In an attempt to hide seller desperation, property listings are pulled and re-listed with a new MLS number. It helps hide the number of days a property has been on the market, not to mention some of the price drops a property has had. Because let's face it, when buyer's sell desperation, the lowballing intensifies.
Publishing these price reduction blogs on a regular basis is time consuming. But this week's Price Reduction report was even more so. I have observed that for almost every week that the price reductions are published, the average reduction is between 4-5% regardless of property type, give or take 1%. Under a hypothesis that those averages do not really tell the whole story, I conducted a search of every price reduction listing to review the price history from the time it was first listed. The results yield a completely different story as I suspected. I am not going to undertake this every week, but as an eye opener and to make a point of what's really going on I did it this week. The numbers speak for themselves and here is the summary:
The average price reduction since originally listed is 11% instead of the most recent 5%. But, if we take the top 10 price reductions since listed, the average is approximately 20%! And, the properties are not yet sold!
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