Our real estate market in 2010 improved over 2009 with the number of sales up across most areas of Boulder County. The biggest improvement is in the number of single family homes sold in the city of Boulder, where sales through August 2010 are up 24% compared to the same period in 2009. The next three months are a great time to buy. Why? First, the market is cooling seasonally -- there are less active buyers, and sellers who haven't yet closed the deal are becoming more motivated. Next, interest rates continue to be historically low. And finally, sales traditionally pick up after the holidays, and this creates a more competitive situation among buyers. These factors present buyers with an exceptional opportunity now.