George Harrison of the Beatles penned this song in 1969 after a rather long winter, something we have become all too familiar with this year. Two further lines go :- It's been a long cold lonely winter/ I see the ice slowly melting. I think we know how he feels. Some of my daffodils had the temerity to flower about a month ago when a brief respite from the cold tricked them into thinking summer (or at least Spring) had arrived. I even had the lawn mower out and gave the grass a light haircut, then a month of unseasonably low temperatures and snow followed. Despite all this, as an estate agent I think there is more room for confidence. The property market may have been ailing but it's 'vital signs' are improving. Despite the recent wretched weather there is still a pent up demand and whilst the early months of 2013 have been pedantic in terms of sales, activity either side of Easter encourages me to think that things may be looking up. The picture is uneven both in terms of geographical location and property type. But with recent government assistance we should see more buyers entering the market, particularly in the first time buyer sector. Several of my investor clients are buying now on the basis that the 'bargains' may not be around much longer. The outlying villages have seen sales hard to come by, but as Spring does arrive activity will improve here as the prospect of rural living becomes more attractive. George Harrison concludes :- Here comes the sun/ Here comes the sun, and I say/ It's alright/ It's all right. As a natural optimist I hope this will be the chorus of the property market through 2013. Mark Bygott is Director of Mark Bygott Intercounty and has over 30 years experience selling property.