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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.

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.

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