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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.

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.

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