ST. JOSEPH, MI ? "Since July we have seen monthly housing sales bounce up and down with no particular pattern. For example July, normally a peak-selling month, had only 170 houses sold and closed when August had 232. Then September had 192, October 212 andNovember had 168. As people get ready for the holidays, November typically has a decline in sales. However thanks to the tax incentive, year-to-date we have stayed ahead of last year until September for the number of house sold and by the end of November we fell 5 percent behind last year. At this point in the year, our year-to-date average selling prices are still up for the year, but the monthly trend appears to be a downward trend from a high earlier in the year," stated Gary Walter, EVP, of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS?, Inc.