Redfin: Luxury home prices experience the first annual decline in nearly three years

Redfin | May 02, 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, luxury home prices decreased 1.6% year over year, marking the first annual decline in nearly three years, according to the latest data from Redfin. Redfin classifies luxury homes as those that sold among the top 5% most expensive in the quarter. In the first quarter, luxury home prices across the country averaged $1.55 million.

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Amrock | September 14, 2022

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Cherre | November 10, 2022

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