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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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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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Economists: Fed Buy-Up Will Do Little for Housing

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke again made waves Wednesday with an announcement that the central bank plans to sell $400 billion in short-term Treasuries to keep a heel on still-low interest rates and offset widespread fears that the U.S. economy may soon enter a downturn. The move follows successive efforts from the Fed, which more recently pledged to keep interest rates low until 2013. Speaking with MReport, economists largely panned the effort.

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Credit Union Turning to Technology

Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) is enhancing its technology platforms with the help of LenderLive Network Inc. With the use of LenderLive's loan fulfillment program, DCU will now have improved processing, underwriting, and closing procedures. DCU, the largest credit union in New England, serves clients in all states nationwide, and the company cites rising demand as the chief catalyst behind selecting the new software initiative.

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After Irene, Housing Starts Fall 5% from July

Fewer-than-expected housing starts fell in line Tuesday with dismal forecasts threatening a global economic slowdown, with the Commerce Department and HUD jointly revealing a 5-percent slide back for single-family home construction over August. Market watchers slapped severe weather with the blame for a slump in new home starts across New England, while a nudge up in building starts framed the dark recession cloud with a silver lining. Housing starts plunged to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000 over August.

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SSFCU Invests in Automated Technology

Mortgage Cadence, LLC, has a new client in the Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU). Taking advantage of Mortgage Cadence's enterprise lending solutions, the SSFCU is seeking to enhance its loan originations solutions. The company will utilize Mortgage Cadence's Orchestrator and Finale Document services to gain added compliance measures and document management.

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