More and more houses are selling in our part of the Sunshine State.

And as the sales are up, so are the prices. Florida Realtors say home sales were up about 17 percent in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and up about eleven percent in Charlotte County-North Port area. Home prices were up too. in Sarasota-Bradenton, the average home price was just over 152 thousand dollars; in Charlotte County, the average price was about 102 thousand dollars. Throughout Florida, the realtor’s organization said there were about 13 thousand homes that were bought and sold, up about eleven percent from a year ago.