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1. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) – A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

2. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

3. Nearly All Major US Banks Pass Fed 'Stress Tests' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – All but one of the nation's 30 largest banks are better able to withstand a severe U.S. recession and global downturn than at any time since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has determined.

4. US Homebuilder Confidence Edges Higher in March -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market edged higher this month, reflecting improved demand for new homes as the traditional spring home-selling season ramps up.

But the outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months dimmed slightly as builders continue to grapple with a shortage of skilled workers, ready-to-build land and rising building materials costs.

5. Buffett Says Economy Continues to Grow Steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic despite Russia's advance into Ukraine.

6. Complaint Alleges Deutsche Bank Discrimination -

Deutsche Bank allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods in the Memphis area in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to a complaint filed with the federal government.

7. Warren Buffett Offers Lesson in Value Investing -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders.

8. Average 30-Year US Mortgage Rate Up to 4.33 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near historically low levels.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 4.33 percent from 4.28 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage edged up to 3.35 percent from 3.33 percent.

9. US Housing Construction Down 16 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

10. US Homebuilding Dips, But Year Best Since 2007 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction slowed in December but ended 2013 with the best showing since the housing bubble burst.

The Commerce Department said Friday that builders broke ground last month at a seasonally annual rate of 999,000. That's 9.8 percent lower than November's pace of 1.12 million, which was the fastest in five years.

11. Mortgage Market Grows 3 Percent in 2013 -

The mortgage market in Shelby County ended 2013 with a modest improvement over 2012, with signs pointing to more advances in 2014.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,298 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2013, a 3 percent improvement from the 8,027 mortgages during 2012, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

12. Surprisingly Weak Jobs Report Puzzles Economists -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It came as a shock: U.S. employers added just 74,000 jobs in December, far fewer than anyone expected. This from an economy that had been adding nearly three times as many for four straight months – a key reason the Federal Reserve decided last month to slow its economic stimulus.

13. Oakhaven Warehouse Sells for $1.2 Million -

4300 Air Trans Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Buyer: Chob Realty LLC
Seller: Tenn Trans LLC
Loan Amount: $950,000
Loan Date: Dec. 19, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: BankPlus
Details: The 109,626-square-foot warehouse at 4300 Air Trans Road in Oakhaven has traded hands for $1.2 million.

14. Wells Fargo in $591 Million Deal With Fannie Mae -

Wells Fargo says it has made a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle obligations related to loans that went bad after the housing bubble burst.

The deal announced Monday covers loans made through 2008. Wells Fargo & Co. says it resolves nearly all repurchase liabilities it has with Fannie Mae, the federal mortgage buyer.

15. Wells Fargo in $591 Million Deal With Fannie Mae -

Wells Fargo says it has made a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle obligations related to loans that went bad after the housing bubble burst.

The deal announced Monday covers loans made through 2008. Wells Fargo & Co. says it resolves nearly all repurchase liabilities it has with Fannie Mae, the federal mortgage buyer.

16. New Owner of Holmes Properties Files Loan -

The new owner of the Memphis Logistics I and II buildings at 5510 E. Holmes Road and 5540 E. Holmes Road has filed a $28.9 million loan on the properties.

17. Shopping Center Group Moving to New Office -

The Shopping Center Group LLC is moving to a new office.

The Memphis office of the Atlanta-based retail real estate brokerage firm, which leases a total of approximately 4 million square feet of retail space and represents 100 retailers, is moving from 773 E. Brookhaven Circle to 5101 Wheelis Drive, Suite 106, at Clark Centre.

18. US Home Construction Hits Highest Pace in 5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

19. Fed Will Reduce Bond Purchases by $10 Billion in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has sent its strongest vote of confidence in the U.S. economy since the Great Recession struck six years ago: It's decided the economy is finally strong enough to withstand a slight pullback in the Fed's stimulus.

20. US Homebuilder Confidence Surges in December -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence bounced back strongly this month, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday climbed to 58. That was up from 54 in November and matched an eight-year high reached in August. Readings above 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

21. Whitehaven Warehouse Sells for $2 Million -

The 150,000-square-foot warehouse at 2982 Datsun Drive in Whitehaven has been sold to an out-of-town investor for $2 million.

22. Homebuilder Confidence Holds Steady in November -

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market held steady this month, but many are worried that another fight over the federal budget could cause would-be buyers to put off home purchases.

