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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.

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.

“What is My Motivation?”

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.

Increasing Prices Amid Record Affordability

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.

Bringing the Fiscal Cliff Home

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.

How Low Can They Go?

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.

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.

Time for a Change

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.

Flood Insurance Extended Long-Term

July 1, 2012: 

After years of short-term extensions, Congress has passed a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.