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Workers prepare a new housing lot at a construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Workers prepare a new housing lot at a construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Workers prepare a new housing lot at a construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Builders work on the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Builders work on the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Builders work on the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A worker places a sheet of plywood at a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A worker places a sheet of plywood at a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A worker places a sheet of plywood at a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Builders work at the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Builders work at the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Builders work at the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A worker carries insulation at a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A worker carries insulation at a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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