April home sales in Arkansas fell 10 percent from the same month last year, while average prices rose 8 percent, while residential sales in Jefferson County were up 28 percent last month, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

April home sales in Arkansas fell 10 percent from the same month last year, while average prices rose 8 percent, while residential sales in Jefferson County were up 28 percent last month, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

Thirty-five new and existing houses were sold in Jefferson County in April, compared to 28 in April 2011. The value of the 35 totaled $3.01 million, up from $2.82 million during the same month last year. Year-to date sales in the county rose 1.02 percent over the first four months of 2011.

Grant County logged eight sales last month, down 20 percent from the 10 sold in April 2011. Year-to-date sales were down 3.33 percent.

The value of sales for the first fourth months of the year totaled $1.12 million, down 18.6 percent from $1.38 million sold during the same period last year.

Ashley County recorded two sales in April, off 50 percent from four listed in April last year. The county had nine sales year-to-date, off 35 percent from 14 during the same period in 2011.

The average price of the homes sold in the 43-county area the association surveys increased from $138,642 in April 2011 to $150,153 in April 2012. The average price of homes sold in Arkansas County in April rose to $124,375 from $118,741; $172,250 in Ashley from $103,875; $140,487 in Grant to $138,110; and dropped 11.6 percent in Jefferson from $97,555 in April 2011 to $86,224 last month.