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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.

Location, Location, Location!

December 20, 2012: 

When it comes finding a home, location continues to be the most influential factor. According to NAR’s 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 61 percent of recent home buyers reported quality of the neighborhood as the most important consideration in their home search.

Assistance Required

December 20, 2012: 

Selling a home is no easy process. There are over 20 steps involved from beginning to end, and successfully accomplishing each step requires not just expertise but also time.

Mortgage Unavailability

December 20, 2012: 

According to recently released government data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, credit continues to be overly stringent. Although buyers’ incomes have increased since 2004, the loan-to income ratio has declined.

Fast Forward Four Years

November 20, 2012: 

After the last presidential election in 2008, foreclosure filings had increased 81 percent over the previous year and home sales were down nearly 42 percent from record highs in 2005.

Married and Buying It

November 20, 2012: 

Each year couples make up the largest portion of home buyers, and according to the 2012 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the percentage of these buyers has been increasing.

Housing Expected to Recover Through 2014

November 20, 2012: 

According to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, the steady recovery is expected to continue over the next few years, barring further tightening of mortgage credit availability or the much discussed “fiscal cliff.”

Commercially Speaking

October 22, 2012: 

Commercial real estate is making a comeback. After struggling the past few years, prices of prime real estate properties are increasing, and were up 6.2 percent in September, according to recent data.

And the Boost Your Roost Winner Is...

October 22, 2012: 

Congratulations to Allison and Aaron Smith, the official winners of HouseLogic.com’s “Boost Your Roost” contest!

Affordability Still Strong

October 22, 2012: 

Despite an increase in home prices, NAR’s Housing Affordability Index suggests the national median priced home was more affordable for a median income family by August 2012 than it was a year earlier.

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