Some big banks have cut back on doing business with mortgage brokers -and if the trend continues, many mortgage brokers could close down.

JP Morgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) announced in January that it would end its so-called wholesale operations. It will no longer fund loans arranged through brokers, instead it will make loans mostly through its own offices. And Citigroup (C, Fortune 500) said it will cut back the number of mortgage brokers it works with to 1,000 from 10,000.

Chase took the step of discontinuing its wholesale lending for two main reasons, according to Kelly. For one, “The best people to originate the loans, we believe, are those working in our bank branches,” he said. Secondly, Chase determined that loans originated by brokers defaulted at higher rates than did bank-originated loans.

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