The area housing market continued to come out of its two-year doldrums during February.

Both the number of homes sold and the median prices rose again in February, according to the Maine Real Estate Information Service Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Maine Association of Realtors.

In Knox County for the three-month stretch ending Feb. 28, there were 63 homes sold at a median price of $160,000. This compared with 47 homes sold for the same period a year earlier. A year ago, the median price for those sales was $150,000.

The 7 percent increase in home sale prices in Knox County was greater than the statewide increase of 1 percent. The median statewide price of homes increased from $160,000 to $162,000 during the period.

The 63 homes sold in Knox County during the past three months were the most in three years for that period.

In Lincoln County, the number of homes sold from Dec. 1, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010 rose 2 percent from 43 to 44. The median price, however, dropped 17 percent from $182,500 to $151,500.

In Waldo County, the number of homes sold for the period jumped from 40 to 51. The median price of those sales fell 24 percent from $169,900 to $129,800.