The Modesto Bee is sponsoring a free "Housing in Turmoil" forum Saturday focused on providing consumers with information they can use to deal with a variety of issues related to the region's challenging real estate market.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Housing Finance Authority and the Stanislaus County district attorney's office as well as representatives from the lending and real estate industries will be panelists.
The forum, which begins at 11 a.m., will start with short presentations from each speaker on topics such as how to avoid fraud and scams aimed at distressed homeowners, how to sell a home in today's market and how to work with lenders if facing foreclosure. Speakers also will identify government-backed loan programs available to the public, including those designed to help avoid foreclosure.
After the presentations, the panel will field questions from attendees and people submitting queries through modbee.com. If time permits, attendees may have the chance to ask one-on-one questions of a speaker.
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The event is set to end at 12:30 p.m.
The forum will be in the C.K. McClatchy conference room at The Modesto Bee, 1325 H St., in Modesto. Seating is limited; to reserve a space, call 578-2177.
Questions can be submitted before or during the meeting by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.