SPRING FORWARD IN 2012 CONTEST - 2012 Market Trends

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

Since 2007 we've been struggling with the public perception that real estate is not a good investment. We've also struggled to put the word out that the "bad market" is regional, & quite micro oriented. I know we've all been experiencing the unveiling of a beautiful 2012. Personally, my market has hot  & cold pockets, but in general, is warm.

Market Trends 2012The good news is, the market is heating up & the frost we've been experiencing is thawing. It's time to communicate  -  IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY or SELL!

Some of you participated in the "Hot or Not" survey last year and Activerain greatly appreciates you for doing so. Surveys like such, provide valuable information resulting in reports like,

Real Estate Recovery Or Not? 2012 Predictions by the Pro's Infographic.

In conjunction with the launch of the Infographic and survey results being released today, we are launching a contest today, SPRING FORWARD IN 2012 CONTEST - 2012 Market Trends



Write 8 blogs over a 4 week period, both regional and national market trends. May be your own research with your board or company, or it can be third party research such as your paid subscription to an industry news subscription, but authorized to blog. Must include a graph or chart, with a clear understanding of what the graph or chart indicates.

***** NEWS FLASH!!!!!*******

By popular request, I am modifying the contest.  The original rules are still posted, so let the News Flash be the revision. THE BLOGS CAN INCLUDE NATIONAL TRENDS BUT NOT REQUIRED. In some markets it may be adventageous and in other markets, maybe not so it's your call.  The new rule is:  "Each week write 2 "2012 Market Trends" blogs, to be regional, national , or one of each, not to exceed 4 national posts out of the 8.

Some expressed concern about the graphs.   Notice I said "or charts"in the contest rules. Your board has reports so you can copy/paste those to support your comments. None-the-less, ... 

How to Make MARKET REPORT GRAPHS - Accessories for your Reports


Spring Forward in 2012 ContestUPDATE #2:  Please be sure to link your market trends blog to the original Real Estate Values post.  ALSO, EMBED THE INFOGRAPHIC below so consumers know this is a starting point.  As mentioned in the intro, this contest is related to the Real Estate Recovery or Not Infographic ActiveRain created.  There is no need to update posts prior to 2.28.12. Please see comment #117 for more clarification on this crucial update.

<p><a href="http://activerain.com/real-estate-values"><img src="http://activerain.com/pdf/FINALhotornot_600px.jpg" height="800" alt="" width="375"></a></p>


Moving forward.....


  • Each week write 1 NATIONAL & 1 REGIONAL "2012 Market Trends"  blog.
  • Your REGIONAL Market Trends blog should be posted in the relevant hyper local section.
  • Each blog must be original content from 2012.
  • Each blog must contain a graph or chart with an explanation of the image.
  • The contest is for four weeks, a total of 8 blogs must be created, 4 national, 4 regional - a total of 8.
  • Post a summary of your 8 blogs links within ONE COMMENT LINE to receive


  • The point is to spread the news with your  readership that the market is coming back. But yeah, there are some Activerain points. (smile)
  •  2,000 points per blogger who completes & posts their blog summary on or before March 29, 2012
  • 500 BONUS points for posting at least 4 market trends blogs within the first 7 days (Feb 29)
  • Max points:  2500



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Paula Bradfield
Keller Williams Performance Realty - Salida, CO
Your Salida Colorado and Down Valley Realtor
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

My final four are:

Orland Hills homes market trends

Frankfort homes market trends

Lockport homes market trends

Mokena homes market trends

Mar 29, 2012 04:53 AM #175
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Cathy - Here is the whole shebang plus a few extra for good measure ..... wow I for one am glad this one is done ..... I don't envy you the task of managing this challenge especially the amount of time it will take in what is usually the busiest time of the year for us.

Comparing Local Real Estate Market Statistics 03/29/2012

National Home Prices Compared to Greater Toronto Area Home Prices 03/28/2012

Week Ending Sunday March 25th 2012 - Uxbridge Real Estate Market Snapshot - Uxbridge, Ontario 03/25/2012

2012-03 Mid Month - GTA and LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATES . 03/20/2012 06:56 PM

Week Ending Sunday March 18th 2012 - Uxbridge Real Estate Market Snapshot - Uxbridge, Ontario 03/18/2012 graph shows the the last 6 month trends for Uxbridge based on end of the month statistics

