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BofA defends HAMP performance

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Bank of America is picking up the pace of loan modifications under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and isn't lagging as far behind the industry as the latest numbers from the Treasury Department suggest, the company said today.At the end of last month, Bank of America had made trial or permanent modifications on 14 percent of the estimated 1 million HAMP-eligible loans it's servicing that were delinquent by 60 days or more, the Treasury Department said in a report last week.The industry average was 24 percent, and seven loan servicers have topped 30 percent, including CitiMortgage (43 percent), JP Morgan Chase (31 percent) and Wells Fargo (30 percent), the report said (see story).Jack Schakett, Bank of America credit loss mitigation strategies executive, said that as the lender makes contact with the more than 1 million borrowers in its servicing portfolio that the Treasury Department has identified as HAMP-eligible, it's finding many are not.Some are no longer owner-oc...