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These housing and real estate story ideas are designed to help media generate content for news stories. Three timely topics, accompanied with background information and facts related to the real estate market, are featured each month. Realtor associations and members can also take these story ideas and create content for their local newspaper, magazines, newsletters, blogs and websites.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a Realtor, contact Maggie Kasperski at 202-383-1290 or mkasperski@realtors.org.

“Pinteresting” Realtors®

August 1, 2012: 

At the core of every Realtors®’ business model is building and developing relationships.  For a growing number of real estate professionals, social media offers a way to meet potential clients where they are and provide information the way those prospects want it. 

Flood Insurance Extended Long-Term

July 1, 2012: 

After years of short-term extensions, Congress has passed a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Value of Walkability

July 1, 2012: 

Walkable neighborhoods are more popular among consumers than ever. According to a new study conducted by the Brookings Institution, people prefer to live in communities that allow them to walk to shops, parks and other destinations and will pay more for a home that allows them to do just that.

House Hunting

July 1, 2012: 

The home search process can be exciting and extensive as buyers take steps toward investing in their futures. The length of time it takes to find that special home varies from buyer to buyer, but on average the search takes about 12 weeks, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Got Homes?

June 1, 2012: 

In areas across the country, bidding wars are back. A recent Los Angeles Times article reports many housing markets have become much more competitive among would-be buyers.

Home Safe Home

June 1, 2012: 

Many families look forward to the arrival of summer and summer vacations. While the warm weather, the packing away of winter clothes and the anticipation of a getaway destination can be exciting, it’s important to remember to take the necessary safety precautions to protect your home while  away.

Small Businesses Feeling the Squeeze

May 1, 2012: 

Small businesses are an integral component of a thriving national economy. But according to NAR’s annual Commercial Real Estate 2012 Lending Survey, the lending environment  is tightening for those businesses and hindering a commercial real estate recovery.

Realtors® on the Rebound

May 1, 2012: 

In yet another strong signal the housing market is on the way to recovery, the 2012 NAR Member Profile shows Realtor® income and business is growing after years of decline. The median income for Realtors® grew 2.3 percent to $34,900 in 2011, the first overall gain in nine years.

Underwater and Underinsured

May 1, 2012: 

On May 31, 2012, the National Flood Insurance Program is once again set to expire. Since 2008, the NFIP has been extended 17 times, and allowed to expire twice.