HomeStreet Inc. in Seattle has hired more than 160 former MetLife Inc. mortgage professionals across three Pacific Northwest states.

The new hires are a "substantial majority" of the loan production personnel based in Washington, Oregon and Idaho that had been employed by MetLife Home Loans, the $2.3 billion-asset HomeStreet said Tuesday in a news release. The bank also said that it was bringing on board a "significant number" of mortgage loan processing staffers.

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