The top 5 Real Issues of 2021

by Seattle Agent

It goes without saying that 2021 was full of real issues for the real estate industry — from the continuing pandemic to the subsequent inventory shortages. But it was also full of real solutions. Check out Seattle Agent’s most-read Real Issues features to learn from our expert sources and, overall, to consider the year in retrospect.

No. 5: Up close and personal: A glimpse inside the 2022 home construction playbook

Aftershocks from the pandemic have rocked developers with new hurdles to breaking ground on residential properties. The main culprits: a shortage of skilled labor, skyrocketing costs of building materials and a disrupted supply chain.

No. 4: What it takes to get a first-time buyer from renter to homeowner right now

A market with limited inventory and swarms of buyers can be stressful for everybody. But it’s especially challenging for first-time homebuyers — and their agents. From Houston to Chicago, from Miami to Boston, agents are relying on creativity, hustle and candid conversations to help get their entry-level buyers over the threshold of their first home.

No. 3: Dual Agency: A tale of two markets

Can agents fairly represent both parties in a deal?

No. 2: The do’s and don’ts of dual agency

The simplest way to maintain a good reputation and stay on the right side of the law is to trust your gut and consider how you’d want your own family members to be treated in a real estate transaction.

No. 1: Is it too easy to become a real estate agent?

Low barrier to entry: It’s one of the best things about the real estate industry — and also one of the worst.

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