Has the market peaked? Builders cut new home prices to meet demand for cheaper housing

Redfin | August 15, 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, the sale prices for new homes fell 0.5% from 2018 levels. This means prices for new homes reached a median of $372,900 in Q2, remaining largely unchanged from the first half of this year, according to data from Redfin. Although, sale prices for new homes remained stagnant, Redfin indicates that the median sale price for existing homes climbed 3.2% in Q2 to $309,700. This marks the seventh consecutive year of annual price increases.

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The Business Center Blue Ocean is a project of commercial type with a total area of 750 m2 strategically located between the two main entrances Colon Free Zone, considering that it is in a privileged place due to urban changes and expansion approved in official gazette March 2016 for the Province of Colon, with an imposing and modern has 3 floors built in stages design.

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The Business Center Blue Ocean is a project of commercial type with a total area of 750 m2 strategically located between the two main entrances Colon Free Zone, considering that it is in a privileged place due to urban changes and expansion approved in official gazette March 2016 for the Province of Colon, with an imposing and modern has 3 floors built in stages design.

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