Mortgage insurers wrote $17 billion of coverage in August, up 4.4% from July, according to the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America.

The coverage was applied to 136,929 loans, up 5.2%, the trade group said. Defaulted loans brought back to performing status totaled 27,288. But 32,990 new defaults were reported, offsetting the recoveries.

The association also tracks the use of insurance to bolster securitized pools of loans, which totaled $255.3 billion in August, up 82.5%.

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