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Categories: Trends

Is a Vegetarian Real Estate Agent More Trustworthy?

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on July 31

A San Francisco Bay-area real estate broker is targeting his message to an unlike group of buyers and sellers: Vegetarians. I'm not sure what an agent's eating habits have to...

Average American Home Now Has Three TVs

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on July 21

I don't quite understand why – in this age of digital video recorders and streaming Web sites such as -- people pack so many televisions into their homes....

Will U.S. housing go the way of Japan?

Posted by: Dean Foust on June 16

I’m always intrigued by charts comparing a current trend to a previous era, or even to the experience of another country. So I was struck by a few charts I...

NYC's evolution in a single building: Life Savers mints factory-->Gay leather bar-->Planned public relations agency-->Costly condos

Posted by: Peter Coy on May 21

If these walls could talk ... A new high-end condo building on Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan's West Chelsea section has a history that says a lot about the changes...

Tata's Nano Home: Company behind world's cheapest car to sell $7,800 apartments

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on May 07

Tata, the Indian company that made worldwide headlines with its $2,000 Nano car, now plans to build 1,000 tiny apartments outside Mumbai that will sell for $7,800 to $13,400 each....

CEO to wife: "Take my mansion, please."

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on February 09

Gawker has an interesting piece about corporate titans, such as Lehman Brothers' former CEO Dick Fuld, who have been hiding mansions from creditors by putting them in their wives' names....

Are sales up for remodelers, painters and flooring contractors?

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on December 05

Sales are down for private homebuilders, but remodelers and painting and flooring contractors seem to be doing reasonably well, according to data from financial analysis and software company Sageworks....

The link between residents' enthusiasm for their cities and economic growth

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on November 27

A new Gallup study suggests that cities with loyal, passionate citizens are more likely to be economically vibrant. The three-year study, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight...

Latest prediction: California's housing market will hit bottom first

Posted by: Prashant Gopal on August 01

It’s easy to call a bottom to the housing slump. The tough part is getting the timing right. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has made many such predictions. "All the signs...

Selling Real Houses With Imaginary Ones

Posted by: Maya Roney on August 07

Too lazy to go home hunting? Hate people? Like computers? You’re in luck— a $3.1 million home in Mercer Island, Wash. is now available for showing in the virtual world....

Better than Zillow?

Posted by: Maya Roney on July 17

Yet another consumer real estate Web site has launched today. Given the success of Zillow and Trulia, brand-new site has high hopes (the site’s PR person has already promised...

Misery Loves Company

Posted by: Maya Roney on June 25

Can a down-and-out developer and a bunch of struggling rock stars help each other out? SunCal hopes so. The company, which is the largest privately-held developer in the Western U.S.,...

Trends in US housing market

Posted by: Dean Foust on June 21

Global Insight, an economic forecasting firm, recently joined with National City Corp. to produce the latest in their ongoing series of "State of the Housing Market" reports which contained some...


Posted by: Maya Roney on June 11

Here's a photo of Darren Shuster's house, if anyone's interested. Darren was the guy who convinced telecom company Rebtel to sponsor his house for $75,000 when he couldn't pay his...

Creative Financing

Posted by: Maya Roney on June 04

Struggling to pay your mortgage? Try making your home work for you. That’s what Los Angeles-based publicist Darren Shuster did— by turning his house into an advertisement. Shuster found a...

Guess who is insourcing furniture production?

Posted by: Dean Foust on March 26

I grew up in North Carolina, and the middle swath of the state was the capital of the U.S. furniture industry. No more. All those revered manufacturers -- Broyhill, Drexel...

A new way to extract equity from your home

Posted by: Dean Foust on February 14

Readers are no doubt familiar with the phrase “house rich and cash poor,” referring to the many Americans who have seen their property values soar so much that they joke...

The latest amenity in subdivision living

Posted by: Dean Foust on February 08

Forget the pool. Forget the tennis courts, and even the golf course. Victory Lane is a new development outside of Savannah, Ga., that includes, in addition to the obligatory golf...


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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