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 Jane Dollinger at 202-383-1042 or


Whether it's a good time to sell mostly depends on the specific circumstances of the potential seller and the condition of the local economy.

Homeowners should trim tree branches to prevent roof damage; roof tiles, shutters and siding should be secured; and gutters cleaned.

In 2016, 61% of recent buyers used savings, 35% used the money from selling their primary residence, and 13% used a gift from a friend or relative.