Despite higher interest rates, purchase mortgage originations in the first half of this year soared across the nation, according to a survey conducted by TRW REDI Property Data.

The survey, measuring lending in 21 states and the District of Columbia, found that the dollar value of purchase loans rose 29% in the first six months of 1994, compared with the same period in 1993. The number of loans also leaped, increasing 25% from 1993.

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