Housing Crisis Hits Small-Town America

Effects there could be even harsher than in cities.

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With all the talk about how the housing crisis has hit large urban areas—Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami—it's easy to overlook its effect on rural America. But according to the Charlotte Observer, the housing slowdown could be hurting rural communities just as much—if not more—than cities.

"The foreclosure problems in small-town America may be even more widespread than in cities. Mobile and prefab homes make up at least 15 percent of the nation's rural housing, and three-quarters of them were financed with installment or personal property loans rather than mortgage loans," the Observer reports. "When the owners default, it leads to repossession rather than foreclosure, and these defaults are not included in the foreclosure data."

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