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VOL. 127 | NO. 75 | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

March Mortgages Up 19 Percent

By Andy Meek

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In terms of mortgage activity, the month of March mirrored the first quarter trend – things are picking up.

Local banks and mortgage lenders made almost 19 percent more mortgages during March 2012 than they did in March 2011, according to data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The number of mortgages rose to 648 in March 2012 from the 546 the same month last year, boosting the total volume from a little more than $81 million to almost $97 million.

The average mortgage amount, though, was essentially unchanged during the two monthly periods. For March 2011, it was $149,218. For March, it was $149,223.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 423 23,573
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 95 5,035

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