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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.

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.

HouseLogic Wins Webby!

April 1, 2012: 

HouseLogic.com, NAR’s award-winning website about all aspects of homeownership, has been selected as an Official Honoree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Lifestyle category. HouseLogic received recognition for superior quality and outstanding caliber of work.

Home Sweet Homes

April 1, 2012: 

The second home market surged in 2011, according to data from the 2012 NAR Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. The combined market share of investment and vacation homes rose to the highest level since 2005.

Realtors ® Rally Around Homeownership

April 1, 2012: 

On May 17, 2012, Realtors® from across the country will Rally to Protect the American Dream in Washington, D.C., as part of NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo that week. The rally itself aims to keep housing  and homeownership issues at the forefront of the nation’s public policy agenda on behalf of homeowners and aspiring homeowners.

Help with a Taxing Process

March 1, 2012: 

With tax season in full swing, homeowners can find help navigating the preparation process by visiting HouseLogic.com. At HouseLogic visitors can find a wide variety of helpful tips and advice on homeowner deductions and credits.

Renters Rents Rising

March 1, 2012: 

Renters on the fence about owning a home take note:vacancy rates are declining and rents are rising. NAR’s most recent Commercial Real Estate Market Survey revealed the multifamily housing sector is becoming a landlord’s market, with vacancy rates below 5 percent justifying higher rents.

Don’t Cancel Mortgage Debt Relief

March 1, 2012: 

A law that currently provides relief to troubled borrowers when some portion of their mortgage debt is forgiven is set to expire at the end of this year. If that happens, households who were already struggling to pay their mortgage may face tens of thousands of dollars in taxes because the IRS would count the cancelled debt as income.