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KB Home Forming Mortgage Firm for Buyers With Nationstar

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- KB Home, a Los Angeles-based homebuilder, is forming a home-loan company for its buyers with Nationstar Mortgage LLC.

The entity will be known as Home Community Mortgage LLC, the builder said today in a statement. KB Home made Nationstar its preferred lender in March after MetLife Inc. said it would shut its origination operation. Nationstar, based in Lewisville, Texas, began accepting loan applications in May.

“Creating Home Community Mortgage with Nationstar is the natural progression of our successful alliance,” Jeffrey Mezger, KB Home’s president and chief executive officer, said in the statement. “Nationstar’s performance as KB Home’s preferred mortgage lender has already resulted in more consistent execution.”

Nationstar, which has offered financing on-site at KB Home’s communities, has a portfolio of about $425 billion and more than 2.5 million customers, according to the statement. Nationstar will continue to operate as KB Home’s preferred lender until later this year when Home Community Mortgage begins operating, the builder said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Prashant Gopal in Boston at pgopal2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kara Wetzel at kwetzel@bloomberg.net

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