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Send Us Your Real Estate Questions

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on September 29, 2009

We spend a lot of time here on the HotProperty blog gauging the health of the real estate market and pointing to clues about where it might be heading.

But today, we need your help. Tell us about the nagging questions you have about the housing market (example: How hard it really is to get a loan or what’s the best way to go about securing one? What might a housing recovery look like? Is this a good time to buy an investment property?)

We’ll collect the best questions and try to answer them in a week or two. No question is too small. But we’ll be looking to answer questions that will be helpful to a large number of readers and, preferably, haven’t been answered in previous stories.

So send questions early and often to We’ve closed the comments on this post because we’d like you to e-mail us directly. If you’d like your name to be included in the story, please send it to us along with a phone number where we can reach you during the day.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks to those who have already sent in questions. One request, try to word your questions in a way that they’re relevant to a larger audience. In other words, rather than spelling out your personal housing situation, ask me a broader question. Here’s an example of a great question we received: Does the traditional rule of thumb that housing shouldn’t cost more than 2.5 times annual income still apply today?

Keep the questions coming!



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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