WASHINGTON - Attempts to pack a year's worth of mortgate revenue bond issuance into six months caused total housing bond issuance for the first half of 1992 to soar to $10.1 billion, up 81.2% from the $5.6 billion sold in the same period last year, according to Securities Data Co./Bond Buyer.

Mortgage bond issuance alone totaled $7.2 billion, up 74.8% from the same period a year ago, when $4.1 billion was issued. Housing lobbyists said the sharp increase reflected issuers' expectations that the mortgage bond exemption would die as scheduled on June 30.

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