation’s (ORI) and its insurance company subsidiaries on rating watch positive. The ratings were previously on rating watch negative, where they had been placed Jan. 25, 2012. The rating includes Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company of Madison, an ORI subsidiary. Fitch wrote in part: “The rating watch reflects ...

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FNC index shows U.S. home prices up for first time since last July

OXFORD — FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values are up for the first time since July 2011, providing more evidence that the housing market is rebounding as the spring home-buying season is underway. Despite modest declines in March home sales, home prices — based on recorded sales transactions in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan ...

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Tennessee mortgage company opens office in Tupelo

TUPELO — Churchill Mortgage of Brentwood, Tenn., is opening its first physical branch in Mississippi, located on East Main Street in Tupelo. The new Mississippi team brings 30 years of mortgage and banking experience to Churchill Mortgage. Brandy Schulz will serve as branch manager, bringing more than 12 years of industry expertise. Prior to joining Churchill Mortgage, Schulz was a ...

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FNC index finds U.S. home prices declined in last half of 2011

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. home prices declined steadily in the last half of 2011. Since July 2011, prices on non-distressed properties (excluding foreclosure sales, REO sales, and short sales) have fallen 4.5 percent — averaging nearly 1.0 percent per month. The persistent downtrends in home prices are driven primarily by conditions in ...

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FNC index shows U.S. home prices fell in January

OXFORD — FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values declined in January, in spite of continued economic expansion and an improving job market in recent months. The latest persistent downtrends are driven primarily by conditions in the distressed market, which remains overwhelmed by the disposal of foreclosed and REO properties. Down 0.6 percent from December, ...

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Investigation: Mayor Davis arranged city payments to developer after condo deal

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis co-owns an oceanfront Florida condominium with a developer who’s received more than $3.4 million through real estate deals with the city since 2008. The developer, Chuck Roberts, more popularly known as the public address announcer at the University of Memphis Tigers basketball games, bought the $500,000 luxury condo with Davis in 2006. An investigation ...

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Fitch puts Mississippi Valley Title on 'Rating Watch Negative'

MADISON — Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings of Old Republic International Corporation’s (ORI) and its insurance company subsidiaries, including Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company, on “Rating Watch Negative.” Fitch reports: “The Rating Watch reflects uncertainty as to ORI’s ability to continue to avoid a covenant breach under its debt obligations in light of ongoing challenges at its troubled mortgage ...

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Report: Mississippi has lowest average home loan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — LendingTree.com has released data highlighting the average loan amount on residential real estate purchases for all 50 states and Washington D.C. for the year. Hawaii, by far, leads the nation with an average home loan amount of $677,299, followed by Washington, D.C., at $393,453, New Jersey at $344,240 and New York at $340,124. The states with the ...

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