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Big Banks Back Away From Mortgages; Nonbank Lenders Pick Up Slack

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Big banks are continuing to back away from offering mortgages, allowing nonbank lenders such as Freedom Mortgage and Quicken Loans to grab a bigger share of the market.

Although the big banks such as Bank of America(BACGet Report) , JPMorgan Chase(JPMGet Report) and Wells Fargo(WFC) are still happy to provide mortgages to wealthy borrowers with strong credit records, they are much more cautious about higher-risk loans, even ones that meet underwriting requirements of government agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae(FNMA) , Freddie Mac(FMCC) or Ginnie Mae.

That has created an opportunity for nonbank lenders such as Freedom Mortgage, a privately held lender based in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Although fewer mortgages were originated last year than in 2013, Freedom Mortgage actually increased…

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