Bloomberg today has a great article "Home Sales, Values Probably Increased: U.S. Economy Preview". It is a quick primer as to where we are and where we may go if we fall off that fiscal cliff.
One of the things that helps me most in my business is knowing not only the current conditions for my market bit also the trends and results in the larger market. A great deal of the activity in lower Fairfield County is directly connected to the New York fiscal markets. If you don't currently have a news feed, sign up for one. It's a great way to start the day - knowing what your informed clients will be talking about.