After three years of poor to mediocre business, the Seattle mortgage market is starting to make a comeback.

"As far as the mortgage business goes, the housing market here was quite a bit better in the first quarter of 1996 than it was a year ago," said Richard Bennion, executive vice president for Continental Savings Bank. Originations at Continental were up 20% in the first quarter of this year from the same period a year earlier.

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