Home sales in Cumberland and Dauphin counties continue to run ahead of last year's pace.
Through the first nine months of the year, there have been 4,133 homes sold in the two counties. That was up 12.2 percent from last year's first three quarters, according to data released Thursday by the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors.
Cumberland County had 2,201 sales through September, which was 17.1 percent higher than last year. Dauphin County came in with 1,932 sales through September, which was 7.2 percent higher.
In the third quarter alone, there were 1,549 sales in the two counties, an increase of 16 percent over 2012.
Cumberland County produced 858 sales last quarter, an increase of 20.3 percent over the third quarter of 2012, according to the association. The median-sale price was $174,950.
Dauphin County recorded 691 sales, compared with 622 in the third quarter last year. That was 11.1 percent higher. The median-sale price was $148,200.
The Central Penn Multi-List Inc., the association's statistical arm, reported 2,235 sales in its coverage area, which was up 13.3 percent.
Nearly three-quarters of those sales come from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. The rest come from members in surrounding counties that use the CPMLS to list properties.
The median-sale price for the third quarter in the CPMLS area was $163,500. That is up from $162,250 last year, according to the association.