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Shannon Skurner
Vice President 

Texas Agency Manager



I am sending you this ALERT! to inform you of an urgent matter which may affect upcoming closings or transactions.



Shannon Skurner

Centennial Mortgage & Funding, Inc.,
d/b/a Award Mortgage - Bloomington, MN


According to newly released media reports (e.g. the Minneapolis Star Tribune), the Minnesota Department of Commerce has "shut down" the lending operations of Centennial Mortgage & Funding, Inc., d/b/a Award Mortgage, as evidenced by a Cease & Desist Order dated March 28, 2008.


As a result of this disclosure, Old Republic operations or agents should not close loans involving Centennial Mortgage & Funding, Inc., d/b/a Award Mortgage, until further notice from Old Republic


This ALERT! is being issued for the sole purpose of meeting the Company's predetermined underwriting criteria and should in no way be construed s slanderous or defamatory material against any of the parties names herein.

Should you have any questions or require further information,
please contact David Rhodes or Steve Streiff in our Legal Department.


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David Rhodes
Senior Underwriting Counsel

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Steve Streiff
Underwriting Counsel


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