First American Financial Corp.'s deal to buy Interthinx comes at a time of increased consolidation among mortgage industry vendors and would put the title insurer in direct competition with CoreLogic, the company it spun off in 2010.

The $155 million deal, announced Thursday, comes on the heels of rival title insurer Fidelity National Financial acquiring Lender Processing Services for $2.9 billion in January, as well as CoreLogic's purchase of Bank of America’s flood and tax processing operations last year and pending purchase of Marshall & Swift/Boeckh and DataQuick.

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