Survey: Top-performing real estate markets in 2012

(INFOGRAPHIC) Real estate pros expect housing surge in Fort Myers, Fla.; Austin, Texas

A recent survey study of 1,800 real estate agents by Seattle-based ActiveRain, a real estate social network, revealed that agents expect that in 2012 the housing market will reach bottom and begin to rebound.

Most of the real estate agents surveyed said they expect real estate values, transactions and the local economy to stay flat or rise from 2011 levels. Sixty percent anticipate the volume of real estate transactions will climb slightly.