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Tampa Bay home sales and prices rose in second quarter

Times staff

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area ranked second among Florida metro areas in the total number of home sales in the three months ended in June.

Bay area buyers closed on 13,014 single-family homes, condos and townhomes in the quarter, exactly 1,000 fewer than were purchased in the greater Miami area, Florida Realtors reported Tuesday.

Year-over-year sales of Tampa Bay homes rose 20.5 percent in the second quarter with the median price up 12.2 percent. Those percentage gains were better than for Florida as a whole but less than in Jacksonville and six other metro areas. The median price of a Tampa Bay home in the second quarter was $175,000.