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February 7, 2014

Agency MBS Issuance Hits 5-Year Low in January as Market Shifts to Purchase Loans

By John Bancroft

January 2014 marked the fourth month in a row where combined agency securitization included more purchase-money mortgages than refinances, according to Inside MBS & ABS.

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