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Real Estate Story Ideas

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.

July 30, 2015
National Association of Realtors® commercial members help people every day realize their business dreams and help create stronger communities.
July 30, 2015
On one hand, owners looking to upgrade can sell their home for more. On the other hand, high prices can keep first-time buyers out of the market.
July 30, 2015
The survey found that millennials are much more into walking to get to their destinations than other age groups.
July 30, 2015
NAR's consumer-facing site HouseLogic has a list of “10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know” to help keep homes safe when owners aren't there.
July 1, 2015
Cell phones, email, social media, and video chatting have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for connecting with buyers and sellers.
July 1, 2015
U.S. citizens are not the only people looking to spend at least some of their year down south or out west.
July 1, 2015
NAR's HouseLogic site has outlined a few projects that can be completed in one weekend that won’t break their budgets or deter those vacation plans.
May 29, 2015
NAR’s quarterly commercial real estate forecast, sees a rise in demand for commercial real estate, and vacancy rates for commercial space are falling.
May 29, 2015
Forty percent of buyers found their agent through a referral of a friend, family member, or neighbor.
May 29, 2015
While vacation homes are obviously a big investment, they aren’t out of reach for those under the six-figure salary mark.
May 29, 2015
Encourage owners to get outside and love their space, using HouseLogic's tips on transforming outdoor space into an oasis for their family.
May 1, 2015
The most popular reasons sellers decided to leave their home for another are quite simple—people moving to new areas and outgrowing their homes.
May 1, 2015
Perhaps the biggest concern of first-time homebuyers is how to pay for such a big purchase. Many cannot afford a large down payment.
May 1, 2015
Disappearing shadow inventory will mean it may take longer for buyers to find the right home at the right price.
May 1, 2015
HouseLogic.com recently published a piece outlining the hottest trends in kitchens that allow for long-lasting improvements in form and function.
April 1, 2015
With growing consumer confidence, homes sales are expected to improve this year. However, a potential roadblock is continued tight credit standards.
April 1, 2015
Most home repairs are simple, inexpensive, and DIY-friendly. HouseLogic offers a list of common home repairs and the typical costs to make them.
April 1, 2015
While millennials are waiting longer than previous generations to venture into homeownership, they are still feeling the urge to buy their own home.
February 27, 2015
NAR believes 2015 could be the year those homeowners move out and move up.
February 27, 2015
Because of a proposed ruling by the Federal Aviation Administration, REALTORS® may soon be able to use drones.
February 27, 2015
HouseLogic identified nine neighborhood and home features that could bring in more cash from potential buyers.
January 30, 2015
Buying a home can be daunting, but it is easy enough to begin working on the first step – saving for a down payment.
January 30, 2015
Certain seasons and certain days are busier than other in real estate. Find out when the hotspots are.
January 30, 2015
Home staging involves arranging and decorating the home in a way that appeals to a wide range of buyers.
December 30, 2014
Rents are rising faster than at any other time in the past six years, making homeownership the better deal.
December 30, 2014
HouseLogic offers winter cleaning tips that will cut down on spring cleaning tasks.
December 30, 2014
According to the November REALTORS® Confidence Index, Realtors® are feeling increasingly optimistic about the housing market for the next six months.
December 3, 2014
Just over 18 percent of the U.S. population lives in a multi-generational household.
December 3, 2014
Keep your home warm during the winter without breaking the bank.
December 3, 2014
When searching for a home, most buyers want to find one they love and can see themselves living in happily for years to come, but may not be able to afford it.
October 31, 2014
Metropolitan areas with larger baby boomer and math/science professional populations are seeing homes move off the market faster, indicating a strong housing market.
October 31, 2014
While many first-time and repeat home buyers use the Internet to find the home that they eventually purchase, first-time buyers are leading that charge.
October 31, 2014
A job in real estate could be a good opportunity for those struggling to find jobs to support their families.
September 30, 2014
Investors are pulling back from the residential market, leaving more room in the market for first-time home buyers.
September 30, 2014
The average of American home buyers has been trending upward, as many are waiting longer than others before them to purchase a home.
September 30, 2014
With the change of seasons, homeowners should check smoke detectors, create emergency preparedness kits and evacuation plans, and reinforce garage doors to make sure homes are stable and safe.
September 2, 2014
The housing market continues to show signs of improvement, including a drop in the number of homes sold in distress.
September 2, 2014
REALTORS®' expertise, their understanding of the market, and their knowledge of the needs of potential buyers allow them to help sellers get more from their homes than sellers who decide to go it alone.
