Task 1 (Bar chart) – Changes in average house prices in five different cities

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The chart below shows information about changes in average house prices in five different cities between 1990 and 2002 compared with the average house prices in 1989.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Percentage change in average house prices in five different cities
  1990 – 2002 compared with 1989.

Sample Answer 1:

The given chart shows data on the changes in the prices of houses in two spans of periods, 1990 – 1995 and 1996 – 2002 compared to the prices of 1989. As is presented in the bar graph, prices of the house got down in New York, Tokyo and London during 1990 to 1995 while the prices increased in London & New York during 1996 to 2002 compared to the prices of those houses in 1989.

According to the bar graph, the prices of houses in Madrid and Frankfurt increased by 2-3% during 1990 – 1995 while the prices decreased in New York, Tokyo and London by 5 to 8% in the same period compared to the prices of those houses in 1989.

Interestingly during the period 1996 to 2002, the prices in all cities except Frankfurt increased. Price increases of housing were 5% in New York, 4% Madrid, and over 11% in London compared to their prices in 1989. The only city where the prices decreased in 1996 to 2002 compared to the previous 5 years was Frankfurt.

Sample Answer 2:

The bar chart depicts the average house prices in five different cities between 1990 and 2002 compared with the prices of the year 1989, a period of 12 years. Overall, it can be seen that the average house prices in London were shown fluctuating throughout the year.

In details, the percentage of house prices in New York in between the year 1990 -1995 was accounted just 5 percent in a negative direction. However, the same percentage in New York was on the positive side between 1996 – 2002. Similarly, the average house prices in London and Tokyo (Japan) was presented in similar percentage approximately7 percent in negative in 1990-1995 where the percentage of London peaks at the highest position at 13 percent in 1996-2002 and Tokyo city house price was still observed the on the negative side at 5 percent.

The percentage change in average house price of Madrid (Spain) was only 1 percent in previous 6 years but it dramatically increased 4 times in next following year. In 1990-1995 the average house price of Frankfurt (Germany) was only 2 percent but it was interesting that it declines and reached the same percentage as Madrid (Spain) at 1 percent.

[ Written by – Labin Sapkota ]

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