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Euro Area’s Third House Bust Abates as Dutch Stabilize: Economy

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Dutch architect Rien de Ruiter describes himself as a survivor after the housing-market bust that cost half of his colleagues their jobs.

“The situation was disastrous. I’ve been in this business for 35 years and I had never seen a crisis like this,” de Ruiter, who designs housing projects in cities including Rotterdam and Amsterdam, said in a Nov. 13 interview. “Only since this summer have I seen the number of orders picking up.”