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Local home sales increase in December in Manatee

BRADENTON -- Manatee County Realtors closed out 2010 with 305 home sales in December, according to statistics released today by the Manatee Association of Realtors.

December home sales were up from 282 sold in November and on par with the 313 sold in December 2009. The median price of homes sold jumped to $180,000 in December, from $162,250 in November. The median price of homes sold in December 2009 was $189,000.

Total home sales for 2010, however, improved from 2009.

Manatee County Realtors reported 3,927 home sales in 2010, up from 3,407 in 2009.

There were far more homes under contract this December than 2009. Manatee Realtors reported 417 homes under contract last month, up from 234 in December 2009.

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