James B. Nutter & Company
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|Headquarters||Kansas City, MO, United States|
James B. Nutter & Company is a privately owned mortgage banking firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. It is one of the oldest and largest such firms in the United States, servicing $7 billion in mortgages and making loans in all 50 states. James B. Nutter & Co. offers products and services such as conventional mortgages; FHA mortgages; VA mortgages; reverse mortgages; USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) mortgages; no closing cost refinancing; and HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) refinancing options. The company is known for its philanthropy, historic preservation and efforts to promote racial equality and diversity. James B. Nutter & Company acquired a wide swath of older homes in Kansas City’s historic Westport neighborhood and turned them into a collection of eclectic, entrepreneurial office spaces known as Nutterville. The formerly drab houses were renovated and painted in bright colors and surrounded by flower beds. The work has included the preservation of the historic Nathan Scarritt House at 4038 Baltimore Ave.
James B. Nutter Sr. founded James B. Nutter & Company. in 1951, working out of his apartment that specialized in home loans and refinancing home loans. James B. Nutter & Company was one of the first Kansas City mortgage companies to get government-backed Veterans Administration home loans. In 1964, with foreclosure rates on the rise, Nutter’s company created a forbearance program to help borrowers who were behind on their house payments. In the 1950s and ‘60s, James B. Nutter & Company did not follow the discriminatory lending practices of the day and became one of the first companies in the industry to make home loans in black neighborhoods and to single women on a large scale. James B. Nutter & Company continued to countermand discriminatory practices in the 1970s, when its Village Green apartments rented units to anyone who could pay the rent, regardless of race. In November 2012, Nutter received the Harold L. Holliday Sr. Civil Rights Award from the NAACP’s Kansas City, Mo. Branch. During the subprime mortgage crisis in 2006 and 2007, the financial media recognized James B. Nutter & Company for its refusal to participate in junk loan transactions. James B. Nutter & Company. was a pioneer in reverse mortgages, having initiated the first Federal Housing Administration-insured reverse mortgages in 1989.
James B. Nutter & Company employs about 300 loan officers, processors and support staff at its headquarters in Kansas City’s historic Westport neighborhood. The current chairman is James B. Nutter Sr., and the current president and CEO is James B. Nutter Jr.
The company has been recognized by many non-profits given the company's history of donating. Some recognition includes: John "Buck" O'Neil Award for outstanding support of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Children’s Mercy Hospital; board representation for Harry S. Truman Library Institute; Little Sisters of the Poor; Gordon Parks Elementary School; Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society (6); Truman Medical Center, American Red Cross, Rockhurst University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, the Learning Exchange, Habitat for Humanity, Science City at Union Station, Jackson County Historical Society among others
- Kansas City Star Magazine 8/20/12, by Cindy Hoedel, "Mr. Mortgage: As James B. Nutter prospers, so does KC"
- Kansas City Star Magazine, 8/20/12, by Cindy Hoedel, “Mr. Mortgage: As James B. Nutter prospers, so does KC”
- NAACP Kansas City, Mo. branch, http://naacpkcmo.org/upcoming-events/naacp-to-host-45th-freedom-fund-event/. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Kansas City Business Journal, 2/15/09, “Nutter feels the mortgage loan crunch,” http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2009/02/16/story5.html. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum honors MLB's best, 13 January 2013, http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130113&content_id=40943910&c_id=mlb
- City of Kansas City of Missouri public record resolution 11432 on 10/14/2001 recognizing James B. Nutter and Company and James B. Nutter Sr. for providing the foundation for the American Dream http://cityclerk.kcmo.org/liveweb/Documents/Document.aspx?q=%2Fa4oIjQrrx1dMm9IK1WcnrK%2BxAtlqvMLlLVRR79JVlg2Brc%2BbbNn2%2B4qTaI3%2BTnx8%2FwWD8QhnFg%3D