Mortgages

Local man gets 37 months in mortgage-fraud scheme

November 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has ordered an Indianapolis man to serve 37 months in prison and pay $1.7 million in restitution for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
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Second developer facing foreclosure on Fishers property

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of the proposed $80 million project is facing foreclosure on the property at the same time adjoining land critical to the project's development has been scheduled for liquidation by a lender.
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Panel handicaps market recovery chancesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A panel of five veterans of real estate and construction provided industry insights at IBJ's Power Breakfast May 1 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Avoid temptation to delay property tax paymentsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
If you are late in making property tax payments, begin to chip away at your bill by making weekly payments.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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Market, not bailouts, should stimulate refinancingsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Markets, no matter how imperfect, not government programs, manage the economy.
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Fast-growing appraisal firm evolves from subprime pastRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
One of the largest independent survivors of the subprime debacle is staking its future on a real estate appraisal business based in Indianapolis.
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Foreclosed properties create quandary for financial institutionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Cory Schouten
Real estate holdings of the nonbank-branch variety are growing fast on bank balance sheets.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popularRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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Bailout helping PNC take over NatCityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial. The $5.6 billion deal raises questions about the government's growing involvement in banking.
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Lenders foreclose on at least 20 properties in mortgage schemeRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Cory Schouten

Charter Homes recruited and paid buyers to take out inflated mortgages on dozens of central Indiana homes it built, promising to manage the properties as rentals and make payments for the owners, current and former Charter business partners say.


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Lender claims M&I Plaza when it fails to sell at auctionRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Cory Schouten
A Maryland company has taken ownership of downtown's 28-story M&I Plaza just three months before a major tenant departure leaves the skyscraper 70-percent vacant. The new owner is CapitalSource Inc., a commercial finance and investment firm based in Chevy Chase, Md. It had been a lender to the former owner, which defaulted.
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Regulators seek mortgage reformsRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
State regulators want more firepower to fight mortgage crimes. But a month before the General Assembly convenes, real estate interests are uneasy, fearing lawmakers may go overboard.
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