The Ocala Star Banner reports that in

“October home sales in Marion County increased by 6.8 percent from the same month last year, according to data released Thursday by the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors.”

The report shows 489 closed sales in the Ocala and surrounding Marion County areas in October, up from 458 a year ago. Meanwhile, the median sale price was $106,000, up 3.7 percent from $102,250.

“You look at the average sales price and the median sales price, and there’s a little creeping going on right now,” said Randall Alvord, 2014 president of the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors. “It’s pulling a lot of people off the fence as far as trying to get stuff closed before the end of the year.”

“Inventory’s being reduced,” he added. “That’s nationwide, not just locally. If you’re going to buy, buy now…READ MORE at