Shakeup Among Top-10 Lenders

Shakeup Among Top-10 Lenders DALLAS, TX - The top residential lender was unseated in's Third Quarter 2009 Production Ranking, while Citigroup Inc. fell two spots. Aggregate U.S. originations were off by nearly one-fourth. An analysis by of home loan production indicated that overall third-quarter volume was 22% lower than the second quarter. Compared to a year ago, however, fundings were 40% higher. The data were derived from quarterly earnings reports, public filings or directly from the companies.

The biggest lender was Bank of America Corp., which funded $98 billion during the third quarter. BoA's business was off 14% from the prior quarter but more than two-thirds better than a year ago. BoA previously ranked second.

Wells Fargo & Co. came in at No. 2 - relinquishing its top second-quarter ranking. Wells saw volume fall by over one-fourth from the second quarter.

Originations at No. 3 JPMorgan Chase & Co. were off 10% from the second quarter, while GMAC Financial Services came in about 17% worse.

No. 5 U.S. Bancorp was down just 9% - the best performance by any top-10 lender.

Citigroup, which had ranked as the fourth largest lender in the prior report, saw volume tumble by more than half - the largest quarterly decline among the 10 biggest lenders - leaving it as the sixth biggest lender in the third quarter. Citigroup's business was down more than a third from a year earlier, the worst year-over-year performance.

With its August acquisition of failed Colonial Bank, BB&T Corp. leapt to No. 10 in the third-quarter report.

Fifth Third Bancorp, which didn't rank among the top 10 lenders, saw its volume soar 120% from the third-quarter 2008 - the biggest annual increase among lenders tracked by

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