September 2, 2014
REALTORS® can be a great help to seniors looking to find the right place to spend the newfound time they have upon retirement.
July 31, 2014
New home construction companies are facing a labor shortage and a tight credit environment that makes it hard to get loans.
July 31, 2014
To help REALTORS® understand how the environment might change their communities and local quality of life, NAR recently hosted a gathering of some of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental risk management.
July 31, 2014
NAR recently analyzed 100 metro areas to determine the best purchase prospects for young buyers.
July 1, 2014
What are the best ways to go about finding an agent who will work well with you?
July 1, 2014
Some states could face persistent housing shortages and affordability issues unless housing starts increase to match up with local job creation.
July 1, 2014
Real Estate Story Idea: Terrorism Risk Insurance Vital to Commercial Real Estate
June 2, 2014
While open houses can be a great resource for potential buyers and a selling strategy for homeowners, safety is always an important concern.
June 2, 2014
Market share of all-cash purchases have risen and currently make up 33 percent of the market.
June 2, 2014
As home prices and interest rates continue to rise, the number of middle-class Americans who can afford a home has fallen in many cities.
May 1, 2014
Real Estate Story Ideas: Spring Market Provides Opportunities for Sellers
May 1, 2014
The Internet isn’t just a helpful tool for buyers; it can also be a great marketing tool for sellers.
May 1, 2014
The median age of Realtors® has continued to climb since 2007 when it was 51 years old.
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.
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.
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.
February 26, 2014
Exterior replacement projects continue to offer homeowners the biggest bang for their buck.
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.
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.
January 16, 2014
A home’s environmental efficiency has increasingly factored into consumer’s home buying decisions due to rising energy costs
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.
January 16, 2014
The rent vs. buy decision often is a lifestyle choice and a matter of timing.
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.
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.
January 2, 2014
According to NAR’s Housing Affordability Index, the U.S. experienced historic highs in housing affordability over the past several years.
November 22, 2013
NAR recently released its 2013 Community Preference Survey, which revealed that walkable, mixed-use communities are the most desired community choice among prospective home buyers.
November 22, 2013
A recent NAR Economist Outlook blog post focuses on the increased business activity of Realtors® from data in NAR’s 2013 Member Profile. The data revealed increased productivity among Realtors®
November 22, 2013
Realtors® are experts at leveraging technology to keep up with clients who increasingly use the internet in their home search. Over the past decade the technology and online tools that Realtors® use has evolved; a comparison of NAR’s 2003 Member Profile to the 2013 Member Profile proves just how much has changed.
October 22, 2013
Next month an expected 22,000 REALTORS® and guests will gather in San Francisco for the 2013 REALTORS® Conference and Expo, Nov. 8-11. Joining them will be industry experts, lawmakers and federal agency officials who will engage in panel discussions and programs that focus on real estate issues in the residential and commercial markets.
October 22, 2013
Despite their extensive knowledge of the real estate transaction, many REALTOR® professionals didn’t start out in the real estate industry.
October 22, 2013
Purchasing a home is an investment in a buyer’s future and is likely the biggest financial investment he or she will make in a lifetime. To achieve homeownership, buyers are often willing to make compromises or sacrifices to help make their home buying dreams come true.
October 1, 2013
Optimism is abundant among real estate firms across the country, according to the NAR 2013 Profile of Real Estate Firms, which found that 69 percent of all firms expect profitability to grow over the coming year.
October 1, 2013
There may be less commercial rental space available in the coming year and renters should expect to pay more for apartments.
October 1, 2013
Going green has proven to be more than a trend; many people seek out this way of living.
August 22, 2013
Saving energy, or “going green,” continues to be very important to homeowners. NAR research has consistently shown a considerable and growing market for energy-efficient buildings, and many of today’s consumers want more efficient and eco-friendly homes.
August 22, 2013
The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well, according to a majority of renters surveyed for the NAR 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey.
August 22, 2013
Current trends in the real estate market show rising home prices, yet affordability remains strong.
July 22, 2013
More millennials see homeownership as a good investment, according to the National Association of REALTORS® inaugural Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report. Millennials are those born between 1980 and 2000.
July 22, 2013
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has proposed a “Blank Slate” approach to tax reform.
 
July 22, 2013
RET Radio has lots of cool ideas to help beat the summer heat from getting the most out of your air conditioner to refreshing recipes for hot summer days.
June 21, 2013
Buying a summer vacation home continues to be a popular investment among recent buyers, as revealed by the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey.
