The $1.4-trillion-asset company announced Wednesday that it had slashed jobs in mortgage offices from North Carolina to California.
It cut 365 jobs in Birmingham, Ala., according to The Birmingham News, and eliminated 284 positions in Charlotte, N.C., the company's East Coast operations hub, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. Workers in locations including Jacksonville, Fla., San Bernardino, Calif., and Des Moines, Iowa, were also laid off.
"While interest rates remain very favorable by historical standards for homebuyers, a recent rise in rates has affected consumer demand for mortgage refinancing, causing volumes to fall below what we experienced throughout 2012 and early 2013," a Wells Fargo spokesman said.
"We are reducing staff to respond to this shift in demand and to better align and increase the efficiency of our organization."
All employees were given a 60-day notice, Wells Fargo said. The company said that it would try to find new positions within the company for those affected by the layoffs.
Other major mortgage lenders, including Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, have also announced big cutbacks in recent months.