Home sales in Cumberland and Dauphin counties jumped 10.8 percent last year compared with 2012, according to the latest figures from the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors.
Together, the two counties posted 5,429 sales in 2013. Cumberland County notched 2,865 sales, which was up 13.5 percent over 2012, while Dauphin County sales increased 8 percent to 2,564 last year.
The three counties that the association breaks out for statistical purposes — including Perry County — accounted for 5,763 home sales last year, or 72 percent of regional sales.
In total, the association reported 7,995 sales in the greater Harrisburg area in 2013, an increase of 9.3 percent over 2012. The association reports listings and sales from members in several surrounding counties, including Lancaster and York.
The 2013 regional total was the highest since 2007, when 8,730 sales were reported, according to the association. Annual sales dipped below 7,400 in 2008 and 2009 before falling to fewer than 6,500 in 2010 and 2011.
The 2011 total — 6,118 — was the lowest annual total over the last decade for the greater Harrisburg area. That was only eclipsed by 2002, when there were 5,912 home sales, according to the association.
Annual data was not available before 2002.
The median sale price for the region was $160,000 in 2013. That was up from $159,000 in 2012.