CMAL Financial Corp., which owns a Tampa mortgage bank that does most of its business in the Southeast, said it has a deal that will make it more of a national lender.

The Florida company said it is buying a mortgage bank in California. CMAL's president, William M. Wetherell, would not identify the company but said it is mainly a retail lender and closed about $500 million in loans last year through four branches in the San Francisco Bay area.

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