DENVER - announced a joint venture agreement with First United Mortgage Bank Inc. that will enable to underwrite and service loans in 35 states.

First United, a subsidiary of CFI Mortgage Inc., agreed to process and close's Internet and conventional originations. The venture plans to use initial warehouse lines of $125 million., a subsidiary of North Lily Mining Co., was created when the majority shareholders of North Lily - Stephen E. Flechner and Gene Webb - led a conversion of the 84-year-old mining company into a mortgage lender. They said they plan to combine a brick-and-mortar branch network with telephone and Internet sales and eventually to offer credit cards, insurance, auto loans, and home equity loans.

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