In case you have totally missed the Big Story out there:
"The State of Real Estate"
Lots of graphs, charts, and easy to follow.
Public radio's This American Life had a terrific program explaining this mess we're in, specifically how it ballooned and crashed. I heard it while blow-drying my hair last month. Worth checking out:
"The Giant Pool of Money"
A lot of greed. A lot of foolishness. A lot of herd mentality. A lot of damage. Sigh.