Program uses job-loss coverage to lure home buyers

With job-loss fears keeping many on the housing market's sidelines, California's real estate agents' association has devised a scheme that uses unemployment insurance to lure wavering buyers into the fray.

The California Association of Realtors program allows home sellers to fund insurance plans that pay buyers up to $1,500 a month toward their mortgages for six months if they're laid off from their jobs.

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