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Agency works to prevent local foreclosures

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Home foreclosures are on the rise. Stories in the national media tend to focus on metropolitan areas where house prices shot up over the past decade. As real estate values drop and adjustable mortgages climb many buyers can't afford to keep their homes. Rural areas like the North Country are also seeing more foreclosures. Kathy Cary is assistance manager at the St. Lawrence County Housing Council. She watches the court dockets for names of people about to lose their homes. And she says every week the list grows longer. She told Jonathan Brown the reason isn't falling real estate prices, or even the vague-sounding "subprime lender" crisis.

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