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Crisis In The Housing Market

Housing Market Stuck Despite Low Prices, Rates

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 8:32 am

A bank-owned sign is seen in front of a foreclosed home in Miami. Florida was among the hardest hit states in the real estate collapse.

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Three years ago, the real estate market was simple — simply terrible, that is. In virtually every part of the country, foreclosures were shooting up and prices were plunging. Today, the real estate picture is more nuanced. Foreclosures are still rising, but prices are stabilizing in some markets, making home-buying look more attractive.

If you had talked to some good economists just before the housing bubble burst, they would have told you it didn't make sense to buy a house.

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10:01pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Digital Life

Apps For Exercise, Eating And Sending Postcards

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 7:05 am

Six new apps — clockwise from top left, Chefs Feed, Anthill, Chewsy, Fitocracy, Postagram and RunKeeper — can help you exercise, find food, or just kill time.

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Part of an occasional series on mobile apps.

Today's smartphones have applications that can help you track your latest jogging route — and find a place to eat afterward. And if you snap a nice picture along the way, they'll even let you use that to make a postcard.

Talking about the latest roundup of amazing apps, Slate's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that as a new father, he's been trying out new apps as he sits awake with his young son in the middle of the night.

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10:01pm

Sun October 16, 2011
Barack Obama

Obama Bus Tour Rides Rough Political Terrain In N.C.

President Obama begins a campaign-style bus tour Monday in North Carolina and Virginia to try to drum up support for his jobs bill and his re-election campaign.

He starts in the Tar Heel State, which he won by a narrow margin in 2008 and where he now faces a struggle to stay competitive for 2012.

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10:01pm

Sun October 16, 2011
2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.

For A Bilingual Writer, 'No One True Language'

Gustavo Perez Firmat is a Cuban-American who writes novels, memoirs, poetry, and academic works in both Spanish and English. "But I have the feeling that I'm not fluent in either one," he says. "Words fail me in both languages."

Perez Firmat, who is also a professor at Columbia University, says that being bilingual can be both a blessing and a burden.

"I don't have one true language," Perez Firmat tells Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne.

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Sun October 16, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Housing Recovery At Various Stages Around The U.S.

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Realtor Lee Brown says Charlotte, N.C., has a whole community of "starter castles," which were built during the housing boom. One foreclosed home is expected to go for about half the value it was in 2007.

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The housing market may be getting more attractive for buying a home. Foreclosures continue to rise, but prices are stabilizing in some places across the country. Just as communities experienced the housing bubble differently, they are also feeling varying degrees of recovery.

Charlotte: 'Two Chandeliers In The Dining Room'

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