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Given the state of real estate, you're probably not going to be selling for a few years. And that means you can truly enjoy the improvements you make. "We're in an era where, rather than stretching for a trophy home, we can think about ways to modify the houses we're already in to make ourselves happy," says Daniel McGinn, author of House Lust, a book about how America became obsessed with McMansions, vacation houses, and "investing" in real estate during the boom. Let's face it, after all the expense and stress of a kitchen remodel, wouldn't you like to settle down at that honed-granite breakfast nook for a while?
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