The top 5 Real Issues of 2021

by Houston 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 Houston Agent’s most-read Real Issues features to learn from our expert sources and, overall, to consider the year in retrospect.

No. 5: Opinions are not defamatory, but facts are: How to fight back against a bad online review

Taking proactive steps to deal with negative online reviews is essential for real estate agents. Here are some recommendations from the experts.

No. 4: 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. 3: What the condo collapse means for agents, sellers and buyers

In the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse, some experts expected condo sales — in what was a roaring condo market in Miami — to struggle from the impact. What exactly did agents, sellers and buyers anticipate?

No. 2: When Fannie met Freddie

If Realtors, lenders and homebuyers are the stars of the real estate show, Fannie and Freddie are the unseen producers who bankroll the production from backstage.

No. 1: What’s new in new construction

In a way, the nation’s homebuilders were in an enviable position this year: There was not enough of their product out there to meet the ravenous demand of customers — not by a long shot. Of course, it’s not that simple.

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