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Turkey Day Puts Northeast Home Shopping to Sleep, but Pacific Northwest Wakes Up

house-on-earthThanksgiving is a time when Americans step back from their busy lives to commemorate our nation’s history, specifically the days when the original colonialists engaged in a feast to give thanks to their blessings in the new world.

Then, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day. With such a unique history, you would think modern Americans would stay indoors and feast during the weekend, escaping the hunt of the modern era for a second or two. But according to Realtor.com, that all depends on where you live. It seems some Americans see the holiday of thanks as a good chance to get a leg up–no turkey pun intended–on the home market competition. The Realtor.com team set out to see whether home shopping activity ceased during the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. What they found is it all depends on what part of the nation you hail from.

As for the Pacific Northwest–specifically Washington, Oregon, Idaho–and then drifting Southeast towards Utah– the real estate website found traffic data for home shoppers during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday was hardly impacted by the Thanksgiving holiday when compared to average fourth-quarter traffic. Other states were home shopping traffic remained relatively stable through Thanksgiving included Colorado, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia.

But Thanksgiving did impact traffic in some New England states, with Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont among the states reporting significant traffic declines because of the Turkey holiday. Other states where Thanksgiving negatively impacted home shopping include Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Indiana.

About Author: Kerri Panchuk

Kerri Panchuk is an attorney and financial writer with more than a decade of experience covering real estate, default servicing, residential mortgage-backed securities, retail, macroeconomics, and commercial real estate. Panchuk graduated from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and Texas Tech University. Panchuk previously served DSNews.com as online managing editor/producer and webcast anchor and is currently a contributing writer and editor for the MReport. Panchuk is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
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