Boston Agent’s Top 5 Association News columns from 2022

by Liz Hughes

Throughout the year, leaders from local and national Realtors associations shared their wisdom and unique perspectives. Here’s a look at their most-popular pieces:

No. 1: Cape Cod market changing quickly  — here’s what you need to know

The Cape Cod market continues to be one of the most interesting in the country. A lot of attention has been showered on it since March 2020 changed everything — and today’s real estate market continues to confound just about everyone. However, there are key statistics that show what is really happening in the market today.

No. 2: The right and wrong ways to make housing more affordable

Many of us remember that stunning statistic: according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the average net worth of a white household in the Greater Boston area is nearly a quarter of a million dollars, but it is just eight dollars for Black households. Eight dollars. That rate is higher for Hispanic households, though it is still a fraction of the wealth that white households possess. 

No. 3: A 2022 real estate forecast

Leslie The U.S. residential real estate market showed significant strength and resiliency in 2021, the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. From coast to coast and by any metric — total sales, median prices, time on market — housing demand remained red-hot throughout the year and served as a primary engine of the U.S. economy. So, how will the housing market perform in 2022?

No. 4: New era – new agent

Arlene Amid a worldwide pandemic, we forged a new path into the future. Technology became paramount to our survival. What would have taken us years, if not decades, took merely months to figure out and eventually perfect. Amongst the turmoil wrought by the pandemic arose a new type of real estate agent.

No. 5: Energizing the industry

Navigating the political waters in a post-pandemic world presents new challenges for those hoping to connect with lawmakers on issues impacting the real estate industry. While the State House has reopened, large annual lobby days when constituents from across Massachusetts converged on Beacon Hill to educate lawmakers remain on hold.

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