Online Real Estate Search Traffic Throughout 2010 Indicates Strong Buyer Interest Achieves 13 Months of Consecutive Positive Monthly Increases

Kansas City, MO, September 29, 2010 --( While national real estate statistics in recent months have indicated sluggish sales growth, buyer interest in lifestyle and rural properties is still strong based on the upward growth of real estate search traffic. According to United Country Real Estate, the nation’s leading national lifestyle and rural real estate company, traffic to their portfolio of nearly 1,100 websites has tripled in the last three years, reaching three million unique visitors per month. Visitors to their main website,, have increased 13 percent year-to-date, resulting in 13 months of consecutive positive monthly growth.

“This goes beyond numbers,” said Mike Duffy, president of United Country Real Estate. “These statistics show a growing buyer interest in non-urban real estate. Visitors are looking for a better lifestyle, lower cost of living, affordable retirement properties, smart investment options versus the stock market and tangible investments they can use and enjoy. It’s a natural and logical consumer reaction to a challenging economic environment.”

According to United Country, current market conditions make it an ideal time for these interested buyers to make purchases for a number of reasons.

“Regardless of the product they are considering, smart buyers want to be certain they are purchasing the right product, at the right time, and at the best possible price. We are confident that as it pertains to real estate, now is the best time to buy. We believe home prices in most parts of rural America have reached their bottom and mortgage rates are currently at 50-year lows. Whether considering a primary residence, vacation property, recreational property, land, or investment property, the time to 'buy low' is now,” Duffy said.

About United Country
United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated franchise network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 600 offices across the U.S. and in Costa Rica with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing web sites (more than 1,100 separate sites), seven proprietary real estate catalogs with a cumulative distribution of 1.5 million readers, an extensive, current buyer database and national advertising of properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Dun and Bradstreet’s, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate franchises.

United Country Real Estate
Kyla Barcus
800-444-5044 ext. 224