VERNON HILLS, Ill. - PNC Mortgage has bought servicing rights on $5 billion of home mortgages from Fleet Mortgage Group of Columbia, S.C., the PNC Financial Services Group Inc. unit said Wednesday.

The servicing rights are part of a $25 billion package that the FleetBoston Financial Corp. subsidiary put on the block in April. The offering was split into four geographic segments; PNC bought the Eastern region piece.

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