'Winter sales are down,' and it's December Fool's Day

Slower sales in December are normal, not cause for alarm
  • December is so slow that no December housing data ever matters.
  • No housing trend ever began in December.

On Monday this week, realtor.com sent a market update to all media, hoping as always for maximum coverage. I know it’s a slow news week, skeleton staffs trying to generate something to keep bosses off backs, but … this? “Realtor.com First Look: December Is Cooler and Slower.”