SAN FRANCISCO - No commercial bank thrives in home equity lending quite as BankAmerica Corp. does, and it seems no one else will anytime soon.

With its 1,950 retail branches, origination-by-phone capabilities in 10 states, aggressive marketing, and the resources of the nation's second- largest bank company, BankAmerica is the nation's No. 1 home equity lender among banks. And it continues to grow.

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