SAN FRANCISCO - The government may face an uphill battle trying to unload the failed Homestead Savings because of its long history of trouble, banking experts say.

Homestead, based in the San Francisco suburb of Millbrae, was seized Friday. It was the largest Northern California thrift to be put into the hands of the Resolution Trust Corp. since passage of the bailout law in 1989. The thrift has about 20 branches that held about $1.3 billion in deposits.

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