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      US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September

      U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.

      It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines.

      A report by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. shows the number of homes entering the foreclosure process, so-called foreclosure starts, fell 12 percent from August and 15 percent from a year earlier

      The September decline helped reduce foreclosure filings in the third quarter to the lowest level since the October-December quarter of 2007, RealtyTrac reports.

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