Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Times were great in the 1990s real estate market: If you got in right before the market took off, and cashed out just before it crashed, you could have made a whopping 75 percent return on your money. But ... it was all paper; chances are high the house wasn't 75 percent nicer. And, for most people, returns were lower than 75 percent, some punishingly negative. It all depended on when you bought and sold. But what if you found out you could get a guaranteed real return over 2,400 percent in one year? And …
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