King County saw a nearly 14 percent increase in closed sales for July compared to a year earlier, while prices were down 12.5 percent.

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Home sales were up last month in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, even as median prices continued to fall.

In King County, buyers closed on 1,678 houses in July, up nearly 14 percent from a year ago. Snohomish County saw a similar rise of about 12.5 percent, with buyers closing on 706 homes.

In Pierce County, closings jumped the most: a 25.5 percent increase to 792 closed sales last month.

Median home prices, however, continued to fall in all three counties.

Snohomish County saw the steepest decline with a 15.8 percent drop year-over-year to $239,949. Home prices in King County were down 12.5 percent from $399,000 in July of 2010 to $350,000 last month.

Pierce County saw the smallest drop in home prices with an 11.6 percent decline. its median home prices were $225,000 in July of last year, compared with $198,950 last month.

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