Boarders: real estate's perfect strangers

House-sharing makes financial sense

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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 never thought of it before started …"