'Homesharing' Trend Picks Up Steam

Leave it to the Baby Boomer generation to transform an old idea into a new trend. In this case, taking in a roommate to help make ends meet. Deerfield, Ill., Patch tells us about the rise in "homesharing," particularly in affluent communities, and talks to a self-described "professional matchmaker" who connects homeowners in need of a little extra income with renters looking for affordable digs.

Like many struggling during these hard economic times, one Highland Park homeowner was having difficulties paying her bills.

"I needed some additional income," said Helen, who did not want her last name included for privacy reasons. So the interior decorator decided to cash in on one of her assets that was paid for: her home.