On June 1 we analyzed and attempted to determine where we were in the Carmel marketplace in our blog article, “At the Bottom?” We concluded in June and affirm here again that real estate is too diverse and fragmented a market to establish a clear picture of both bottoms and tops. It is also apparent that there are mixed signals and trends moving in both directions. So it was in the September 2010 Sales statistics . While the number of overall sales in 2010 is greater than in the same period in 2009, September sales in Carmel were as slow as we have seen in years. On the other hand, the number of days it takes to sell a home is moving in a lower and positive direction. We will be closely following the 4th quarter numbers. Traditionally, the 4th quarter is strong as this represents some of the best Indian Summer weather on the coast. As always, only time will tell.