Editor's note: In this four-part series, we observe some of the latest changes taking place in housing markets – some subtle and some rapid. Read Part 2: Housing inventory grows in some major markets; Part 3: The end of multiple offers and Part 4: 10 signs of a changing housing market. The living room, with its shiny hardwood floor, lemon-yellow walls and brand-new beige couches, was a masterpiece of home staging. The kitchen sported a vintage '40s sink with a swan-neck faucet. The back yard was exquisitely landscaped. But on Sunday afternoon at the Oct. 2 open house, not a buyer was to be seen. Visitors cruised through the two-bedroom, one-and-a-quarter-bath Northern California home offered for $479,000, but "not as many as there would have been six months ago, or even three ...
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