(WiredPRNews.com) — Despite the gloom and doom that is portrayed by the national media, if you look closer at some of the statistics regarding homes sales, it can be determined that we are actually getting back to normal conditions in some markets, according to Pat Kirby, publisher of niche websites GreatSecondHomes.com and GreatWaterfrontLiving.com. Using Austin, Texas as an example, sales during 2006 broke all records with about 27,000 sales. Most real estate experts agreed that sales could not keep up that artificial pace forever. Looking closer at 2007, that was the second best year on record with about 25,000 sales. This year is shaping up to be more on pace with 2004 (approximately 21,000 sales) or 2005 (approximately 24,000 sales), which were considered strong years compared to years past. Another interesting fact is that homes are taking about 75 days to sell, which is still considered a characteristic of a sellers market. The median home price in Austin is now up to $180,000 (up 2% in February). This slight rise might be attributed to fewer lower-priced and entry-level home sales, which is the sector most affected by the mortgage and foreclosure crisis.