Wells Fargo Said to Eliminate 2,300 Mortgage Jobs
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August 21 2013

Commentary by David Fuller

Wells Fargo Said to Eliminate 2,300 Mortgage Jobs

This additional article from Bloomberg is relevant to the assessment above. Here is the opening posted without further comment
Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. home lender, is cutting 2,300 jobs from its mortgage-production unit because higher interest rates are reducing demand for refinancings, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Other smaller cuts had been made in the past few weeks around the country, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the changes haven't been publicly disclosed. The cuts would equal about 20 percent of the 11,406 mortgage loan officers employed by the San Francisco-based company at the end of March, according to a presentation.

Wells Fargo has said mortgage lending will slow for the rest of this year as higher interest rates make refinancing less attractive. Those loans, which made up 70 percent of the mortgage market during the first half, slid to about 50 percent of applications recently and could fall further in the months ahead, according to a staff memo from Franklin Codel, the bank's head of mortgage production
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