Lender announces more real estate job cuts

WaMu outsourcing residential appraisals

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As part of a move to shed 900 employees, Washington Mutual Inc. is all but eliminating its in-house residential appraisal department.

Layoffs announced Thursday include 350 employees in the home loans group, of which 320 are members of the residential home appraisal team, said Washington Mutual spokeswoman Olivia Riley. Riley said the bank will consolidate appraisal work formerly performed in-house and by hundreds of outside vendors with two national appraisal management companies.