June 21, 2013
New data on Americans’ rising net worth is good news for the economy. Figures from the National Association of Realtors® show household net worth has completely bounced back from the recession and reached a new peak of over $70 trillion in the first quarter of 2013.
June 21, 2013
Sales and leasing activity are up in commercial real estate, according to the National Association of Realtors® May Commercial Real Estate Market Survey. Realtors® reported commercial business opportunities were 4 percent higher than the fourth quarter 2012.
May 22, 2013
Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency say rate changes are likely ahead for some National Flood Insurance Program policyholders.
May 22, 2013
Realtor® business activity and incomes are up for the second year in a row after nine years of declines.
May 22, 2013
Research by the National Association of Realtors® reveals that steady job creation and household formation have been helping release pent-up demand.
April 23, 2013
According to the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, vacation homes continue to be important to American homebuyers.
April 23, 2013
Housing inventories are tightening up around the country and new construction in some areas is constrained, according to the recently released Federal Reserve Beige Book.
April 23, 2013
Gardening is a common springtime activity and a great way to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. HouseLogic.com’s Landscaping and Gardening section is full of ideas and tips to help gardeners deepen the shade of their green thumbs.
March 22, 2013
From coast to coast, the largest open house weekend in the country will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013. The 2013 Realtors® Nationwide Open House event will bring buyers and sellers together, and is an opportunity for Realtors® to engage consumers about the benefits of homeownership and issues affecting their community. Residents will get the chance to meet their neighbors and learn a little more about their neighborhood and the housing opportunities available to them.
March 22, 2013
As we draw nearer to the April 15th tax deadline, home owners can visit Houselogic.com for great resources on all things tax related. “A Home Owner’s Guide to Taxes” will answer questions like;Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? What home improvement-related records should home owners keep? How do you tell the difference between a capital improvement and a repair?
March 22, 2013
For the first time since 2007, the National Association of Realtors® released its Home Features Survey, that examines the features buyers prefer in the homes they purchase.
February 21, 2013
Owning a home can really pay off at tax time. But despite all the preparation to meet the April 15 filing deadline, mistakes can still happen.
February 21, 2013
A peek into NAR’s 2012 Home Buyer and Seller Profile gives insight into what motivates home buyers to become home owners.
February 21, 2013
Prices are rising but homeownership is still historically affordable. The recently released NAR Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability Report on the fourth quarter of 2012 showed a growing number of metro areas with higher median home prices.
January 22, 2013
More people than ever are using the Internet to search for their next home. A joint study from NAR and Google revealed that real estate-related Google searches grew 253 percent over the past four years.
January 22, 2013
More and more renters aspire to become homeowners, according to a recent survey. According to survey results, nearly 60 percent of current renters plan to purchase a home in the next two years.
January 22, 2013
On January 1 both the Senate and House passed legislation to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 2. Read more about the real estate-related provisions in the bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
October 22, 2012
Congratulations to Allison and Aaron Smith, the official winners of HouseLogic.com’s “Boost Your Roost” contest!
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.
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.
September 25, 2012
Thirty-year mortgage rates recently fell below 4 percent for the first time in history. But that’s not the only good news for home buyers. Monthly mortgage payments are also at record lows. A home buyer purchasing a typical American home at current average rates would have a mortgage payment of just $698 a month, similar to payments buyers would have faced 30 years ago.
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.
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.
September 1, 2012
Homeownership is one of the biggest investments people make in their lifetime. The desire to own is the primary reason for purchasing a slice of the American Dream among 60 percent of first-time buyers, according to the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
August 1, 2012
Home prices are on the upswing in an overwhelming majority of metropolitan cities, and as eager buyers rush in to snap up property and cash in on the best bargains, inventory is tightening and properties in the lower price ranges are becoming scarce.
August 1, 2012
When it comes to remodeling their house, homeowners may want projects that will give them the most bang for their buck or the greatest return on investment. If recouping the largest percentage of cost is a top priority, then read on for a few projects it might be best to avoid.
August 1, 2012
At the core of every Realtors®’ business model is building and developing relationships.  For a growing number of real estate professionals, social media offers a way to meet potential clients where they are and provide information the way those prospects want it. 
July 1, 2012
After years of short-term extensions, Congress has passed a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
July 1, 2012
Walkable neighborhoods are more popular among consumers than ever. According to a new study conducted by the Brookings Institution, people prefer to live in communities that allow them to walk to shops, parks and other destinations and will pay more for a home that allows them to do just that.
