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Homeowners Slashed Listing Prices by $24,718 on Average in October 2009

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87507126RISMEDIA, November 17, 2009—More than four out of every 10 homes listed for sale (43.5%), across 27 major U.S. housing markets reduced their listing prices in October 2009, according to a report of homes listed on Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in the markets surveyed by ZipRealty. This is down slightly from September.

According to the survey, MLS-listed properties with reduced prices have had their prices cut an average of twice, but sellers are not knocking quite as much off as they did earlier this year. Home owners slashed listing prices by an average of $24,718 in October, just slightly less than the average reduction of $24,960 in September.

The median list price across all 27 markets decreased slightly to $281,416, down 2.02% compared to September.

Other highlights of the brokerage’s monthly survey of price reduction data include:
-Miami-area (Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach) homeowners reduced list prices by the largest percentage at 15.7% or $40,000 on average
-Homeowners in Raleigh-Durham reduced prices by the smallest percentage at 4.6% or $11,000 on average
-Of the markets studied, those with the highest percentage of price-reduced homes are Jacksonville (50.9%), Orlando (50.1%) and Chicago (50.1%)
-Markets with the lowest percentage of price-reduced homes are Denver (31.1%), Los Angeles (33.6%), Sacramento (36.4%) and San Diego (35.7%)
-Markets where sellers have cut the most in absolute dollars are: San Diego ($54,000 median price reduction), Orange County, Calif. ($51, 000 median price reduction), San Francisco ($50,500 median price reduction) and Los Angeles ($43,000 median price reduction).
-As in September, Orange County had the highest median list price at $624,900. Jacksonville, Fla. has the lowest median list price at $172,000

For more information, visit www.ziprealty.com.
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