23. Homebuilder Confidence Holds Steady in November -

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market held steady this month, but many are worried that another fight over the federal budget could cause would-be buyers to put off home purchases.

24. Wenco Files Construction Loan for Volvo of Memphis -

7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Loan Amount: $4.2 million

Loan Date: Nov. 7, 2013
Maturity Date: n/a
Borrower: Wenco Properties LLC
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA
Details: Wenco Properties LLC has filed a $4.2 million construction loan through Wells Fargo Bank for the Volvo of Memphis dealership it is building at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

25. Wenco Files $4.2 Million Loan to Build Cordova Volvo -

Wenco Properties LLC has filed a $4.2 million construction loan through Wells Fargo Bank for the Volvo of Memphis dealership it is building at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.

26. French Quarter Deal Collapses -

A Texas-based group had inked a deal to purchase the long-vacant French Quarter Suites Hotel near Overton Square, but the proposed sale fell through the cracks.

Austin, Texas-based ASC Management had until Oct. 31 to close on the purchase of the 105-room inn at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street but did not complete the sale.

27. Fed Proposes Big Banks Hold More Cash, Assets -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Thursday proposed that big banks keep enough cash, government bonds and other high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn on par with the 2008 financial crisis.

28. Builder Confidence Dips Amid Budget Impasse -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling less confident in the housing market, reflecting their uncertainty over the budget impasse in Washington.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday fell to 55 in October. That’s down from a reading of 57 in September. September’s reading was revised one point lower from its initial estimate.

29. US Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination in Memphis -

A fair housing organization is accusing a second major bank of discriminating against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis for the way it handled bank-owned properties.

The National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday, Oct. 15, amended a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleging U.S. Bank failed to maintain and market properties in minority neighborhoods, while paying special care to its homes in predominantly white neighborhoods. The national nonprofit housing alliance said its investigation found that the bank’s properties in predominantly minority neighborhoods were much more likely to have structural and aesthetic problems than its homes in white neighborhoods.

30. Wells Fargo's Profit Up 13 Percent; Revenue Slips -

Third-quarter profit for Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, jumped 13 percent as a decline in revenue from mortgage lending was offset by reduced expenses and fewer soured loans.

31. City Attorney Morris Recognized for Service -

City attorney Herman Morris Jr. is the 2013 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Joseph I. Mulligan Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes a local government attorney for achievements in local government law.

32. City Attorney Morris Recognized for Service -

City attorney Herman Morris Jr. is the 2013 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Joseph I. Mulligan Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes a local government attorney for achievements in local government law.

33. Complaint Alleges Bank of America Discrimination -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

34. Complaint: Bank of America Discriminated in Memphis -

Bank of America allegedly discriminated against minority neighborhoods and property owners in Memphis in the way it handled bank-owned properties, according to an amended complaint filed with the federal government.

35. US Builder Confidence Steady, Rates a Concern -

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

36. Wells Fargo Donates to 10 Memphis Nonprofits -

Ten nonprofit groups in Memphis have been chosen to receive $1,000 grants as part of Wells Fargo’s Days of Giving program.

The program has exceeded $500,000 in donations to Memphis-area groups since it began four years ago.

37. Wells Fargo to Lay Off 1,800 Mortgage Employees -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo & Co. says it plans to lay off an additional 1,800 employees from its mortgage department. The plans come after the bank cut about 2,300 jobs from the same unit in August.

38. Beale Street Future Returns to Bankruptcy Court -

The future path of Beale Street development is back in federal bankruptcy court after a plan that would both lease Handy Park and pay off a $600,000 loan for park improvements was scrapped Tuesday, Sept. 17, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

39. US Builder Confidence Steady, Rates a Concern -

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

40. Wells Fargo Donates to 10 Memphis Nonprofits -

Ten nonprofit groups in Memphis have been chosen to receive $1,000 grants as part of Wells Fargo’s Days of Giving program.

The program has exceeded $500,000 in donations to Memphis-area groups since it began four years ago.

41. Citi Executive Works to Improve Small-Business Status -

NEW YORK (AP) – When small-business owners hear the name Citigroup, they're more likely to think of a bank that caters to big corporate and international clients, not one that will serve their needs.

42. US Banks Earn Record $42.2 Billion in 2nd Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks earned more from April through June than during any quarter on record, aided by a steep drop in losses from bad loans.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says the banking industry earned $42.2 billion in the second quarter, up 23 percent from the second quarter of 2012. About 54 percent of U.S. banks reported improved earnings from a year earlier.

