After the tumultuous transition from 2012 to 2013, many of us are wondering what to expect this year — especially where the real estate market is concerned. We already know that housing should continue a modest recovery, but what other changes will we see? Below we highlight some of the major trends industry insiders are predicting for the upcoming months.

Economists have long been perplexed by the resilience of the real estate agent. Since the agent bears much of the costs of selling a house, in the time they spend hosting open houses and touring with clients and the money they spend advertising property, they’re rewarded for pressuring clients into selling quickly and accepting suboptimal offers, or in the case of a buyer’s agent, for allowing the client to pay too much.