Homes sales in Spokane County surged compared with February, but remained behind the level for March 2009, when a federal home buyer tax credit was available.
Buyers closed on 307 sales compared with 190 in February, according to the Spokane Association of Realtors. The average price was $162,187, down from $166,418 in February and $182,234 a year earlier.
The median price was $154,000, ahead of the $150,000 for February, but below the $160,000 of a year ago.
Sales and prices were down for the first quarter compared with the 2009 period, when the tax credit was stimulating sales.
So far, 681 homes have sold, a 14 percent drop from 2009, and average and median prices both declined.
The number of listings increased slightly over February, to 2,738, but fell significantly from the 3,335 of a year ago.