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Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — U.S. mortgage rates jumped to a four-month high, increasing home-loan costs as the economy shows signs of strengthening.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.23 percent, up from 4.12 percent last week and the highest since early May, Freddie Mac said in a statement today. The average 15-year rate rose to 3.37 percent from 3.26 percent, according to the McLean, Virginia-based mortgage-finance company.

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