The Betancourts bought their home in 1986. They were on the verge of paying off their mortgage in 2005 when a series of health emergencies shattered their hopes of owning their home outright. Mallory Yu/NPR hide caption

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For The Black Middle Class, Housing Crisis And History Collude To Dash Dreams

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The house next door to Maureen and Michael McCabe has been sitting empty for seven years. "It freaks me out," Maureen McCabe says. "I don't know if there's animals running around there, mice and rodents." Joel Rose/NPR hide caption

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Ever Since The Great Recession, Zombie Houses Have Haunted New Jersey

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We Stand At The Doorstep Of A Foreclosed House. Then We Go In

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