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Market snapshot: Agents give reading on local conditions

The local real estate market nearly screeched to a halt in late 2005, said Alvin Arner, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Stuart, Fla., and has since been climbing back toward normal conditions.

There was a temporary standstill in 2004, too, after the double blow of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in the area. The “snowbirds” — property owners and vacationers who travel to Florida from colder-climate areas — have been slow to return.