With a view to housing data recently, ~60% of the housing boom price gain has eroded (granted lots of regional variation). In Seattle, the Price / Rental ratio remains too high from my taste, however that may change. Were they to drop, vulture investors will take advantage of the market. I just need a way to monitor the market.
Craigslist provides an easy to parse interface. Really easy actually... Just drop that to a table in postgresql and we're off and running.