Here's the stats for the Greater Binghamton Market as of October 2012:
Ave price $128,266 $125,744
Ave Days Mkt 114 110
Ave Sales/Mo 144 133
Ave listings/Mo 1407 1378
The answer to your questions is - The market is a bit better than last year. Personally, I'm having a record year, but I've been at it longer than most (30+ years). Our market has been, and will continue to be, tied to employment. Binghamton University is still expanding and remains the primary economic engine in the area. Washington is likely to continue cuts to national defense which will affect major local industries like Lockheed, BAE and EIT. Most business contacts are not expecting a major improvement in 2013, hoping for modest gains, cutting expenses until upstate catches up to the "recovery" that, according to popular media, is happening, apparently, somewhere else.
I can provide statistics specific to your neighborhood and type of property upon request.