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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.

Patent Trolls Prey on Small Businesses

April 1, 2014: 

Realtors® are urging Congress to pass comprehensive patent reform that protects innovators and main street businesses from broad claims of patent infringement.

Commercial Market on the Rise

April 1, 2014: 

Commercial real estate has been a significant factor in America’s economic growth. So, it’s a positive sign that Realtors® reported commercial sales and prices rose in the last quarter.

Saving for a Down Payment

April 1, 2014: 

With lending restrictions making it difficult for some buyers to enter the market it’s more important than ever to have your finances in order and enough money saved for a down payment.

Valuable Remodeling Projects

February 26, 2014: 

Exterior replacement projects continue to offer homeowners the biggest bang for their buck.

First-Time Buyers Disappearing

February 26, 2014: 

First-time buyers accounted for 26 percent of home purchases in January. This is down from 27 percent in December and 30 percent a year ago, making it the lowest level for first-time buyers since October 2008.

Tale of Two Markets

February 26, 2014: 

While first-time buyers are struggling to enter the market, there has been significant activity within the upper end, specifically with million-dollar properties.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

January 16, 2014: 

A home’s environmental efficiency has increasingly factored into consumer’s home buying decisions due to rising energy costs

Will New Mortgage Rules Help or Hurt Buyers?

January 16, 2014: 

New mortgage lending standards were put into place this month by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect borrowers from the risky home loan products that contributed to the foreclosure crisis of the last decade.

Rent vs. Buy in 2014

January 16, 2014: 

The rent vs. buy decision often is a lifestyle choice and a matter of timing.