More independent mortgage companies joined the ranks of the the top 100 servicers last year, and they did so at the expense of thrifts.

In 1995, 31 of the 100 largest servicers were thrifts. Last year, only 18 thrifts were among the top 100. There were 44 independent mortgage companies on the list, 20 more than the year before, according to figures compiled by National Mortgage News, an American Banker affiliate.

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