July 1, 2012
The home search process can be exciting and extensive as buyers take steps toward investing in their futures. The length of time it takes to find that special home varies from buyer to buyer, but on average the search takes about 12 weeks, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
June 1, 2012
Many families look forward to the arrival of summer and summer vacations. While the warm weather, the packing away of winter clothes and the anticipation of a getaway destination can be exciting, it’s important to remember to take the necessary safety precautions to protect your home while  away.
June 1, 2012
In areas across the country, bidding wars are back. A recent Los Angeles Times article reports many housing markets have become much more competitive among would-be buyers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2012
Realtors® continue to use technology to keep in touch with their clients and build business. NAR’s Center for Realtor® Technology recently released a survey detailing just how Realtors® stay connected.
February 1, 2012
According to NAR’s latest metro price report, affordability conditions are improving in housing markets across the country. This trend is bolstered by softer existing-home prices coupled with record low interest rates.
February 1, 2012
As the presidential primaries continue across the country, it’s important that homeownership remain part of the national dialogue.
January 1, 2012
HouseLogic.com is launching a new sweepstakes for its readers with a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.  From January 23 through February 19 visitors to HouseLogic will have the opportunity to leave a comment on a featured blog focusing on a do-it-yourself, water-saving bathroom makeover.
January 1, 2012
Rents are rising across the country. NAR research shows rents have been rising  at a progressively stronger rate in recent years and projects they will rise another 3.5 percent in 2012. Vacancy rates have been trending down gradually and currently rest at 5 percent and that percentage is expected to fall even further in 2012 as demands for rent increase. Historically, 5 percent is seen as a “landlord’s market.”
January 1, 2012
A recent Federal Reserve Board white paper, The U.S. Housing Market: Current Conditions and Policy Considerations, concluded that stabilizing and restoring the health of the housing market is critical to a broader economic recovery.
December 1, 2011
Purchasing a home is one of the most important and personal decisions individuals and families will ever make. Because it is essentially an investment in their future, location, convenience and affordability weigh heavily in the decision-making process.
December 1, 2011
A recent J.P. Morgan report, Housing: A Time to Buy, suggests that it may be the time to consider an investment in the housing market.
December 1, 2011
When it comes to home remodeling projects, it’s what’s on the outside that counts…or at least what recoups the most value. According to the newly released 2011-12 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, inexpensive exterior replacement projects are expected to regain close to 70 percent of the cost of investment.
November 1, 2011
The holiday season is a time of cheer and gathering with family and friends, but it can also be a hectic time as many people work to create a warm inviting home atmosphere for receiving guests. Some of these preparations take little effort and others require greater attention to detail.
November 1, 2011
According to results from the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Survey, consumers still believe in the value of home ownership.
November 1, 2011
Congress has reinstated the loan limit formula and maximum cap for Federal Housing Administration-insured loans through 2013. Those loan limits previously expired September 30.
October 1, 2011
Thirty-year mortgage rates recently fell below 4 percent for the first time in history. But that’s not the only good news for home buyers. Monthly mortgage payments are also at record lows. A home buyer purchasing a typical American home at current average rates would have a mortgage payment of just $698 a month, similar to payments buyers would have faced 30 years ago.
October 1, 2011
Last year the Wall Street Journal joined the chorus of voices emphasizing the importance of home ownership in America today, with an article titled “10 Reasons to Buy a Home.” Earlier this month the Journal again weighed in, emphasizing the importance of housing to the nation’s economy, in “We Can’t Ignore Housing Anymore.”
October 1, 2011
For the 11th time in three years, Congress has once again approved a short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The NFIP writes and renews flood insurance policies for more than 5.6 million home and business owners in 21,000 communities across the country.
September 1, 2011
If you own a home, chances are you’ve invested more than money; you’re likely invested in the surrounding community, as well. Studies show that homeowners are more likely to be involved and engaged in local issues than renters. The schools and local retail shops grow in importance to homeowners as they become part of the fabric of
the neighborhood.
September 1, 2011
The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Irene has underscored the importance of flood insurance. Vivid images of homes submerged in water and neighborhoods transformed into rushing rivers left little doubt of the need for further reform and long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.
September 1, 2011
If Congress doesn’t act soon the close of September won’t just signal the end of summer, it will also signal the end of the Federal Housing Administration’s current loan limits. As things stand, the current loan limits will revert to previous limits on Sept. 30.
August 1, 2011
A number of research studies have shown that home ownership provides social and societal benefits. Not only is home ownership one of the best ways to build long-term wealth, providing resources for a more comfortable retirement, but it also fosters an immeasurable sense of community and stability vital to growing families.
