With the market exit of two more high-loan-to-value (HLTV) home-equity lenders, the maturing sector, now dominated by large, well-financed companies is coming into its own.

Specialty finance companies who would be entering the sector are beginning to realize that it is difficult to stay afloat due to lack of buyers for their loans, sources say. Atlanta-based Altiva Financial Corp. recently quit the business and fired 90% of its staff due to poor liquidity for their loans.

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