Lots of people will want to get in on this one: California is going to use federal money to pay down the mortgages of struggling homeowners.
The California Housing Finance Agency announced Wednesday that it will spend $420 million to trim individual mortgages by up to $50,000. Lenders will be asked to match the amount, a deal that could make thousands of mortgages newly affordable across the Sacramento area.
The program, launching Nov. 1, will be run on a first-come, first-served basis, said Evan Gerberding, marketing manager for the CalHFA's "Keep Your Home" initiative.
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