RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Fixed-rate mortgages have made sharp gains in market share in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington, according to figures compiled from recorded deeds by TRW-Redi Property Data.

In February, fixed-rate loans accounted for 78% of the market, far above the national average of about 47% for that month.

TRW-Redi says adjustable-rate mortgages are most popular in California, where they still account for more than half of the market.

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