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By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The trends of population growth and increased urbanization has put serious pressures on the housing market of Rio de Janeiro. Much of the urban growth of of the city has spread outwards into surrounding areas, while businesses have remained centrally located. The result is cheaper housing on the outskirts, but often nightmarish commutes into the center.

Property prices are increasing throughout Rio de Janeiro, and the elite properties of Zona Sul have become increasingly difficult to afford. This leaves many to search for homes outside of the downtown area in places such . . .

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