In June, home sales in Anne Arundel County increased faster than sales anywhere else in the metropolitan area.
Sales were particularly strong among first-time homebuyers, said Jean Andrews, an agent for Champion Realty in Severna Park. She said buyers were especially plentiful for homes in the $120,000 to $140,000 range.
She noted that split foyers and ranch houses in Severna Park have been especially strong in the market.
Home sales in Anne Arundel County jumped 15 percent in June, compared to the same month last year. Sales were also strong in Harford County, up 7 percent, but in Baltimore City, they were unchanged.
Sales fell 1 percent in Carroll County, 4 percent in Howard County, and 11 percent in Baltimore County.
Some good news, though. Pending sales -- contracts placed on homes -- were up significantly in all jurisdictions: Carroll County, 56 percent; Baltimore County, 30 percent; Howard County, 27 percent; Anne Arundel County, 15 percent; Harford County, 14 percent; and Baltimore City, 9 percent.
Pending sales usually are a leading indicator of actual sales two or three months ahead.
Sales figures for Anne Arundel are provided by the Maryland Association of Realtors. The other figures are from the Greater Baltimore Board of realtors.