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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.

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.

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