It started out as a simple loan modification for a troubled homeowner. It turned into a $16.2 million jury verdict against a nationwide loan-servicing company.

Foreclosures have fallen to their lowest levels in California and Sacramento County since late 2005, market researcher DataQuick said Thursday.
Home prices are still climbing in the Sacramento area, but at a much more moderate pace than a year ago, DataQuick reported Wednesday.
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Born during the housing bubble, this San Joaquin County bedroom town was America’s most “underwater” community six years ago, a reference to the ocean of homeowners who owed more than their properties were worth.
Citigroup Settlement
Banking giant Citigroup Inc. is paying $7 billion to settle claims that it snookered investors on toxic mortgage-backed securities marketed during the housing bubble, with nearly $200 million of the settlement ticketed for California.

Homeowners who want to cash out their equity might be puzzled by the advantages and disadvantages of their three choices: a home equity line of credit, home equity loan or cash-out refinance.

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