Whatcom's January home sales rose 20.3 percent from 2012

Closed sales of single-family homes and condominiums in Whatcom County were up 20.3 percent in January, according to figures released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Local brokers reported 142 closings last month, up from 118 in January 2012. Prices on homes sold in Whatcom County jumped as well.

The county’s median sale price was $230,000 in January, up 6.6 percent from the same month in 2012, when the median was $220,500. Whatcom’s average home sale price last month was $267,120, up 14.2 percent from the previous year, when the average was $233,942.

Regionally, NMLS brokers reported 4,289 closings on single-family homes and condos last month, a 23.6 percent increase from 2012. The regional median price was $239,300; average sale price was $299,747.

According to the listing service, total available home inventory across the region dropped 31.3 percent.

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service, based in Kirkland, Wash., includes more than 21,000 real estate brokers in 21 counties in Washington state.

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