SAN FRANCISCO -- Most suppliers to the mortgage industry are hurting because of slack demand related to the decline in origination volume. But some of the exhibitors at the Western Secondary Mortgage Market Conference here last week are bucking the trend and, for various reasons, having a good year.

For some vendors, business is being propped up by an expanding customer base as thrifts and commercial banks move back into home loans. Others offer servicing-related products that are little affected by production volume, And still others offer cost savings or productivity tools intended to improve the bottom line.

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