The country's biggest originator of home loans is gearing up for a big push in the Tempe and Phoenix areas. 

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the bank's home-loan division, is preparing to open a mortgage center in Tempe and expects to make hire roughly 900 workers in the region, according to a press release Friday.  Wells Fargo will hire 300 full-time mortgage professionals to staff the Tempe center, and 600 at two existing Phoenix-area home-loan centers, the release said.

This will be Wells Fargo's third Tempe mortgage center.

"We will leverage the knowledge and skills of our Tempe-based team members to provide excellent service to our mortgage customers," Jacqueline Hill, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage's executive vice president of national retail fulfillment, said in the news release.

Wells Fargo expects to open the new, 110,000-square-foot center in February.

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