This graph, the fourth in a series of five documenting market trends
behind the Boston’s Globe’s recent feature story, shows side-by-side
comparisons of markdowns by price range for single family
homes across Massachusetts through Thanksgiving in 2004
versus 2005 (click on image for larger view). As the red bars indicate, price reductions increased in nearly every price range in 2005, but most
notably in the mid-market or $300,000 to $600,000 price range.
The increase of markdowns in the $500,000 to $600,000 price range is
particularly visible in this bar chart, and could translate into
savings of tens of thousands of dollars off original asking prices,
even before our unrivaled commission rebates. You can learn more about them by
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contacting us. As always, your comments are welcome on our blog, or by
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