In springtime, when all things hopeful and botanical bloom, there was a widespread sprouting of press announcements, particularly from the major banks, about increased dollars allocated to the business of jumbo loans. Alas, the soil for such pronouncements has proven poor. A dearth of jumbos persists and the market appears to be wilting. As an executive at one mortgage research company told me, earlier this year there was a flurry of activity with Bank of America and other major banks announcing jumbo loan programs, "but I haven't heard anything since then. The market doesn't appear to have changed much. I think some of these announcements were made to generate good press. The banks were saying, 'Hey, we are open for business -- don't forget us,' but they weren't doing anythin...
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