Bank of America is closing its private-label residential outsourcing unit, Financial Services Solutions, a joint venture operation that is partly owned by title insurance giant Fidelity National Financial.FSS president Greg Sullins told MortgageWire that, "our first task will be to shut down and take care of our one client." FSS employs about 400 and has offices in California, Kentucky, New York and North Carolina. Mr. Sullins said Bank of America has made a decision "to focus on its core business," noting that the decline in conventional residential production was a key factor in the move. (Loan volumes continue to be healthy in the non-conforming market but BoA exited that business several years ago.) FSS was launched in April 2003 during the height of the production boom. The biggest players in private-label outsourcing niche include PHH Mortgage, Countrywide and Nexstar Financial.

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