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Carrick on money: How to get cheaper houses without a market crash

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How to get cheaper houses without a market crash
People want to live in houses in the city, but these homes are increasingly unaffordable for many. Solution: Build tiny houses on lots as small as a parking spot (that's happened in Tokyo).

Another response to expensive housing can be seen in this story about a U.S. builder that is introducing a line of cheap, entry-level homes that will cost close to half of the national median price of $290,000 (U.S.).

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The Fool comes to Canada
I just noticed that the Motley Fool, a longstanding U.S. investing website, has started a Canadian hub.

15 amazing products for $15 or less
Consumer Reports issued this list of cheap stuff that performs well. It's a U.S. list, but many of the products are available at chains with stores in Canada like Wal-Mart and Costco.

Got junk?
A blogger runs through some options for getting rid of the big stuff you can't just leave at the end of the driveway.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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