The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "loan agreements" ...
The Oregonian tells a narrative drama of business and finance based on the life of Portland's Andy Wiederhorn. "At 32, Andy Wiederhorn was bold, stylish and very wealthy. Then the bottom fell out of Wilshire Financial Services Group, challenging everything he believed about himself."
Artnews reports on Italian art investigations aimed to protect the country's antiquities. The first piece profiles "Roberto Conforti, head of the Italian art and antiquities police, the largest such force in the world." The second story sheds light on a finding by the Italian investigators that antiquities exposed in American museum and worth millions of dollars have been illegally excavated from Italy in the 80s and 90s. Italy is pursuing claims for the objects and threaten to block important loan agreements with museums, Eakin reports.
Dreams tumbling down; "Manufactured promises" two-part series: The high cost of home & No longer their choice; State will review rules on housing; Troubled homes amid prosperity; Manufactured-housing trade group favors new disclosure laws; Panel urges more regulation of manufactured homes; Panel urges more regulation of manufactured homes; Difficulty follows easy-buy homes; Manufactured home dealers, state reach agreements
An Oregonian investigative series and follow-up stories report on how the rising cost of manufactured homes has forced residents into bankruptcy and moving out. As mobile home parks compete with the site-built housing business, their have become a hardly affordable place to live anymore, the Oregonian reports. Loans for manufactured houses usually carry 3 to 5 points higher interest rates than those for stick-built houses. The stories reveal that the industry targets young families and first-time home buyers, that developers impose additional "park packages" of up to 20,000 to 30,000 per home and that manufactured-home dealers are regulated less than car dealers.
Tags: mobile homes; real estate; trailers; rental parks; poverty; low income; elderly; social issues; bankruptcy; loans; mortgages; foreclosure; Oregon Manufactured Housing Association; homeowners; land development
In a five-month investigation of the foreclosure business, Denver Post finds that homeowners and tenants have been victimized by foreclosure investors who forged house deeds and other documents. Some people who signed agreements, hoping to save their houses, soon lost the property, the story reveals. At the same time investors have been making double or triple more than what they originally spent to get a deed. The investigation finds that most often the object of fraud have been low-income and unschooled residents, as well as minorities.
Southern Exposure details how loan officers and debt collections entice minorities and other low-income groups into signing loan agreements which put them into further debt. The article highlights how debt collection agencies and loan officers usually harass the poor about their debts, Winter 1994.
WSMV-TV (Nashville) airs series, "The Homesnatchers," on a real estate swindle pulled on people who are behind in mortgage payments and facing foreclosure; they think they are signing loan agreements, but are actually signing deeds to their homes, 1983.
Kansas City Star covers the misuse of public funds at a Kansas City housing project, including payments to a phony company for work that was never done; reporters used land records, loan agreements and work contracts to uncover the story, January - July 1984.