Home Sales Up Overall for the StateSubmitted: 03/19/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Homes sales in Wisconsin rose for the 20th consecutive month in February.

Still, the northern part of the state saw a slight dip in sales.

A report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association says sales increased nearly 12 percent compared to last February.

Median home prices rose to 122-thousand dollars in February.

That's a 6 percent increase over a year ago.

December, January and February sales increased 14.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

The Northern region saw its home sales fall in February, but just 3 percent.

For the winter as a whole sales are running well ahead of last year's pace.

For December through February, existing home sales in the Northern region increased 17.5 percent compared to a year ago.

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