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Investors in mortgage securities swung from irrational exuberance to equally irrational pessism. Not long ago, they seemed to have concluded that just about every house in America was going to be foreclosed on. Now some rationality is returning. People are realizing that there is some real value in some of the private-label residential mortgage-backed securities that were issued during the go-go years, 2004-2007. Notice I said “some,” not all. There are plenty of losses left to be felt in the housing market. I wrote about investors’ efforts to pick out the sweet fruit from the lemons in a news story. Let me know what you think.
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.