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Open House Cold Front Update: Slow Goes It

More from the open house front, as Daily News real estate reporter Lore Croghan plunges into the fray herself. Tidbits from a recent Sunday afternoon on the town:

1) On the Upper East Side: "He told me that after the seller cut the price to $580,000 from $625,000, a buyer signed a contract - but then changed jobs and didn't close the deal."
2) In the East Village: "Another broker showed me every detail of a $675,000 flat in a Third Avenue high-rise on the edge of the East Village. He had plenty of time - no one else showed up while I was there."
3) "A balanced market feels like a slow market." Amen.

All of which reminds us of a question recently posed by a house-hunting friend of ours: has anyone who looked to buy in an outer borough refocused on Manhattan as of late? If so, we'd love to hear about your reasoning and experiences. Emails to tips@curbed.com, anonymous as you wanna be.
· Getting The Soft Sell [NYDailyNews]