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SAN FRANCISCO -- The president's $75 billion plan to keeping the housing market from eating it (see SF Gate story) is said to have special significance in California, the "epicenter of boom-and-bust real estate." The three-fold plan has two parts that are good for us, and one part that kind of fails us. The first two: loan modifications, and more capital for Fannie and Freddie so they can reduce mortgage rates. But the third, low-cost refi for homes losing value, is available only to mortgages of less than $417,000, which instantly prices out a great many California homes, and suggests a tweak to a sometimes Curbed feature: from the Under 500 Club to the Under 417 Club. In all seriousness, though, fully 60 percent of 2005-2006 loans in the Bay Area would be ineligible for the ref...