Wells Fargo: King of Mortgages

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If you got a new mortgage or refinanced this year, it’s a one-in-three chance you borrowed from Wells Fargo. New data show that in the first quarter of 2012, Wells Fargo, which is headquartered in San Francisco, originated 33.9 percent of mortgages in the U.S., according to the trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That’s more than the next seven largest lenders combined and the largest market share ever recorded.

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