Despite a shaky start to the year, home sales in Houston are on a record-setting pace, reports Realty News Report, which says that single-family homes sales are running ahead of last year.

Even though the area continues to suffer oil-related layoffs, not only sales but also median prices are up, a good sign for the area.

The single-family home median price—the midpoint at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less—rose 4.8 percent to $219,990. That is the highest median price ever for a September. The average price increased 2.4 percent to $277,849, which is also a September high. In September, homes priced from $250,000 to $500,000 showed the most strength, HAR reports.

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