What happens when you turn a $10,000 investment into a $500,000 business?

When a group of friends from college bought a home in the woods of upstate New York in 2013, they expected it to be the start of a new life.

But then a year and a half later, they learned that they’d spent their investment in the wrong neighborhood.

In this article, we look at the real-world consequences of the housing bubble, how it started, and how to prevent it from happening again.

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