Monday, July 27, 2009

"Precipitous" House Price Declines at the High End

by Bill McBride on 7/27/2009 05:58:00 PM

From the Chicago Tribune: Luxury prices keep falling (ht Ann)

Real estate agents say they have never seen prices drop so precipitously when dealing with opulent, often empty high-end homes along the North Shore ... "It is a phenomenon we've never seen in our lifetime," said real estate agent Jason Hartong with Rubloff Residential Properties, who has seen some multimillion-dollar price tags cut nearly in half.
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Developers, many now in bankruptcy, were caught by surprise, as well. Vacant and unfinished homes dot the Chicago suburbs, with for sale signs that tout the "New Price."

For instance, a custom-built stone home at 750 Sheridan Rd. in Winnetka priced at $5.5 million in November 2007 is going for $3.3 million.
The problems are movin' on up the value chain.