Sales of high-end homes lifted prices to a six-month high in Southern California in March, as the region's housing market remained in a gradual recovery, a research firm said Tuesday.
There were 19,953 new and existing homes and condos sold in a six-county region, up 2.8 percent from a year earlier, DataQuick said, marking the third-straight annual increase and the seventh in eight months.
The median price was $280,000, down 0.2 percent from the same time last year and matching the highest level since September.
Sales rose sharply from February, reflecting a usual seasonal increase as spring begins.
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