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Where The Spring Housing Season Starts Early

In January and February, the housing market is in full bloom in Florida and Arizona. But upstate New York, New England, and some Pacific markets blossom later.

Nationally, the spring housing seasons kicks off in March and stays strong into August before going into its winter lull. But the seasonality of the market - like everything else about housing - is local.

Using data on properties viewed on Trulia's website from mid-2011 to mid-2014, we determined the seasonal pattern for home searches in each local market (see note). For the U.S. overall, January and February search activity is 2% above the annual average, rising to 10-15% above the annual average in the peak months from March­ to July. It then falls far below the annual average in November and December. However, each local market has its own seasonal rhythm.

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