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Book ReviewTitle: "Houseonomics: Why Owning a Home Is Still a Great Investment"Authors: Gary N. Smith and Margaret H. SmithPublisher: FT Press, 2008; 240 pages; $17.99 list ($14.03 on amazon.com)Last week, I read a New York Times article that gave me pause. The premise was that many of the penny-pinching and belt-tightening measures Americans have implemented would stick around for a generation. The quote that caught my eye in particular was from a young, single female attorney, who expressed that the mortgage/housing/foreclosure crisis had changed her opinion that homeownership was an inherently valuable experience. She said that now she was OK with being a lifelong renter.As a real estate broker, that comment was like a blow to my solar plexus.But I understand her concern, and ...