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Wanting to diversify his sources of income, Joe Bickford, an employee of the Kmart Distribution Center for 25 years, invested money from his company savings plan into real estate. Now that Kmart has filed for bankruptcy protection and he is on temporary layoff, rental properties like this home on Ohio Street are helping insulate Bickford from worries about his future employment. "You don't want to be reliant on one way of being able to survive," he says.

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