ST. JOSEPH, MI ? "Ruthless weather in the first two months of the year can play havoc with housing sales. Last year, January sales were higher than February and this year it was the opposite. February housing sales were up 18 percent (170 vs 144) over January. Compared to February 2014, this year February housing sales were up 12 percent (170 vs. 152). Combine the two months, year-to-date we sold just 2 fewer houses this year versus last year," stated Gary Walter, EVP, of the Southwestern Michigan Association of REALTORS?, Inc.