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West Bancorporation, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Fourth Quarter Earnings ...
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140124-907061.html
This year, the volume of loans originated declined due to a slowdown in refinancing activity, so the mix of mortgage loan activity was more heavily weighted to home-purchase loans. This typically results in lower margins than loans attributable to

When Did the Rangers Begin to "Suck"?
http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com/2014/01/when-did-rangers-begin-to-suck.html
With Lester Patrick, one of the greatest defensemen of the previous era, as head coach and general manager, the Rangers were successful, every which way, from the start, making the Playoffs in their first season, 1926-27, and then winning the Stanley

Cardinal Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cardinal-announces-fourth-quarter-earnings-2014-01-22?reflink=MW_news_stmp
In November, the bank completed its branch profitability analysis and decided to close two low performing offices during the 1st quarter of 2014. Mortgage Banking Segment Income Review Cardinal also operates several other subsidiaries: George Mason

Austin mortgage exec to lead new Texas lender
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2014/01/austin-mortgage-professional-hired-to.html
Cannatti formerly was the Texas area manager for Cherry Creek Mortgage Corp. He held other positions with Network Funding LP, Countrywide Home Loans and 1st Metropolitan Mortgage. He has served as president of the Austin Mortgage Bankers 

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Six tax mistakes that will cost you money and get you audited

But unless you’re a CPA, it can be easy to miss these deductions, or worse: raise a red flag with the IRS because you got deduction happy. Here are the top six homeowner tax blunders accountants see the most.

1. Missing the mortgage interest deduction

Itemized deductions can be a great way to lower your tax bill. But homeowners, particularly newbies, may be used to claiming the standard deduction because they haven’t had enough of the expenditures that qualify them for itemized filing.

You can deduct the interest portion of your mortgage payments. That might mean your itemized deductions will now exceed the standard, saving you tax dollars.

The savings are at their maximum early on, when most of your mortgage payments go to interest, not principal. Over the years, the balance shifts, and for some it might seem that they lose the itemized advantage. But there’s a way to keep the savings maximized.

The trick is to use an alternating approach to filing, according to Chris Hardy, a certified financial planner with Paramount Investor Advisors in Suwanee, Ga. One year you maximize every deduction you can, including MID, and prepay whatever you can for the next year, such as property taxes and charitable contributions. The next year, you take the standard deduction. Overall, says Hardy, you may end up saving more money.

Another Bank Below Book Value: Premier Financial Bancorp

Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ: PFBI ) is a relatively small and sleepy multi-state bank holding company with 47 branch offices across five states and Washington D.C. which originates residential, commercial, and consumer loans and not much else.

However, unlike some of its community banking contemporaries, Premier has a documented history of profitability as it has been profitable on a net income basis in each of the past 10 years including 2008/2009, bears a uninterrupted dividend payout harking back to 1996 amounting to just over a 4% annual yield today, and has a management team with a very well defined strategic plan in place... which they have actually executed upon to date!

Said management and directors, a closely knit bunch with an average tenure of just over 12 years apiece are led by long-time Chairman Marshall T. Reynolds, whom effectively controls the holding company of Premier Bank & Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust as the single largest shareholder with a 10.2% ownership stake, all officers and directors together own approximately 16% with two other substantial independent shareholders owning more than 5% apiece as below:

My buddy wants me to be a mortgage broker with him, what should I ask for?

He's offering $1000 a month salary plus 30% splits.

He mentioned something like starting at 60% before? But I'm new so he's starting me at 30%?


why on earth would you enter the mortgage business at this time?

I'm unclear about the situation. Are you currently working with this guy and he is starting his own mortgage company?