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Is it that nasty?
Back from China anxious for some good news, UGH, not to be. Some troubling data and anecdotes paint a pale picture for the real estate market:
1. Sales measured by contracts, not closed transactions, are down in the “late teens” this month. Source: large national company.
2. Short sales are slopping more troubled inventory onto the market at lower commissions as banks do their cram-downs on agents. (Otherwise commissions are up). Source: prominent East Coast Realtor
3. The “residential market sucks.” Source: big title executive.
4. Discounters are getting hammered, and Web discounters are getting sledge-hammered. Source: A credible discounter.
Is it that bad? Give us some insight from your corner of the world.