Are you looking for a way to make a really, really big difference in the lives of Hurricane Katrina refugees? Do you have an extra bedroom or two? You might want to consider taking in some people rendered homeless by the hurricane until they can get back on their feet. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a forum for people with homes available. Last I looked there were more than 4,700 postings.
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.