Seattle Agent’s top 10 national news stories of 2021

by Lindsey Wells

Seattle Agent covers a wide variety of topics day in and day out, from home sales to new construction and everything in between. Take a look at which stories from 2021 generated the most interest with our readers.

No. 10: U.S. Supreme Court rejects CDC eviction moratorium

The nationwide eviction moratorium put into place by the Centers for Disease Control in 2020 ended sooner than expected, following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

No. 9: DOJ withdraws from antitrust settlement with NAR

The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division withdrew from a proposed settlement with the National Association of Realtors that it entered into in November 2020.

No. 8: Seattle No. 7 in nation for highest home prices

Home prices in Seattle saw little change from August to September, an indication of a seasonal slowdown in the local market. 

No. 7: King County claims 10th priciest ZIP code in the country

Washington is home to the 10th most expensive ZIP code in the United States.

No. 6: Compass, Guaranteed Rate launch loan origination company OriginPoint

Two of the largest leaders in the real estate market joined forces to form a new mortgage origination company.

No. 5: NAR: U.S. housing market is short 5.5 million homes

The shortage of housing in America is more “dire” than previously expected, according to a new National Association of Realtors (NAR) report.

No. 4: Why the future of exurbs remains uncertain

When the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated large lifestyle changes, many homebuyers flocked to the suburbs. As work shifted to a remote basis, possibilities opened for families to live far beyond crowded urban hubs. Over the past year, outer suburbs, or exurbs, have experienced a particularly intense boom.

No. 3: Toll Brothers, Equity Residential team up for $1.9B multifamily JV

Fortune 500 apartment landlord Equity Residential and luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc. have teamed up to develop almost $1.9 billion of new multifamily properties in certain U.S. markets.

No. 2: Coldwell Banker Bain sells to national firm

Bellevue-based real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker Bain has been sold to US RES Holdco LLC, according to a report by The Business Journal.

No. 1: New-home sales plummet in July

New-home sales fell sharply in July, sliding 27.2% on a seasonally adjusted, year-over-year basis to 708,000, while the median sales price rose to $390,500 from $370,200 in June, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported.

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