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Like many empty nesters, Abby and Boyd Jackson had thought about downsizing, but they were not in a hurry to give up their Topsfield home of 37 years.
The Jacksons were patiently waiting for a unit in a nearby retirement community to become available when they received an unusual letter in July. It was a mass mailing to all the homeowners in the neighborhood from a couple weary of searching for a home in a real estate market where prospective buyers outnumber sellers.
A desperate ploy? Perhaps, but in many Massachusetts communities, the number of properties for sale remains too low to meet demand, sparking fierce bidding wars for the most desirable homes. For people such as the Keiths, that often leaves nothing available in their price range.
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