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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.

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.

The International Dream of American Homeownership

September 28, 2012: 

The power of the American Dream reaches far beyond U.S. borders, into the hearts and minds of people in countries across the globe. According to the 2012 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity, foreign sales accounted for $82.5 billion for the past year ending March 2012, up from $66.4 billion in 2011.

Growing Demand, Fewer Choices

September 1, 2012: 

According to an NAR analysis, the buyer’s market window is starting to shrink. Data from NAR surveys show houses are selling faster with less time on the market. These findings demonstrate a general balance between home buyers and sellers in much of the country.

Lenders Still Holding Back

September 1, 2012: 

According to the Federal Housing Administration’s first quarter report on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the 12- month delinquency rate has returned to 2002 levels, meaning the percentage of people who’ve fallen behind on mortgages owned by those government-sponsored enterprises has declined considerably.

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