The currency and economic crises of the past year have done little to cool the mortgage industry's interest in international expansion.

Attendance at the Mortgage Bankers Association of America's fifth annual international real estate conference was down only slightly from last year's 190, and representation of U.S. companies with international aspirations was strong, said Donald K. Lange, president-elect of the association. He also is president of Weyerhaeuser Financial Investment Inc. in Torrance, Calif.

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