Rent is just one of the new expenses you'll face when you move out on your own.
The home debt crisis is changing the landscape, causing millions of vacant homes, rising for-sale inventories and downward pressure on prices.
Wealthy people are probably no more likely to strategically default, or default for any reason, than anyone else.
For these struggling towns, the object is to put vacant lots back on the tax rolls.
Nervous lenders are taking an more severe view of mortgage applications when one borrower is out on new-baby leave.
Deals can slide south with lenders pulling back-to-back credit profiles before a sale closes.
Cities, states experiment with how to force banks to clean up rotting properties.
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