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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27223012

House prices have soared in Brazil's big cities in recent years and while more Brazilians are buying their dream homes, there are plenty who cannot afford to do so, as the BBC's South America business reporter Katy Watson found out in Brazil's biggest city, Sao Paulo.

High on a hill in the west of Sao Paulo is Capadocia, one of the city's newest neighbourhoods. But there are no streets here, just paths made of mud - and there are no street lights either.

In fact none of the houses - if you can call them that, for they are all made of tarpaulin - has any electricity.

Capadocia is one of Sao Paulo's many "occupations" - unused bits of land that have been taken over by housing movements to highlight and protest about the chronic shortage of decent housing in big cities like Sao Paulo.

Capadocia is run by the Homeless Workers' Movement. Rebeca de Jesus Alcantara is one of the residents.

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And the housing movements are not just taking over hillsides, they are also occupying abandoned buildings in the centre of town.

Wealthy residents left long ago to escape to more affluent suburbs but rents here still often exceed the minimum wage of around $300 (£180) a month.

As prices keep rising, empty buildings are becoming increasingly popular targets for squatters.

Brazil seems an economic car crash in slow motoin. Still if only they where in Britain there'd be a shanty town boom...

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Brazil seems an economic car crash in slow motoin. Still if only they where in Britain there'd be a shanty town boom...

Why do you think we have strict planning laws and army of Stasi like NIMBY's that report as much as an illegal shed?

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