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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 across the country and a Web site, called appropriately enough BobVila.com. It’s a got a pretty neat feature running right now. Bob chronicles the construction of a storm-proof home in Punta Gorda, Florida. The house stands on the site of one destroyed by Hurricane Charley last year. Beginning today (Friday, Oct. 21), a digital camera has been set up to take a photo every 5 seconds to see how the home stands up to Hurricane Wilma. Tune in here to check it out.
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.