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Origination News | Lender Ranking | Fundings by Lender | Statistics
Quarterly residential mortgage production by lender. Subprime, Alt-A, home equity and conforming originations. Volume by quarter since 2003.


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DALLAS -- (May 11, 2009) /PRNewswire/ As residential originations have soared, one mortgage lender was able to leverage an acquisition from last year to grab a bigger share of the market
, according to a lending analysis. Meanwhile, another acquisition in 2009 enabled MetLife Bank to become a top-10 originator.

U.S. mortgage lenders saw production increase 73% from the fourth quarter, based on first-quarter earnings data analyzed by Compared to a year earlier, however, fundings fell 9%.

The biggest lender was Wells Fargo & Co., where first-quarter originations more than doubled from the fourth quarter. Volume including Wachovia Corp. was up 22% from the first-quarter 2008 -- prior to the merger of the two banks.

No. 2 Bank of America Corp. saw volume increase 79% from the fourth quarter. But the bank has not been able to maximize last year's acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp.; the most recent period's originations were down 20% from combined production a year earlier.

Also lagging from last year was JPMorgan Chase & Co., where fundings were 44% below what JPMorgan and Washington Mutual Bank together originated in the first-quarter 2008 before their merger. Still, activity was 30% better than the fourth quarter.

With its acquisition last year of most of First Horizon National Corp.'s mortgage operations, MetLife leapt to the No. 8 spot in the latest ranking. Business more than doubled from the fourth quarter.

Biggest Originators
Q1 2009
Rank Lender
1. Wells
2. Bank of America
3. JPMorgan
4. Citigroup Inc.
5. SunTrust Bank Inc.
6. U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
7. Residential Capital LLC
8. MetLife
9. Flagstar Bank
10. PHH Mortgage

Based on servicing portfolio size, however, Bank of America was the biggest residential lender. All of the 10 biggest servicers' portfolios exceeded $140 billion.

Biggest Servicers
as of March 31
Rank Servicer
1. Bank of America
2. Wells
3. JPMorgan
4. Citigroup
5. ResCap
6. PNC
7. U.S. Bank
8. SunTrust Bank Inc.
9. OneWest bank
10. PHH

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