Local home sales continued to decline during the past few months but the prices paid increased.

There were 75 homes sold in Knox County from July 1 through Sept. 30, according to the Maine Real Estate Information Systems Inc. This is down 24 percent from the 99 sales during the same period in 2009.

The 2010 sales are also fewer than the 83 sales in 2008, 157 in 2007, and 127 in 2006.

The median price of the homes sold in Knox County for the past quarter this year was $197,000, up nearly 4 percent from $190,000 in 2009. The median price for that three-month stretch in 2008 was $192,000 and $208,000 in 2007.

The median price in Knox County this year is the third greatest of any Maine county, trailing only Cumberland at $230,000 and York at $225,000. The lowest median price was found in Piscataquis County at $85,000.

In Lincoln County, there were 85 homes sold during the period, down from 95 last year. The median price jumped 10 percent to $183,900.

In Waldo County, there were 87 homes sold, up from 85 a year ago. The median price was up 1 percent to $150,000.

Statewide, sales were down 21 percent from a year ago and the median price rose 3 percent to $170,000.