A Beverly Hills, Calif., mortgage originator capitalized on his relationships with real estate brokers who sell high-end properties to finish 2013 as the nation’s top producer by dollar volume.

Mark Cohen, the owner and founder of Cohen Financial Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., has this title for the second consecutive year. He originated $604 million in loans last year, almost $268 million more than runner-up Brian Scott Cohen of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Brooklyn, N.Y. office, who did $336 million. Joe Caltabiano of Guaranteed Rate, Chicago, was third on Origination News' list of top producers with volume of $229 million.

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