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Archives: October 2005

Land Sales Could Slow

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 31

Owners of undeveloped land still have dollar signs in their eyes. But with the housing market cooling, builders aren't so willing to pay up for buildable lots. That means there...

Real Estate Investment Ideas?

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 28

Every December, BusinessWeek publishes an investment guide for the year ahead. This year I'm doing the real estate story. Here's the question my editors want me to answer: Are there...

Cooling in California

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on October 27

The latest data from real estate researcher DataQuick shows an increase in foreclosures in California, the first year-over-year increase in more than three years. Lending institutions sent default notices...

How do twenty-somethings afford houses? Here's how

Posted by: Dean Foust on October 26

The Washington Post recently published an interesting article on the challenge faced by individuals in their 20s and early 30s trying to buy houses in overheated markets like D.C. The...

Home sellers creating their own blogs

Posted by: Dean Foust on October 26

Seems the latest trend in real estate is creating your own blog to sell your house. There are a number of examples of sellers who have done this, including Alan...

Boston housing...on the rise????

Posted by: Dean Foust on October 26

The Bay State Realtors picked a curious time -- given that interest rates are rising, and many housing markets are starting to soften -- to issue a report predicting that...

More Option ARMs and Alt-A Loans

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 25

Yo, yo, yo. Americans' mortgage choices are getting riskier and riskier. A few minutes ago the Mortgage Bankers Association announced the results of a survey of borrowers from the first...

Deer Valley Real Estate Market

Posted by: Amey Stone on October 25

What is the most up-and-coming ski resort for today's glitterati? It may be Deer Valley, Utah, which was just named North America's top ski resort by Ski Magazine. It's noted...

Greenspan's Legacy in Housing

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 24

Forget inflation, recessions, and stock market crashes. Hot Property aficionados want to know one thing about Alan Greenspan and one thing alone: What did he have to do with the...

The Storm-Ready Home

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on October 21

Remember Bob Vila? The former host of This Old House kicked off a whole subdivision of remodeling shows on TV. He has a new show running on local tv channels...

Signs of life in NYC?

Posted by: Amey Stone on October 21

The last time I wrote about my own real estate efforts, the entry was titled, "August Doldrums." Well, August Doldrums turned into September Deflation. Stories, like this one, told of...

What the Federal Reserve Is Seeing

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 20

Here's what the Federal Reserve had to say yesterday about the housing market in its Beige Book summary of economic conditions: Residential real estate activity remained generally strong, but reports...

Home price danger zones

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on October 19

PMI Group, one of the nation's largest insurers of home mortgages, says there are five areas of the country with a risk of price declines over 50%. All are in...

"The Home Equity Trap"

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 18

How's this for a scary scenario? On paper, you're reasonably well off. You don't own many stocks or bonds, but your house is worth a lot more than you paid...

Washington DC bubble...

Posted by: Dean Foust on October 18

A brief note just to point new readers of this blog of a fascinating debate that raging over whether there's a housing bubble in the Washington DC market. There are...

A nail in the coffin of housing?

Posted by: Dean Foust on October 17

I'm struck by how little attention was paid last week to the proposals released by a special commission Bush created to address the coming train wreck created by the Alternative...

Another Sign of a Housing Bubble?

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 17

Housing optimists like to talk about "unmet needs." As in: The housing boom will never end because there's a huge "unmet need" for more and bigger houses. You can find...

Who's Right? Me or Frank Williams?

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 14

I was on CNBC last night talking about my story in the new issue on areas of the country that would be hurt the most if housing goes into a...

Mortgage Abuse?

Posted by: Amey Stone on October 11

I wrote a story earlier this month about how your stock and bond portfolio -- not just your home's value -- could take a hit if the real estate market...

Pimco's take on housing

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on October 03

Pimco, the big bond fund manager run by Bill Gross, has a long record of beating the market. Their take on housing prices and the economy? Pimco predicts a "stagflationary...


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.

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