Obama to address housing in online chat


President Barack Obama on his BlackBerry. (AP)

President Obama's summer road trip to advance his second term agenda has one more stop: your computer. The White House will host a live online event Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. ET for Obama to answer questions submitted by homeowners, renters and prospective buyers. It will be hosted and moderated by Zillow, an online real estate database.

The online event is one of several conversations Obama is using to detail his plan to strengthen the national economy. Steps he has mentioned to improve the housing market in particular include aiding "responsible" families in acquiring a mortgage and phasing out government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The president is en route to Phoenix to make a case for his plans publicly and will take questions from Internet users tomorrow afternoon.

The Obama administration has made an intentional effort to digitize its communication with the public. The president has a weekly video address and has participated in a number of online chats, most notably an AMA on Reddit.

The White House is currently soliciting questions for the president via social media platforms. They have encouraged submitting questions using YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #AskObamaHousing.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.

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