When the National Home Equity Mortgage Association merged into the larger Mortgage Bankers Association late last year, the MBA registered a net gain of 77 new members -- but almost half those companies have never paid dues to their new trade master.The MBA said the 37 firms in question likely failed. "They just didn't make it," said Paul Green, the MBA's senior vice president of corporate relations. Mr. Green noted that NHEMA also had its billing cycle last summer -- while the merger was under way. The deal closed in November. NHEMA had 192 members, but 115 were already members of MBA. According to figures compiled by National Mortgage News, at least 30 nonprime-related shops or wholesale platforms have shut down since last year. (See the March 19 issue of NMN for details.)

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