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A foreclosed Stockton home. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Banks Agree To Pay $8.5B For Foreclosure Abuse

U.S. banks have taken another step to clear away the wreckage of the 2008 financial crisis by agreeing to pay $8.5 billion to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homeowners.


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Jefferson Award Winner Tends To Needs Of North Bay Farm Workers

When it comes to farm worker rights, Cesar Chavez was a fierce fighter. But for the last three decades, North Bay farm workers have had their own faithful friend, Father John Brenkle.


Inside a life-size model of a 150 square foot apartment. (CBS)

San Francisco Supervisors Approve 220 Square Foot Apartments

San Francisco’s building code got downsized Tuesday with the Board of Supervisor’s approval of a pilot program that will build efficiency units, or apartments with reduced square footage requirements.


A sale pending sign stands in front of a home for sale in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Home Prices Showing Consistent Rise Over 2011

A research firm reports that home prices in the San Francisco Bay area registered a sixth straight annual increase last month.


A sale pending sign stands in front of a home for sale in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drop In Bay Area Inventory Squeezes 1st-Time Home Buyers

Despite low mortgage rates and attractive prices for starter homes in many pockets of the Bay Area, plenty of first-time home buyers are finding the door closed to them, nonetheless.


A sold sign stands in front of a home for sale in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco-Based Real Estate Site Trulia Inc’s Shares Jump 30% In NYSE Debut

Trulia Inc.’s shares jumped about 30 percent in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange.


Would-be homeowners pitch tents in front of the Gale Ranch subdivision in San Ramon on August 17, 2012. (CBS)

Home Buyers Camp In Front Of New San Ramon Subdivision

Would-be homeowners have been camping outside a new subdivision in San Ramon, some of them for weeks, in hopes of buying a home this weekend.


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Melissa Griffin: Could California Use Eminent Domain To Save Troubled Mortgages?

On Friday July 27 Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom came out in support of a controversial plan to allow local governments to seize underwater properties and restructure the debts.


A foreclosed Stockton home. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: HARP 2.0 Helping Underwater Homeowners Refinance

HARP 2.0, a more liberal version of the original Home Affordable Refinance Program, was unveiled in 2011. The new program started picking up steam just a few months ago, according to Rick Harper of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.


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High-Rise Apartment Living On The Horizon In Downtown San Jose

Two developers agreed on Friday to build two high-rise apartment buildings in Downtown San Jose, where the demand for rental housing and desire for an urban lifestyle has grown.