Some of the largest players in mortgage warehouse lending boosted their commitments last year as a shrinking market has intensified competition for originators' business.

Wells Fargo posted a 15% increase and Bank of America an 18% increase in the dollar volume of warehouse lending commitments as of Dec. 31 compared with a year earlier, according to mortgagestats.com. Branch Banking & Trust posted a much smaller increase in commitments; all of the other top 10 warehouse providers showed declines.

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