The parent company of Webster Bank has acquired a $242 million residential mortgage portfolio that consists of loans to hundreds of Greater Boston homeowners.

Connecticut-based Webster Financial Corp. (NYSE: WBS) bought the loans with a goal of using them to develop relationships with “the 500 high-quality customers in and around the Boston area” whose mortgages make up the portfolio, Webster Chief Financial Officer Glenn MacInnes said during an earnings call this week.

Webster entered southeastern…

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