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

  • December is so slow that no December housing data ever matters.
  • No housing trend ever began in December.

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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.”