August 1, 2011
According to the NAR Housing Affordability Index, housing is at its most affordable in a generation. More specifically, the index shows there hasn’t been a better home buying opportunity in 40 years.
August 1, 2011
There’s no question we’re dealing with difficult issues when it comes to the future of our nation’s economy, but in the process, we must not lose sight of the values that helped make our country strong in the first place.
July 1, 2011
NAR is once again hitting the road to drive home how potential changes to government programs and incentives under consideration  could dramatically change the nature of home ownership in this country.
July 1, 2011
If regulators get their way, many qualified home buyers may be shut out of the market very soon.
July 1, 2011
If an extension isn’t granted by Congress before October 1, Federal Housing Administration loan limits may be allowed to revert to 115 percent of an area’s median home price, down from a current 125 percent.
June 1, 2011
The 2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reveals some interesting insights into home ownership among buyers age 65 and up.
June 1, 2011
Foreign buyers continue to view the U.S. as a desirable place to own property. According to the 2011 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity, residential international sales in the U.S. from March 2010 to March 2011 accounted for $82 billion, up from $66 billion in 2010.
June 1, 2011
Owning a home has never been more affordable than in today’s market, according to NAR’s Housing Affordability Index.
May 1, 2011
Each month NAR conducts an attitudinal member survey known as the REALTOR® Confidence Index. The survey is designed to gauge real-time sentiment on current real estate trends and future activity not collected by local multiple listing services.
May 1, 2011
As the housing market continues its road to recovery, Realtors® are equipping themselves with more knowledge and training to better meet and serve the needs of their clients. Survey results from the 2011 NAR Member Profile reveal strong growth in professional training.
May 1, 2011
NAR research shows the commercial real estate market continues to move closer toward recovery. This news comes soon after Realtors® reported seeing more movement in the commercial market during the second half of 2010.
April 1, 2011
A recent NAR study reveals Americans favor walkable, mixeduse neighborhoods over those that require more driving.  Such “Smart Growth” communities are characterized by shops,restaurants and local businesses in walking distance from homes.
April 1, 2011
A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives could bring relief to distressed home owners hoping to avoid foreclosure through short sales. The “Prompt Decision for Qualification for Short Sale Act of 2011” would impose a deadline of 45 days on lenders to respond to short sale requests.
April 1, 2011
Data from the recently released 2011 NAR Investment and Vacation Home Survey shows vacation-home sales accounted for 10 percent of all transactions last year and investment sales were 17 percent of the overall market. Those figures are unchanged from the 2010 survey.
March 1, 2011
Although  inventory levels have been elevated in recent months, if new home construction continues to decline over the next year or two, a housing shortage is possible. New home construction has steadily decreased over the past several months. The National Association of Home Builders reported the number of housing starts in the month of February were exceptionally low, with  only  a 479,000 annual unit production pace.
March 1, 2011
A majority of Americans – both owners and renters – still believe in the importance of home ownership. That’s according to a study conducted by Fallon Research & Communications Inc., which reveals that 91 percent of owners and 72 percent of renters believe owning a home is a good financial investment.
March 1, 2011
Tax season is underway and American home owners are once again enjoying the benefit of the mortgage interest deduction. The ability to deduct the interest paid on a mortgage can mean significant savings for these home owners. For example, a family who bought a home last year with a $200,000, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, assuming an interest rate of 4.5 percent, could save nearly $3,500 in federal taxes when they file  this year.
February 1, 2011
In a victory for home buyers everywhere, Wells Fargo & Co. is the first major lender to lower credit score requirements for FHA mortgages. Borrowers with FICO scores as low as 500 could qualify for a mortgage based on the newly revised lending standards. A FICO score of at least 600 was previously required.
February 1, 2011
The mortgage interest deduction has long been an important part of the American tax system, and now many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are making their voices heard in defense of this valuable incentive for home ownership.
February 1, 2011
The Obama administration recently called for an orderly transition from the current form of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac secondary mortgage market to a new structure that would allow home buyers continued access to affordable, sustainable mortgages.
January 1, 2011
In recent months, first-time home buyers have represented about one-third of the market. Despite concerns about the general economy, those buyers clearly place a high premium on the value of owning their own home.
January 1, 2011
Some creditworthy borrowers may not be able to obtain mortgages, if Wells Fargo & Co. gets its way. The nation’s largest mortgage lender is asking U.S. regulators to set a down payment standard of 30 percent for loans that would be exempt from a risk-retention requirement.
January 1, 2011
According to the results of an NAR survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a substantial majority of home owners as well as renters agree that owning a home is a smart long-term decision.