For many Las Vegas-area homeowners, it still feels like they're living in 2008 when the housing crash put a choke hold on the nation's economy. They're often faced with two equally bad decisions: keep pouring money into their homes or sell their homes for a substantial loss.

New York Times writer Jack Healey finds one in four Las Vegas residents currently owes more on their homes than they're worth, a rate only second to Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Many of the affluent suburbs have turned into death spirals, where anyone who could get out has already left, and in their place drug dealers have moved in.

Healey encounters several families struggling to make ends meet, with some reaching retirement with a $580,000 loan on their homes and others trying to sell for half their loan value just to avoid foreclosure for a short time.

Politics have also left these residents out of the equation, with many reporting they don't see a choice in Trump or Clinton because no one has addressed the issue closest to home.

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