Sales of all North County real estate types were down 15 % in January over December. This normally happens each year as sales in January are generated from escrows opened in November in December which is a slow time due to the holidays. They are down 7% from January of 2014. Properties in escrow are up 11% from December and up 29% from January of 2014 which indicates a good start for the coming year . Active listings on the market were down 9% from December and up 1% from the same time last year.