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Price cut

Home prices in the Columbia area haven't had drastic swings during the rise and fall of the real estate market. But the median price of homes sold this year is on track to finish at a four-year low. A look at year-end median prices for the past five years:

2005: $132,000

2006: $140,000

2007: $146,000

2008: $143,000

2009: $139,000 (through November)

SOURCE: S.C. Realtors trade group