Lending Remains Key

After peaking at more than 20 percent of new-home purchases in 2010 and 2011, cash-only closings declined to 16 percent in 2012 based on closing data through October.

Wells Fargo came out on top as the largest lender for new homes closed in 2012. However, the mortgage companies of public builders rank highly for new-home mortgages. Across mortgage types, government and conforming loans dominate as private funding sources are scarce.

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