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It’s not often we get to report breaking news on Hot Property, but I see the bailout seems to have died on the floor of Congress. The final vote was 205 for it and 228 against. A surprisingly large number of Republicans voted against it.
The Dow Jones average is down some 700 points so far today, 400 of that in the last ten minutes as vote was being tallied. It seems this bailout is toxic, much like the mortgages Treasury Secreatary Paulson hoped to buy with the money.
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.