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"The real estate industry is waiting with baited breath for the next round of quarterly market reports, when Manhattan will see the real effects of the mortgage crisis on home sales. But a new analysis by real estate appraiser Mitchell, Maxwell & Jackson offers a glimpse at the bleak picture that the reports will likely show. Manhattan data compiled by the appraisal firm and released yesterday showed that the volume of signed contracts in September and October plummeted roughly 75 percent from the same period last year. 'It's pretty unbelievable,' said Jeffrey Jackson, a principal at the firm." [Real Deal]