43. Wells Fargo to Lay Off 2,300 Mortgage Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo is laying off workers from its mortgage unit, the latest sign that the mortgage refinancing boom has cooled.

The San Francisco-based bank said it sent 60-day notices to about 2,300 mortgage employees on Wednesday. The layoffs will be at "locations across the country," the bank said in a statement, and a spokesman declined to give details.

44. Handy Park Lease Latest Stage in Beale Endgame -

The city of Memphis has a tentative lease of Handy Park with a group that includes some current tenants of the Beale Street entertainment district.

And the pending agreement would resolve one of the final issues in the city’s relationship with John Elkington, the developer of the district and founder of Performa Entertainment.

45. US Builders Broke Ground on More Homes in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. developers broke ground on homes at a faster pace in July. But the rise was all due to apartment construction, which is typically volatile. By contrast, builders began work on fewer single-family homes – the bulk of the market – and sought fewer permits to build them.

46. US Homebuilder Confidence Nears 8-Year High -

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year.

The brighter sales outlook is the latest sign pointing to a sustained pickup in construction in coming months and comes as applications for permits to build single-family houses are at a five-year high.

47. Average Rate on 30-Year US Mortgage Stays 4.4 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average rates on U.S. long-term fixed mortgages remained steady for a second straight week, giving prospective home buyers more time to lock in historically low levels.

48. Tepid US Retail Sales Raising Doubts About Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Bleaker outlooks at retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy's are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy.

Though the economy is growing steadily, Americans are being hampered by weak pay, higher taxes and tepid hiring. Sluggish overseas economies are also slowing sales for U.S. retailers. It's a picture the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding whether to scale back its bond purchases as soon as next month.

49. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

2150 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $11.4 million

Sale Date: June 25, 2013
Buyer: Realty Income Properties 25 LLC
Seller: Dune SC Sub II LLC
Details: The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

50. Ally Financial Firms Paying $198 Million for US Claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ally Financial and its related companies are paying about $198 million to settle federal complaints that the companies wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners.

The Federal Reserve announced the agreement Friday with Ally Financial, the former lending arm of General Motors known as GMAC Mortgage.

51. Flagler Development Files Loans on Three CVS Stores -

Affiliates of Coral Gables, Fla.-based commercial real estate firm Flagler have filed loans on three Memphis CVS properties – 2115 Union Ave. in Midtown, 3516 Highland St. in East Memphis and 786 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova.

52. Presidents Island Property Sells for $1.1 Million -

2269 Channel Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: July 15, 2013
Buyer: CHS Inc.
Seller: Holcim (U.S.) Inc.

53. Banks' Earnings Pop Masks Deeper Concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) – Major U.S. banks have turned in big profit gains this season, but the news isn't all good.

Much of the earnings increase is coming from cutting costs, rather than growing their core lending businesses. A boom in mortgage refinancing looks like it's about to peter out. And regulators are considering stricter new rules that would force the banks to shore up their cash.

54. Shelby County Foreclosures Drop 10.6 Percent in Second Quarter -

Through various mitigation efforts, the lending giant Wells Fargo has helped some 5,200 Memphis homeowners avoid foreclosure since 2009.

Those numbers come from Wells itself, which currently services the mortgages of about 45,000 families and individuals in the city. Despite progress the lender has made, though, a Wells spokesman said foreclosures remain a “persistent problem” in Memphis.

55. US Homebuilder Confidence, Sales Outlook Soar -

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday jumped to 57 this month from 51 in June. It was the third consecutive monthly gain.

56. Exeter Property Group Files $20.1 Million Loan -

A local affiliate of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based Exeter Property Group has filed a $20.1 million loan on its 1 million-square-foot property at 3955 E. Holmes Road in Oakhaven.

57. June Mortgages Up 8 Percent -

June was a healthy month for the mortgage market in Shelby County. Last month saw 810 purchase mortgages made, an 8 percent improvement from 750 mortgages in June 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

58. Lower Costs Help Lift Wells Fargo's Second-Quarter Profit -

Lower expenses and fewer bad loans helped lift Wells Fargo's second-quarter profit by 20 percent, the company reported Friday.

The cost-cutting and improved loan quality helped the nation's biggest U.S. mortgage lender overcome meager revenue growth.

