It looks like things are about to happen. In our market, October through January are our slower times and it has been that way since I have been in the real estate business 16 years ago.
My indicator that I am using is my website counter. My counter is NOT the normal counter that counts people whenever they hit the page or counts them when my site comes up on a internet search. These numbers are or can be very deceiving. My counter ONLY counts you when you preview a listing. So, when you visit any of my informative pages, it does not count you, if you do a property search and there are 25 properties that meet your criteria, you are not counted. You will only be counted when you do your search and you click on one of the properties in that search. You may click on 10 properties, you are counted 10 times. I think that I would rather count the number of properties looked at, than how many people that may have stumbled across my website.
My site is dial-up friendly (people still do use dial up) and there are a number of people that use it. I even had an Exit agent call me yesterday and his customer found a listing on my site and he was trying to find more information about it, all he knew he was on my website. When you do a property search for my city, I am one of the ones that show up first and it is very user friendly.
Anyway, back to the subject of this blog. I wrote down the counter number on 1-5-09 and then compared it to the current count. In the past 10 days, there were 3,760 properties viewed. That averages 376 properties viewed per day. That is alot of LOOKERS! So, I hope this will be a good "sign for 2009". (wow, that rhymed) Have a blessed and successful 2009 everyone!
I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties. If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you! You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Larry@Searcy4Sale.com. Visit my website at http://www.searcy4sale.com