On December 12th I reported here that we were experiencing an exceptionally busy start in December. The usual lull between Thanksgiving in November and the second week of January has not occurred. This busy market right through the holidays, even during Christmas and New Year's weeks, is really surprising.

Our exceptional weather did not hurt. Southern California was the warmest spot in the nation (excluding Hawaii) for about 10-days. Here in the desert we experienced sunny skies day-after-day with temperatures in the mid to upper 70's (24º C).

I was fortunate to close out '09 by posting a 79% increase in the number of properties sold over '08. We are projecting another 50% increase this year as buyers continue to take advantage of some great real estate opportunities here in the desert.