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U.S. foreclosure-prevention program fell short, panel says

Foreclosure

The government's Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, is on pace to prevent 700,000 to 800,000 foreclosures - a significant figure, but far fewer than the 3 million to 4 million struggling homeowners Treasury officials originally hoped to help, according to the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel.
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Introduction

During the housing boom, millions of homeowners got easy access to mortgages. Now, some lenders have discovered many mortgage documents were faked, forged or otherwise mishandled. Attorneys general in all 50 states have launched an investigation into the foreclosure system, and politicians in Washington are pushing for a federal investigation into the matter.

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