Hi Halley, I guess I feel differently regarding the Sarasota and Bradenton markets. I have now sat in on at least 4 local and state economists' seminars and everyone of them say that we botttomed out in Sept/Oct of last year (2007). I also watch the statistics daily as I not only own a real estate company but I'm an instructor and I have to be on top of my game with numbers, etc. to be able to teach. Saying that, the numbers actually reveal that our market has bottomed, yes there are still going to be additional short sales, foreclosures, and some people who will need to reduce their current pricing but generally speaking we are on a slow upswing. One way to prove this is by watching the local board statistics, this time last year, it was not uncommon to see anywhere from 800 to 1200 properties being listed every three to four weeks. The numbers for the past couple of weeks has been around 450-500 properties. Also, the sales have gone from record lows of 50-60 sales a month last year to back up to around 250-300 this past month. The numbers don't lie...our market has turned, the really great deals are almost gone and I believe that before the year ends, we will have seen about a 5-7% value increase. Hope this helps. Good Luck!