National City Corp., the Cleveland-based banking company, and market researcher Global Insight are out today with the latest edition of their widely watched quarterly report on overvalued housing markets. It finds that 71 markets, representing 39% of the value of single-family homes in the U.S., were “extremely overvalued” in the first quarter of 2006. As recently as the first quarter of 2004, only three markets representing 1% of total home value were considered extremely overvalued. California and Florida account for 17 of the 20 most overvalued markets.
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.