Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 98 - Changes in average house prices in five different cities

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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.

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

» You should write at least 150 words.

Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 98

Sample Answer 1:
The given chart shows data on the changes on 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 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 year 1989, a period of 12 years. Overall, it can be seen that, the average house prices of London was 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 negative direction. However, the same percentage in New York was in positive side between 1996 - 2002. Similarly, the average house prices of London and Tokyo (Japan) was presented in similar percentage approximately7 percent in negative in 1990-1995 where the percentage of London peaks at highest position at 13 percent in 1996-2002 and Tokyo city house price was still observed in 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 ]

Sample Answer 3:
The bar graph illustrates the mean variation in the price of a house in five various cities when compared with that in 1989 in a period of 12 years from year 1990. Overall, it is clearly shown that majority of these five cities had their house prices lower from 1990 to 1995 than that in the year 1989 whereas all cities showed an upward trend in the average house prices between year 1996 and 2002 except Frankfurt.

First and foremost, the house prices in Tokyo were lower than that in year 1989 throughout the given period. However, there was a rise in the house prices from 1996 to 2002 than from 1990 to 1995 (-5% and approximately -7% respectively) which was comparatively lower than that in 1989. Furthermore, every city had its house prices rising over the period except Frankfurt in Germany which showed a slight drop of about 1%.

Interestingly, London was the city that had the largest variation in house prices among the five cities from 1990 to 2002 in comparison with that in 1989 (around 19% in total). There was a bigger fluctuation in house prices in New York than in Madrid in Spain (10% and nearly 5% correspondingly).

[ Written by - Lee Wing Qeen ]

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+1 # Muhammad Zulkarnain 2016-02-14 02:23
The bar chart gives comparison of average annual house cost in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, London and Tokyo cities from 1990 to 2002 with the previous prices in 1989. Overall, between 1990 and 1995, the house prices in three cities described downward trends.

House prices in New York declined by average 5 % while Tokyo and London showed equal downfall percentage falling at roughly 7.5 % compared with 1989. House prices in Madrid and Frankfurt were slightly higher than previous year with approximately 2% increase for each. Five years later, the most dramatic prices change happened in London which hit approximately 12 % increase. Increase in housing prices also occurred in New York, Madrid and Frankfurt with approximately 5 % and 4 % and 2 % respectively. Although Frankfurt’s housing price was lower compared with 1990-1995, it was the most stable house cost with about 2 % increase for 12 years among all. On the contrary, Tokyo housing costs were higher than the average last half decade but it still fell compared with 1989 by precisely 5 %.
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