Home Sales Down In 2010 

The Maine Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes fell nearly 3 percent in 2010 from a year earlier, but that the median sales price rose during the year. The group said Thursday that real estate agents sold 10,213 single-family homes for the year, down from 10,486 in 2009. The median sales price was $168,750, up from $164,000 in 2009. For the year, Franklin County had the biggest increase in home sales, at nearly 19 percent. The steepest decline, 12 percent, occurred in Penobscot County. York County had the sharpest increase in median sales price, up 11 percent to $211,000. (AP)