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Editor's note: Inman News welcomes Mary Umberger, a longtime real estate writer, to our roster of accomplished columnists. She describes her new weekly column as a "straight-shooting, tales-from-the-trenches look at the ins and outs of residential real estate." We hope you enjoy it! Boarders -- once the stuff of Depression-era cartoons and 1950s TV sitcoms -- are back. It's a sign of our economic times that more homeowners, looking to relieve financial stress, appear to be looking for someone to occupy a spare bedroom in exchange for monthly rent. And although having "roommates" is nothing new, recession-era realities are redefining the players and the living arrangements."Ever since last August or September, when the (stock market) crash really hit, people who had...