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Editor's note: The fragmented real estate industry seems to be consolidating. But is it really? And is it good for the consumer? This four-part series looks at the trend of consolidation, who wins, who loses, and who is driving it. (See Part 1: NRT: The mega consolidator; Part 2: Brand names move into technology space; and Part 4: Brokerages combine while market explodes.) Geoff Robbins, regional manager for Colonial National Mortgage, sees opportunities in the consolidation of mortgage lenders. A few weeks ago, for instance, a headhunter called to ask him whether he was interested in hiring employees of a mortgage branch that was closing as the result of a recent merger. "It didn't work out, but I definitely looked at it as an opportunity," Robbins said. Beyond the chance to hire experie...