Fresh evidence of the newfound strength in the middle-American housing market has surfaced in St. Louis.

Through the first three months of the year, the number of homes sold in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, plus St. Louis, was up 8 percent — to 4,768 — from 4,405 in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Mid America Regional Information Systems. The quarterly figure is preliminary.

In addition, the 4,402 homes and condos under contract indicate the likelihood of strong sales this month, given that 2,179 residences sold last April.

“We are crazy busy with sales and as I can see and hear, so is everyone else,” said Bob Bax, a broker and co-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in St. Louis.

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