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Housing Stumbling in Slowest Season for U.S.: Mortgages

Just when the stumbling U.S. housing market could use a boost, it’s entering the slowest period of the year.

Online home searches, an indicator of demand, peak from March through August, according to Trulia, a real estate information firm that studied three years of its search activity. By September, as summer ends and children start school, searches fall below the annual average and decline further until December.