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Student debt: real estate’s silent threat (access required)

For the past 25 years, college tuition has increased at more than four times the rate of inflation. Unable to keep up with rising costs, students have increasingly turned to loans which, in turn, have created a debt bubble with striking similarities to the dot-com bubble, the housing bubble and the mortgage foreclosure crisis.

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The Jetsons will live in smaller, ‘greener’ homes (access required)

Evolving trends will result in some dramatic changes in the design and features incorporated in future new homes. Most significant changes include generally smaller-sized homes, more "green" elements and high-tech capabilities, larger great rooms, higher ceilings, inclusion of an office or special-interest room and more fireplaces.

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