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What Homeownership Means In 2012

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Paul Sakuma
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AP
Home sales have rebounded after the real estate bubble burst, but has the dream of owning your own home returned?

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In the State Treasurer's race, challenger Wendy Wilton suggested that incumbent Beth Pearce lacks a commitment to Vermont because she doesn't own a home here. So we explore the decision of owning or renting, beyond the sticker price.

Marketplace Money Host Tess Vigel and and Vermont Property Owners Report Publisher Phil Dodd discuss the cultural debate over homeownership and whether it still represents the American Dream.

Also on the program, next Friday in Winooski, teams of computer hackers will compete to create interesting programs about the state of Vermont. And they'll only have 24 hours to do it. We speak with last year's winner John Pile about what he created.

It's The Year of the Book at Newbury Elementary School. The school is one of three in Vermont and three in New Hampshire that are getting free books and other pro-literacy programs, from the Children's Literacy Foundation. VPR's Charlotte Albright looks at the program gives each child 10 brand new books over the course of a year.