Homes take longer to sell today than they did in 2005. This is due to a slow home-sale market that has resulted in a build-up of the inventory of unsold listings. Although there are exceptions, this situation is expected to continue until late 2008 or 2009 -- at least. What options do sellers have whose homes aren't selling quickly enough? Many of the homes that aren't selling are priced too high for the current market. The median sale price of homes sold nationally in February 2008 was down 8.2 percent from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. This percentage was even higher in cities like Miami and Las Vegas that were speculative hotbeds in 2004 and 2005, and now have high foreclosure rates. Some areas are doing better than others. For example, the median sale price of homes sold in the San Francisco Bay Area in February 2007 dropped only 5 percent compared to a year ago. There are few areas in the country where prices have actually increased ...
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