Contrary to popular belief, January and February aren’t dead in the real estate market here. In fact, the couple of months after Christmas traditionally rival the fall as the busiest period, particularly in the second home market. But this January is turning out to be especially active. 3 of us work together at Catskills Buyer Agency, and we were all booked solid last weekend and are again this coming weekend. While I expect to be busy in January, "booked solid" is a term I usually only utter in September and October. I’m not sure why. We were actually quite slow this past fall, so some of it may be pent up demand. There’s a lot of solid mid-market interest, from $200,000 to $300,000, along with a lot of inquiries about lakefront property (although lakefront is in even shorter supply than a year or two ago.) One surprising difference between this January and last January is that the current surge is from middle income buyers, and not driven by "Wall Street bonuses". That may account some for the noticeable weakness in the upper end market.