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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.

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.

Rate Increases Ahead

January 2, 2014: 

Mortgage costs will increase for many borrowers in 2014. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to raise lender fees, which will likely translate into increased rates for those seeking loans.

Investing in the USA

January 2, 2014: 

International home sales in the U.S. have accounted for more than six percent of total existing-home sales in recent months.

Getting More for Your Money

January 2, 2014: 

According to NAR’s Housing Affordability Index, the U.S. experienced historic highs in housing affordability over the past several years.