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In the last year, real estate prices, such as those for houses and condominiums, have gone up an average of 7% in the city of Galway but only 2% in the town of Tuam. On the other hand, average rents for apartments have risen 8% in Tuam over the last year, but only 4% in Galway.

Which of the following is an inference that can be reasonably drawn from the prem- ises given above?

(A) In the last year, the ratio of average apartment rents to average real estate prices has increased in Tuam but fallen in Galway.
(B) Tuam has experienced a greater shift in demand toward the rental market than Galway has.
(C) It has become easier for Galway real estate to be bought and sold, whereas it has become easier for Tuam real estate to be rented.
(D)The supply of rental apartment units has decreased more in Tuam than in Galway.
(E) The average amount spent on housing is higher in Galway than it is in Tuam.

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In the last year, real estate prices, such as those for houses and condominiums, have gone up an average of 7% in the city of Galway but only 2% in the town of Tuam. On the other hand, average rents for apartments have risen 8% in Tuam over the last year, but only 4% in Galway.

Which of the following is an inference that can be reasonably drawn from the prem- ises given above?

(A) In the last year, the ratio of average apartment rents to average real estate prices has increased in Tuam but fallen in Galway.
(B) Tuam has experienced a greater shift in demand toward the rental market than Galway has.
(C) It has become easier for Galway real estate to be bought and sold, whereas it has become easier for Tuam real estate to be rented.
(D)The supply of rental apartment units has decreased more in Tuam than in Galway.
(E) The average amount spent on housing is higher in Galway than it is in Tuam.

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(A) Correct: You can see the ratio for Tuam is 8/2 but for Galway its 4/7
(B) There is nothing in the passage that is evidence of greater demand.
(C) Nothing in the passage that talks about ease of rent
(D) There is no information that points to evidence of supply
(E) For all we know, Tuam houses could have been $100 but growing slowly while Galway houses could have been$1 but growing fast.

Important to stay within the context of the passage, we don't want to make any assumptions.
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In the last year, real estate prices, such as those for houses and condominiums, have gone up an average of 7% in the city of Galway but only 2% in the town of Tuam. On the other hand, average rents for apartments have risen 8% in Tuam over the last year, but only 4% in Galway.

Which of the following is an inference that can be reasonably drawn from the prem- ises given above?

(A) In the last year, the ratio of average apartment rents to average real estate prices has increased in Tuam but fallen in Galway.
(B) Tuam has experienced a greater shift in demand toward the rental market than Galway has.
(C) It has become easier for Galway real estate to be bought and sold, whereas it has become easier for Tuam real estate to be rented.
(D)The supply of rental apartment units has decreased more in Tuam than in Galway.
(E) The average amount spent on housing is higher in Galway than it is in Tuam.

Can anybody help me with this question please, thanks!

(A) Correct: You can see the ratio for Tuam is 8/2 but for Galway its 4/7
(B) There is nothing in the passage that is evidence of greater demand.
(C) Nothing in the passage that talks about ease of rent
(D) There is no information that points to evidence of supply
(E) For all we know, Tuam houses could have been $100 but growing slowly while Galway houses could have been$1 but growing fast.

Important to stay within the context of the passage, we don't want to make any assumptions.

First of all, thanks for the reply!

The Problem I had with A was that I thought there have to be some other numbers from another year so I can see how they de- or increased. I see, though, that all the other choices are wrong.
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07 Apr 2012, 15:32
Prices or other amounts changing is often a GMAT trick question. You assume that because rents go up in
city A that A will become more expensive than city B. Problem is you are never given the whole amount
of A and B. So, even if rents go up in A, it could still be cheaper than in B.
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As you an see that mathematically A is correct. Further it also includes the words "in the last year", just like the passage which makes it the most accurate conclusion.
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Quant in verbal is always interesting.

In the last year, real estate prices, such as those for houses and condominiums, have gone up an average of 7% in the city of Galway but only 2% in the town of Tuam. On the other hand, average rents for apartments have risen 8% in Tuam over the last year, but only 4% in Galway.

Which of the following is an inference that can be reasonably drawn from the prem- ises given above?

(A) In the last year, the ratio of average apartment rents to average real estate prices has increased in Tuam but fallen in Galway.
Correct.

Tuam:
Average rents: Ro --> 1.08*Ro
Real estates: Eo --> 1.02*Eo
Ratio of average rents/average real estates = R/E
$$\frac{Ro}{Eo} < \frac{1.08*Ro}{1.02*Eo}$$
--> Ratio has increased.

Galway:
Average rents: Ro --> 1.04*Ro
Real estates: Eo --> 1.07*Eo
Ratio of average rents/average real estates = R/E
$$\frac{Ro}{Eo} > \frac{1.04*Ro}{1.07*Eo}$$
--> Ratio has decreased.

A is correct.

(B) Tuam has experienced a greater shift in demand toward the rental market than Galway has.
Wrong. increased percentage does not mean increased demand.

(C) It has become easier for Galway real estate to be bought and sold, whereas it has become easier for Tuam real estate to be rented.
Wrong. Can't infer which city becomes easier for real estate to be bough and sold.

(D)The supply of rental apartment units has decreased more in Tuam than in Galway.
Wrong. Nothing about supply. Infer too far.

(E) The average amount spent on housing is higher in Galway than it is in Tuam.
Wrong. Nothing about average amount spent on housing. Infer too far.

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