59. Wells Fargo Holds Home Preservation Workshop -

Wells Fargo is holding a free Home Preservation Workshop in Memphis for troubled homeowners.

Wells Fargo has invited 1,250 mortgage customers to the free workshop, which will be held Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. About 75 Wells Fargo home preservation specialists will be on hand to answer questions, make alternative arrangements and offer help where possible to any homeowner whose mortgage is linked to Wells. That would include people who have mortgages through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wachovia Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial and Wells Fargo Home Equity.

60. Reports Reflect Fed's Message of Stronger Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans' confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 5.5 years.

That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

61. US Home Re-Sales Surpass 5 Million in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that's happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

62. US Home Construction Rises 6.8 Percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders stepped up home construction in May and applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest pace in five years. The gains show housing remains a key source of growth for the economy.

63. World Looks to Bernanke to Clarify Stimulus Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end? That's the question – and the fear – Chairman Ben Bernanke will face this week when he takes questions after a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

64. Homebuilder Confidence Soars -

For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday leaped to 52 this month from 44 in May. It was the largest monthly increase since 2002.

65. US Banks Report Record Earnings for First Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks earned more from January through March than during any quarter on record, buoyed by greater income from fees and fewer losses from bad loans.

The banking industry earned $40.3 billion in the first quarter, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Wednesday. That's the highest ever for a single quarter and up 15.8 percent from the first quarter of 2012, when the industry's profits were $34.8 billion.

66. FTN Financial Makes Several New Hires -

The capital markets division of First Tennessee Bank has made several new hires.

FTN Financial Capital Markets has brought on four new professionals as part of the continued expansion of its national municipal bond platform.

67. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012 -

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

68. Employers Add 165,000 Jobs in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April – and far more in February and March than anyone thought.

69. Buffett Says Women Key to Nation’s Prosperity -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America’s economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women.

Buffett’s views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine.

70. Magna Bank Makes Several Appointments -

Magna Bank has named Frazer Gieselmann as senior vice president and manager of construction lending.

As manager of construction lending, he will lead the bank in providing construction loans to individuals and builders.

71. US Housing Starts Surpass 1 Million in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders broke the 1 million mark in March for the first time since June 2008. The gain signals continued strength for the housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season.

72. Magna Bank Makes Several Appointments -

Magna Bank has named Frazer Gieselmann as senior vice president and manager of construction lending.

As manager of construction lending, he will lead the bank in providing construction loans to individuals and builders.

73. Harold Ford Sr. Buys Sycamore View Property -

1670 Sycamore View Road Memphis, TN 38134

Sale Amount: $1.8 million

Sale Date: April 8, 2013

74. March Mortgages Drop 8 Percent -

From March 2012 to March 2013, the number of mortgages made in Shelby County dropped 8 percent – from 649 to 597.

March 2013 mortgage volume totaled a little more than $100 million, though, up from a little more than $97 million in March 2012.

75. Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 2 Percent -

Someone let out a cheer earlier this month at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit as MAAR President Regina Hubbard gave her optimistic forecast for the local housing market.

76. Cordova Ridge Shops Sells for $1.8 Million -

An affiliate of Norcross, Ga.-based Safeway Group Inc. has paid $1.8 million for Cordova Ridge Shops, a retail shopping center at 1204 Houston Levee Road in unincorporated Cordova.

77. Housing Huddle -

Memphis Area Association of Realtors president Regina Hubbard got an unabashed response from the crowd at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre during the real estate group’s 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit.

78. Chism Joins BankTennessee as Mortgage Loan Specialist -

George Chism Sr. is a newly appointed mortgage loan specialist at BankTennessee.

Chism, who has been with the bank since February 2012, had been a commercial loan officer. During his tenure in the banking industry, Chism has worked at Magna Bank, Wells Fargo and Germantown Home Mortgage.

79. Chism Named BankTennessee Mortgage Loan Specialist -

George Chism Sr. is a newly appointed mortgage loan specialist at BankTennessee.

Chism, who has been with the bank since February 2012, had been a commercial loan officer. During his tenure in the banking industry, Chism has worked at Magna Bank, Wells Fargo and Germantown Home Mortgage.

80. Whitehaven View Apartments Sell for $1.6 Million -

Saddle Vineyards LP has paid $1.6 million for the 128-unit Whitehaven View apartment complex at 1594 E. Holmes Road.

81. Builder Confidence Falls on Weak Supply -

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers.

