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More and more stories about risky mortgages are popping up. There was that L.A. Times one I posted about the other day.

This Washington Post one talks about the high numbers of homeowners nationwide facing foreclosure because of their high-cost mortgages.

And this Reuters story reported that American homeowners halved their rate of pulling equity from their homes in the third quarter – “only” $113.5 billion in equity extraction, compared to $235.9 billion in the same period in 2005.

It was the smallest amount of equity extracted since $87.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2003.

I’ve got new data on the risky mortgages in San Diego County. I’ll post ’em in a few minutes.

KELLY BENNETT

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