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Will 2009 boom or will it be more doom and gloom? Now you're probably thinking: "A real estate boom in 2009? You've got to be kidding!" While the market may not exactly boom in 2009, there are a number of factors that may signal a dramatic improvement over the next 12 months. Here's what's happening that could make 2009 better than anyone anticipates. 1. The 10-year real estate cycle All markets are cyclical. While markets differ dramatically, a 10-year cycle is common in many places. The Southern California market provides an excellent illustration. In 1960, 1970, 1980 and 1990, the real estate market was at its lowest point plagued by excessive inventory, foreclosures and short sales. By 1994, the market had stabilized from the downturn in the early 1990s. As market values were beginning to climb, the Northridge Earthquake hit. Extensive damage throughout the area sent the market into a tailspin. It took another three years for the market to stabilize again...