Thurston home sales rise 7 percent in October

Thurston County home sales finally broke out of an extended rut in October, rising 7 percent last month after several months in which sales were flat, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service data released today.

Home sales rose 6.99 percent to 245 units from 229 units in October 2010, the combined single-family residence and condominium data show.

Also in the year-over-year October period: median prices fell 6.25 percent to $210,000 and pending sales fell 5.37 percent to 282 units. The total number of homes for sale also fell 7.18 percent to 1,628 units and new listings in October fell to 297 units from 360 units, the combined data show.

For more on this story, see Friday's Olympian.