The sale prices of single-family homes in Knox County set another record during the past three months.

The volume of sales declined, however.

The median sale price of single-family homes in Knox County from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 jumped 25 percent from a year ago, reaching $370,000. This is up from $295,000 for the same three months in 2020, $239,000 in 2019, $245,000 in 2018, and $211,000 in 2017.

Knox County has the third highest median home price of counties in Maine. The statewide median price is $310,800, while Cumberland is highest at $447,500, followed by York County at $403,500. Aroostook County has the lowest median price at $125,000.

That price keeps most Knox County residents unable to afford homes. The Maine State Housing Authority reported in 2020, 59 percent of residents in the county could not afford the median price of homes. The figures for 2021 are not yet available.

The number of sales in Knox County for the past three months slipped from last year, falling 23 percent (269 to 207).

A news release from the Maine Association of Realtors, which compiles the numbers, stated sales are down because of a lower than normal inventory of homes on the market.

“Despite the lower sales volume numbers compared to 2020 for each month from July through October, demand remains extraordinary for Maine’s residential real estate, Aaron Bolster, broker/owner of Allied Realty in Skowhegan and 2021 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS stated in the news release dated Nov. 22.

While the number of sales in the past three months are down from a year ago, they are still sharply higher than in the previous years prior to the start of the pandemic.