HFS Inc., the giant hotel and realty franchiser, is getting ready for a massive push into mortgages that could quickly make it one of the nation's top five lenders.

The company, which has 8,500 Century 21, Coldwell Banker, and ERA Realty offices nationwide, cleared the decks for its drive last week by breaking with PNC Mortgage Corp., a lending partner it had inherited when it acquired Coldwell Banker last year. PNC had been originating loans at about 200 Coldwell offices.

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