South Florida Agent’s top 10 national news stories of 2021

by Lindsey Wells

South Florida 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: 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. 9: Miami home prices increase more than triple national average

The median price of a home in the U.S. reached its highest point in 13 years last month as inventory continued to fall.

No. 8: Florida ranks among states with the highest number of foreclosure starts in August 

Florida had the third-most foreclosure starts in the nation during August 2021, according to new data from ATTOM’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

No.7: Florida cities dominate ‘Best Places to Retire’ list

The Sunshine State is still the nation’s most desirable place to retire.

No. 6: In Florida, seven people move in for every one person who leaves

States with low taxes are attracting people from all over the country. Over the last eight years, an average of four people moved into low-tax states from other parts of the country for every one person who left, according to a new report from Redfin.

No. 5: Zillow closes Zillow Offers, announces layoffs

Zillow announced it would end its iBuyer service, Zillow Offers, cutting roughly a quarter of its workforce, citing the volatility the service created for the online brokerage as the motivation for the move.

No. 4: Zillow survey names Miami No. 10th hottest housing market in 2021

Miami took the No. 10 spot on the list, with 34% of respondents saying they expected the market to outperform the national average.

No. 3: South Florida brokers skeptical of Zillow deal

The news that Zillow purchased ShowingTime for $500 million sent shockwaves through the residential real estate industry in February.

No. 2: Miami named most glamorous city in U.S.

More house for the money. Less taxes. More outdoor space. Warm weather. Closer to family.

No. 1: Americans on the move: Florida among top eight states for inbound migration

Americans are leaving the Northwest and Midwest in favor of the warmer Southeast and Southwest, according to a new report.

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