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New ways to finance homes keep bubbling up to counter those lofty interest rates. One technique that's "hot" now: "mingles," shared buying by two or more single people.

Says Walter Blass, vice-president of Advance Mortgage Corporation, the nation's fourth-largest mortgage banker:

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"Many Los Angeles deals have three comortgagors. Some brokers run matchmaking bureaus to team up buyers with a compatible investment philosophy. New $130,000 town houses, designed for the mingles market -- two master bedrooms , etc. -- sell well in Washington . . . .".

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