TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Sales of single family home sales in the state were up nearly 20% compared to the same period last year.

Florida Realtors said 18,490 sales closed statewide on existing single-family homes in September, and increase of 18.8% compared to last September.

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The median sales price on those single-family homes was $170,000, up 17.2 percent from the previous year.

The Miami-Dade-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, which accounted for 3,566 single-family sales and 3,560 town-home and condominium sales, recorded a median price of $250,000 on the single-family homes and $134,250 on the town homes.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area had 3,104 single-family home sales and 1,086 town-homes and condominiums sold in September, with the median price at $155,000 for the homes and $96,000 on the town-homes and condominiums.

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The highest median sale price for single-family homes was recorded in Naples, at $312,450, on 402 sales. Ocala had the lowest median sales price, $107,000, on the 489 single-family homes sold.

By comparison, the median sales price on homes nationally in September was $212,200, topped by a $441,330 median price in California and $345,000 in Maryland.

Florida Realtors also reported that 8,279 town homes and condominiums were sold in September, up 11.4 percent from the same period in 2012. The median price of those sales was $130,000, the same as in August, but a 23.5 percent jump from September 2012.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.