I know it is almost the end of January, but with snow, floods, burst pipes, failed servers and a thankfully very busy period for viewing, I am only now getting to compiling the viewing and offer figures for the end of 2009.
In doing this, I thought it might be useful to compare figures from the "boom period" and today.
With prices peaking in the six-month period at the end of 2006 and the start of 2007, here under are the figures for the last three years. They are a clear indication of the demise of the property market over that period.
2007: Viewings 1571 Offers 738
2008: Viewings 1170 Offers 411
2009: Viewings 686 Offers 290
Viewings are down 53% from peak, while offers are down (in number, not value) by 61%.
That said, despite the weather, January has been a fantastic month so far, with lots of viewings and great interest in reduced-price homes.
While there has been a lot of damage in the commercial/retail sector, landlords have reacted well in reducing rents where the tenant has a chance of surviving.
Those shops that are currently vacant are, with reduced asking rents and flexible leases, meeting good interest from successful retailers expanding and new start-ups.
This is a much more positive start to the year than January 2009, long may it continue.