Home sales up, prices rising

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

December home sales were up slightly from last year and prices continue to rise.

Realtors sold 421 homes last month, up from 417 in December 2011, according to MountData, a real estate marketing firm. That pushed 2012 sales to 5,053, up from 5,845 in 2011.

The median sales price jumped to $152,500 in December and $141,000 for the year. The median price in December 2011 was $139,000 and last year it was $120,000.