Canadian Home Sales Continue Upward Climb 03/18/2012 07:55 PM national stats

Week Ending Sunday March 11th 2012 - Uxbridge Real Estate Market Snapshot - Uxbridge, Ontario 03/11/2012 graph shows the the last 3 month trends for Uxbridge of sales and listings

Greater Toronto Area - February 2012 - Month End Real Estate Market Updates And Trends 03/06/2012 Graph of new listing trends in the GTA + links to the The Current Trends viewed by clicking on the buttons Representing The Short Term Trends

Market Snapshot - Uxbridge, Ontario - Week Ending Sunday March 4th 2012 03/04/2012 The graph shows the 3 month trends based on end of the month statistics from The Toronto Real Estate Board for home sales (green), new listings (orange) and active listings (pink) to the end of January 2012.

National Fixed Rate Mortgage Rates 02/28/2012 Canadian Mortgage rates charted over the last 10 years.

A Primer On Market Trends, Graphs, And Charts - What Are Absorption Rates and Why Are They Important 02/28/2012 Several Graphs that look at Absorption rate trends over various time periods for Uxbridge.

Market Snapshot - Uxbridge, Ontario - Week Ending Sunday February 26th 2012 02/26/2012 The graph shows the annual trends based on end of the month statistics from The Toronto Real Estate Board for home sales, new listings and active listings for the last 12 months.

A Primer On Market Trends, Graphs, And Charts - Three Year Trend Lines 02/26/2012 A Three Year Trend line chart provides a long term look at what is happening in the Local Uxbridge Real Estate Market.

Local Uxbridge, Ontario - Canadian - North American - Real Estate Market Predictions And Trends For 2012 02/22/2012 Several Graphs of trends over a period of time and a tool for viewing the Canadian Home Price Index

Mar 29, 2012 04:07 PM #179
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Thanks for all your hard work on this challenge Cathy, here are my 4 early bird posts.






Note, the above is also in comment # 138

Here are the rest of the weekly market report posts.


http://actvra.in/wDf 4th Qtr Condos

http://actvra.in/wMx 4th Qtr homes


Condos for sale by price range http://actvra.in/wVk

Homes for sale http://actvra.in/wVj

Condos for sale by condo name http://actvra.in/wVl

Plantation Bay for sale http://actvra.in/xlC

Condos sold http://actvra.in/x4b

Homes sold http://actvra.in/xld

Plantation Bay sold http://actvra.in/xlt

Mar 31, 2012 12:39 AM #181
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I think I have already posted, but I am not sure (sorry!)  So just to be safe, here are my report links and dates:

2/24  http://activerain.com/blogsview/2912728/market-trends-dallas-county-closed-home-sale-prices 




3/04  http://activerain.com/blogsview/3006843/ellis-county-homes-report-market-trend 


3/11  http://activerain.com/blogsview/3033470/dallas-county-home-sales-market-trend 


3/18  http://activerain.com/blogsview/3059260/february-ellis-county-homes-report-market-trends 


3/25  http://activerain.com/blogsview/3090797/market-trends-midlothian-tx-and-beyond 





Mar 31, 2012 11:03 AM #183
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Here are my 8 posts:   http://actvra.in/xSL   Alameda's Low Inventory

                                 http://actvra.in/xRv   Alameda's Foreclosure Trends

                                 http://actvra.in/x58   Alameda's Condominium Market Trends

                                 http://actvra.in/xk5   Alameda single family home inventory

                                  http://actvra.in/xrD   CAR chief economists speaks about market trends to Alameda Realtors

                                 http://actvra.in/wM4   Alameda market report trends

                                  http://actvra.in/wBL   Alameda distressed properties market trends

                                  http://actvra.in/x52   Alameda market trends for single family home 2011 to 2012

My computer is acting up, so I hope you get this.  Thanks for the fun contest.  I am getting in the market report mode. 

Mar 31, 2012 01:55 PM #184
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hi Evelyn - the blogs are fine, no biggie. I'm reviewing today and if there are any issues I'll let you know. Thanks for participating!

Hi Connie - thanks for putting all our blogs in one place for me, makes it easier.

To all:  I know it was a challenge but I hope it was easier than the 31 day challenges and it helped you know your market better.  I will try to have this completed by tomorrow and send it up to Kerrie for credit, thanks!!!


Apr 02, 2012 09:40 AM #185
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Thank you Cathy, for the "heads up" on the hyperlink!

Apr 03, 2012 01:15 AM #186
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

You are very welcome. It makes it easier for the facilitator to just click to a new tab. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2012 02:42 AM #187
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