As with every other aspect of American life in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dominated the real estate industry this year — wreaking havoc on markets, shattering our ingrained routines and traditions at home, changing the way we move around, and leaving us with an uneasy awareness that 2021 may be equally unpredictable.
Here on the New York Times’s Real Estate desk, many of our most-read articles this year sprang from the pandemic, whether they were examining its challenges or offering ideas to make isolation a little less … isolating.
But then, like everyone in this unrivaled year of turmoil and confusion, we also tried to reserve some of our attention for ideas and issues that might otherwise have been obscured by the all-consuming breadth of the pandemic. Some of our readers’ favorites in 2020 were entertaining diversions, like how to be a better gardener, while others shone a light on troubling trends in the industry, like our story on racial discrimination in the appraisal industry. Some, like our guide for aspiring expatriates, published just before Covid-19 made international travel all but impossible, are worth revisiting now that there’s an end in sight and people are hoping to resume their pre-pandemic lives.
Here’s a look at some of our most-read articles of 2020: