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.

The survey also shows that the real estate agents polled expect the Fort Meyers, Fla., area; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and San Antonio to be among the top-performing 2012 real estate markets.

(Click here to view larger image.)

(Click here to view larger image.)

Survey: 10 top-performing real estate markets in 2012

1. Fort Myers-Naples, Fla.
2. Austin, Texas
3. Boise, Idaho
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
6. Denver
7. Dallas-Fort Worth
8. Nashville, Tenn.
9. Houston, Texas
10. Salt Lake City, Utah

Source: ActiveRain survey of 1,800 real estate professionals.

The agents surveyed expect Reno, Nev., to top the list of the worst-performing real estate markets in 2012. The big three: Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, make the top 10 worst list, as well.

Survey: 10 real estate markets expected to perform poorly in 2012

1. Reno, Nev.
2. Sacramento, Calif.
3. Chicago
4. New York
5. Providence, R.I.
6. Springfield, Mo.
7. San Diego
8. Los Angeles
9. Cleveland
10. Philadelphia

Source: ActiveRain survey of 1,800 real estate professionals. 

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription