Acura MDX sport utility vehicles roll off the assembly line at a Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala., in May. Overseas investors have U.S. assets totaling nearly $4 trillion, including auto plants, banks and mines. Joe Songer/AL.com/Landov hide caption

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Despite a strong housing market this year, experts say the recent economic drama has contributed to less stability in real estate. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Gilroy Hain's only source of income is the $1,500 a month he receives from Social Security. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Is this coffee shop going to grow to be the next Starbucks? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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