Housing: It's Outasight

Sales surge, but prices endanger a durable dream

Amuse of many parts, the American dream is to get a good education, land a job with upward mobility, achieve success and, high on the list, buy a home of one's own. To a remarkable degree, that aspect of the dream las become a reality. Almost two of three American families own their own homes, a far higher proportion than in any other industrial nation. Though foreign visitors are appalled by the squalor of U.S. big-city slums, they are invariably awed by the spaciousness, conveniences...

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