The number of home sales in Knox County increased 48 percent in the past three months compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Maine Real Estate Information Service, which is a subsidiary of the Maine Association of Realtors. The median price for those homes, however, dropped 10.8 percent.

In Knox County from Jan. 1 to March 31, there were 55 home sales in 2010 compared with 37 sales in 2009. The median sales price dropped from $175,000 in the first quarter of 2009 to $156,000 in 2010.

In Lincoln County from Jan. 1 to March 31, there were 42 home sales in 2010 compared with 33 sales in 2009. The median sales price increased 2.6 percent, from $155,000 in 2009 to $159,000 in 2010.

In Waldo County from Jan. 1 to March 31, there were 46 home sales in 2010 compared with 40 sales in 2009. The median sales price dropped 13.8 percent, from $152,000 in 2009 to $131,000 in 2010.

Statewide, there were 815 home sales in March 2010 compared with 558 units sold in March 2009, an increase of 46 percent. The statewide median sales price increased 10 percent, from $150,000 in March 2009 to $164,900 in March 2010.

Nationally, single-family existing home sales rose 13 percent in March 2010 compared with a year ago.