Borrowers who caught up on overdue mortgages outnumbered people who became newly delinquent on insured home loans for the first time in almost four years, according to data released Wednesday by the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America.

In February, 68,675 homeowners with privately insured mortgages fell into default, compared with 80,758 who got back on track, the Washington trade group said. The last time it reported that recoveries exceeded defaults was in March 2006.

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