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More LI borrowers behind on mortgages

About 6.1 percent of Long Island's mortgage borrowers owe more on their loans than their homes are worth, and the ranks are growing, according to a new report.

Mortgage tracker CoreLogic said the owners of 31,987 homes had negative equity or were "underwater" in the last three months of 2010, up from 27,729 homes or 5.4 percent of mortgages a year earlier.

Another 1.8 percent, or 9,434 homes, was in danger of being underwater, up from 9,233 homes a year earlier, when the percentage was also 1.8, data show.

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