The price Altisource will pay for Mortgage Builder is peanuts for a company with a $2.6 billion market capitalization. But acquiring the technology vendor will play an integral role in realizing Altisource's vision of a mortgage-services marketplace.

Altisource would pay $15 million at the deal's expected August closing and up to $7 million in additional earnout incentives for the Southfield, Mich.-based Mortgage Builder Software. The firm provides a loan origination system, servicing system of record and other technologies to small and midsize mortgage bankers and financial institutions.

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