In the short term, those constraints could slow sales. But builders’ outlook for sales over the next six months has reached its strongest point in more than six years.

82. Consumer Confidence Rebounds in February -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans seem to be more confident in the economy than they have been in the past few months. But that doesn't mean they're willing to spend more money.

Consumer confidence rebounded in February, reversing three straight months of declines, according to The Conference Board, a private research group. But analysts and economists say that doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to be more likely to open up their pocketbooks and wallets.

83. U of M Files Permit for New Residence -

3615 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Cost: $43.5 million

Project Cost: $53 million

84. Tennessee Homeowners Get Loan Relief -

Thousands of Tennessee homeowners have received more than $161 million in loan relief as part of a landmark multistate settlement with five U.S. banks over foreclosure abuses.

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper’s office said on Friday that the relief went to about 4,000 homeowners in the state between March 1 and Dec. 31. The announcement came after a report was released last week by an office monitoring the settlement.

85. Carey Watermark Investors Buys Beale Hampton Inn -

The new owner of the Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street at 175 Peabody Place Downtown, has filed a $22.5 million loan on the property after acquiring the 144-room hotel.

86. US Homebuilder Confidence Dips From 6.5-Year High -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Confidence among U.S. homebuilders slipped this month from the 6.5-year high it reached in January, with many builders reporting less traffic by prospective customers before the critical spring home-buying season.

87. Seminar: Uncertainty Pervades Real Estate -

2013 will be a big year on many real estate fronts – foreclosures, property taxes and property values.

That was the message industry professionals heard Thursday, Feb. 14, at real estate information company Chandler Reports’ 2012 year-end “Master Your Market” seminar at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.

88. Survey Shows Improving Small Business Optimism -

The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index shows that business owners have regained some optimism with the start of the new year.

That’s a reversal from November, when the survey had dropped to its most pessimistic level in two years. The latest Index improved 20 points (to positive 9) in January, up from negative 11 in November.

89. Lender Processing Paying $121 Million to Resolve Claims -

One of the biggest U.S. mortgage processing companies has agreed to pay $121 million to resolve states' claims that it wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

90. Survey Shows Improving Small Business Optimism -

The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index shows that business owners have regained some optimism with the start of the new year.

That’s a reversal from November, when the survey had dropped to its most pessimistic level in two years. The latest Index improved 20 points (to positive 9) in January, up from negative 11 in November.

91. December Mortgages Up 34 Percent -

Much like the fourth quarter, December was also an especially strong period for local mortgage activity.

From December 2011 to December 2012, total mortgage volume climbed 34 percent. December 2012 mortgages totaled a little more than $94 million, up from the nearly $70 million in December 2011.

92. Fourth-Quarter Mortgages Rise 21 Percent -

The fourth quarter of 2012 in Shelby County essentially followed the same upward swing in mortgage activity as was seen throughout the year as a whole.

There were 1,925 mortgages during the fourth quarter of 2012, up 21 percent from the 1,592 during the same period the previous year.

93. Mortgage Gains Point to Solid 2013 -

Shelby County’s mortgage market made decent strides during the past 12 months, posting gains over 2011 and foreshadowing a healthy 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,028 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2012, a 17 percent improvement from the 6,862 mortgages during 2011, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

94. Banks to Pay $8.5 Billion for Foreclosure Abuse -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten major banks agreed Monday to pay $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.

95. US Still Faces Political Fights on Spending, Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A last-minute deal will keep the U.S. from driving off the so-called "fiscal cliff," but higher taxes and continued political fighting in Washington threaten to shake the fragile economy well into 2013.

96. Fewer US Banks Fail as Industry Strengthens -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks ended 2012 with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers.

97. US New Home Sales Jump to Fastest Rate Since April 2010 -

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

Sales of new homes rose 4.4 percent in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s the fastest pace since April 2010, when a federal tax credit boosted sales.

98. US New Home Sales Jump at Fastest Rate Since April 2010 -

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

Sales of new homes rose 4.4 percent in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s the fastest pace since April 2010, when a federal tax credit boosted sales.

99. US Home Sales Surge to Three-Year High -

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes jumped to their highest level in three years last month, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates. The report was the latest sign of a sustained recovery in the housing market.

100. US Home Sales Surge to Three-Year High -

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes jumped to their highest level in three years last month, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates.

The report was the latest sign of a sustained recovery in the U.S. housing market.