In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
Ask Alyssa Katz, Author of 'Our Lot', About Foreclosures and the Housing Crisis
Editor's note: The U.S. foreclosure crisis shows little sign of abating; while foreclosure filings fell last month, they remain near a record high, according to a report released today by real estate firm RealtyTrac.
Journalist Alyssa Katz has written a sweeping new book on the history of the housing market in America, Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us. Now, she is taking your questions about the history of home ownership in the United States, government incentives, and the current foreclosure crisis. Leave your questions in the comments area below or in the question box to the right, and Katz will have answers when she speaks to Paul Solman early next week.