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Two New Banks Fail Despite Slowing Pace Nationally

Two financial institutions bucked a trendy crawl for bank failures by folding Friday, pushing the 2011 tally to 73. The FDIC swooped in to corral the fallout from the collapse of Nevada City-based Citizens Bank of Northern California and Norkfolk-based Bank of the Commonwealth, paying out for the former and keeping assets from the latter for disposition. California state regulators turned off the lights at Citizens Bank, while their Virginia counterparts shuttered the Bank of the Commonwealth.

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Fed: Lower Jumbo Loan Limits Unlikely to Crimp Markets

Ahead of lower limits for conforming jumbo loans, nearly assured in October as Congress disagrees even over stopgap spending bills, the Federal Reserve offered a revealing look at the market Friday by releasing a report on the health of the housing market. The consensus: falling limits will likely only nudge the jumbo loan market, not tip it over, as some critics claim. The Fed found that the current criteria for a jumbo fences in only 1.3 percent of all loans backed by GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Study: More Mortgage Professionals Choose Paperless Lending

More loan officers, underwriters, and attorneys are filing their loan documents and closing deals in a paperless environment, according to a recent survey. Xerox released a survey Wednesday that found some 61 percent of mortgage industry professionals are ditching their loan folders, logging in to online systems, and doing more business without paper. The seventh annual Path to Paperless survey revealed some 96 percent of respondents favor a workplace without paper.

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Churchill Snags Second Place Honors

The Nashville Business Journal has honored Churchill Mortgage within its annual list of the top 25 Fastest-Growing Companies. Ranking second on the prestigious roster, Churchill's programs offering traditional, FHA, and VA residential loans secured the company's strong placement.

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BancorpSouth Announces Cowsert’s Replacement

A new executive vice president has been announced at BancorpSouth, Inc., with the appointment of James Ronald Hodges to the position. Hodges' ascension to the role follows the company's previously planned retirement of W. Gregg Cowsert after 21 years of service to BancorpSouth.

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Analysts: Mortgage Rates Stay Low, Likely to Fall Further

Debt crises and stimulus measures stole the mortgage-rates show as more investors flee to U.S. Treasury debt, with mortgage giant Freddie Mac holding that rates dithered by a few percentage rates and finance Web site Bankrate.com finding a fifth-consecutive week for record lows. Homebuyers nonetheless remain on the sidelines despite all-time highs for affordability, reflecting a dearth in demand, confidence, and jobs. Analysts fault a dismal economy and suggest that mortgage rates will remain low.

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CRBC Gets Government Appointed Board Member

Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc, has a new board member with the addition of William M. Fenimore Jr. Elected to CRBC├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós board of directors by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Fenimore├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós appointment was conducted in conjunction with the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós participation in the Treasury├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Capital Purchase Program.Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc, has a new board member with the addition of William M. Fenimore Jr. Elected to CRBC's board of directors by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Fenimore's appointment was conducted in conjunction with the company's participation in the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program.

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Veros and JVI Rolling Out New Product

VeroINSIGHT has lift off, with Veros Real Estate Solutions and JVI Solutions LLC recently announcing the arrival of the new, collaborative product. Targeting property condition reports and regulation compliance, the company's latest technology launch is good news for those conducting collateral evaluations.

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Multifamily Debt Outstanding Goes Up, Alongside Renter Interest

With single-family home sales lagging and more households struggling with debt issues, the Mortgage Bankers Association alleviated few concerns about the industry with news Thursday that mortgage debt outstanding for commercial and multifamily properties rose half a percentage point to hit $2.4 trillion over the second quarter this year. Multifamily mortgage originations are typically those used to finance new rental purchases. The trade group signaled a roughly $4-billion thrust upward in debt outstanding for both loans.

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Dodd-Frank Cheered, Jeered, as Moody’s Downgrades Big Banks

In a surprise move, Moody's Investors Service slashed credit ratings for mortgage giants Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo Wednesday afternoon, citing concerns that the federal government may not rush to pick up their remains and bail out the institutions in another liquidity crisis. Critics and advocates of the Dodd-Frank Act used the downgrades to alternately justify the legislation or undermine it in the national square. The downgrades arrive amid a slew of bad times for the nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós largest mortgage lenders.

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