The two biggest mortgage lenders in the United States

The two biggest mortgage lenders in the United States

The two biggest mortgage lenders in the United States.

They rank mortgage lenders on how many new loans they originate, and how many loans they service. So going by the above yardstick, the biggest originator of home loans is based on the West Coast, while the biggest mortgage servicer is based on the East Coast. These are figures from the Third Quarter 2010 Mortgage Lender Ranking report from Mortgage Daily.

Mortgage originations represent transactions where the purchase of a home is financed or an existing mortgage is refinanced. In either case, the borrower — who is the consumer in the transaction — must attend a loan closing and sign a myriad of loan documents.

During the third quarter, U.S. mortgage originations were up one-third from the second quarter, according to a analysis of activity. Business was down 37 percent, however, from the third-quarter 2009.

Based on origination volume, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. — with more than $100 billion in residential originations — was the biggest mortgage lender during the third quarter. The company’s mortgage subsidiary, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, operates from Des Moines, Iowa.

Quicken Loans Inc. managed to move up two spots from the prior report.

Rank Q3 Q2
1 Wells Wells
2 BofA BofA
3 Chase Chase
5 Citigroup Citigroup
6 US Bank US Bank
8 Quicken SunTrust
9 SunTrust Flagstar
10 Flagstar Quicken & MetLife

The second measure of mortgage lender size is the amount of mortgages they service, including loans originated in prior periods. Servicers collect payments each month and pass on interest earned to investors or to their own bottom lines.

Based on mortgage servicing portfolio size, Bank of America Corp. is the biggest U.S. servicer. While BofA is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., its mortgage subsidiary, Bank of America Home Loans, is based in Calabasas, Calif.

Rank Q2
1 BofA
2 Wells
3 Chase
4 Citigroup
6 US Bank
8 SunTrust
10 OneWest

Full Mortgage Lender Ranking at:

Complete mortgage origination news coverage at:

Full Mortgage Servicer Ranking at:

Mortgage statistics are at:

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Authored by: Sean McInnes

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