Good news for the renter as sales in the Vail Valley slow down. Eagle County residents saw the real estate market peak in 2007, and as a result, development and construction of new projects quickly slowed down. This factor was the beginning of a major loss of jobs in the real estate segment of the economy, and as of this year the Valley has lost 6,000 jobs. January through June of that year saw 879 transactions generating sales of $927 million. In January of this year transactions dropped to 407 and sales volume dropped to $401 million representing a 43% drop. On the other hand, sales for the first six months of this year are almost double the total in 2009, which was the low point. In addition to the loss of jobs and because of that fact, there have been a host of foreclosures in the Valley as well - 618 in 2010 and an equal number already this year.