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There’s a 16-home cul-de-sac in North Las Vegas called Via Maria Court that tells the story of the housing bubble, from inflated prices to a wave of foreclosures. In early 2009, Obama vowed that his Home Affordable Modification Program would reduce monthly payments for 3 million to 4 million Americans. To date only 1 million have received assistance. Meanwhile, hundreds of billions were returned to the Treasury unspent. Things are looking up: This year the Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index has risen 5.9 percent, and Via Maria’s prices are edging up, too. Investors are back on the block, including a man from Alaska who paid cash for No. 4811.