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Home sales surge nearly 12 percent in county

Here’s good news about the housing market in Douglas County: The number of homes sold and the average price they sold for are both up from last year.

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That’s according to a new housing report released by RE/MAX.

Countywide, the number of homes sold increased 11.99 percent, rising from 659 sales in 2012 to 738 this year (January through October).

The average sold price of homes in the area is up 8 percent, from $164,968 in 2012 to $178,165 this year.

Some communities in the Douglas County region experienced particularly robust sales.

In Parkers Prairie, for instance, 31 homes were sold this year, an increase of 72 percent from 2012’s 18 sales. The average price, however, dipped slightly, falling from $118,688 to $114,680.

Alexandria housing market was also strong. A total of 422 homes were sold between January and October this year. That’s up 22.32 percent from the same time period a year ago when 345 homes were sold. The average sold price also edged up, going from $189,835 to $197,578, a 4 percent increase.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening in other cities in the area as far as the number of homes sold and the average price (2012 figures are in parenthesis):

Glenwood – 86 (93), $146,699 ($135,213).

Osakis – 59 (59), $138,611 ($134,213).

Garfield – 30 (31), $148,814 ($187,782).

Miltona – 27 (25), $213,994 ($144,956).

Carlos – 20 (22), $215,498 ($158,933).

Evansville – 16 (15), $202,375 ($97,853).

Brandon – 15 (18), $166,320 ($131,944).

Hoffman – 11 (14), $102,953 ($92,520).

Kensington – 7 (5), $122,539 ($180,800).

Nelson – 7 (7), $92,689 ($128,200).

Villard – 7 (7), $119,214 ($101,629).

The information in the report was based on data supplied by the Multiple Listing Service and its members.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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