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Top mortgage servicers have completed 91,827 short sales or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure on canceled trial or declined modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program as of September, up 27% from the previous month, according to data from the Treasury Department. The Treasury started HAMP in March 2009 to provide incentives to servicers for the modification of loans on the verge of foreclosure. Through October, those servicers have started 1.4 million three-month trials and converted 519,648 of them into permanent status, though conversions have been going down in recent months. The top eight servicers -- including Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), CitiMortgage (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and GMAC Mortgage (GJM) among others -- have canceled 551,821 trials either due to a redefault, lack of documentation, or the borrower was deemed ineligible. Those same servicers have declined 842,436 homeowners from entering a trial, according to the latest Treasury data through September. Of the canceled trials in that time, 47,001 have been liquidated through a short sale or the homeowner gave up the deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Of the mortgages that were denied from a trial, 44,826 went into short sale or deed-in-lieu for a total of 91,827. Most of the short sales, however, are reportedly not being done through the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, which was launched by the Treasury in April to incentivize servicers to conduct short sales and DILs on loans that fell out of HAMP. Even though the Treasury pays the servicers for a transaction done through HAFA, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program reported 342 short sales and DILs completed through HAFA as of Sept. 30. The Treasury has not released official numbers on HAFA, but has said it expects to before the end of the year. Write to Jon Prior.

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