LITTLE ROCK — Statewide home sales rose for the fifth straight month in November, up 8.92 percent compared to the same month a year ago, the Arkansas Realtors Association reported Wednesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Statewide home sales rose for the fifth straight month in November, up 8.92 percent compared to the same month a year ago, the Arkansas Realtors Association reported Wednesday.

In Jefferson County, 22 homes were sold in November, compared to 19 in Novemeber 2010, according to the report. For the year to date, 343 homes have been sold in Jefferson County, compared to 359 by the same month in 2010, a 4.46 percent decrease.

Statewide, 1,759 homes were sold in Novemeber compared to 1,615 homes sold in November 2010, the association said in its monthly report.

The average price of a home in the state was $150,781, up 3.11 percent from $146,233 a year ago. The average price of a home sold in Jefferson County was $110,411.

“These numbers are an outstanding sign that home buyers in Arkansas are growing in confidence and are taking advantage of the buyer’s market that continues to exist,” association spokeswoman Amy Glover Bryant said, adding that there appears to be renewed faith that the economy is on an upswing.

“Our optimism about the housing market continues to grow,” she said.

Pulaski County led the state with 283 homes sold during the month, followed by Benton County with 248, Washington County with 147 and Saline and Craighead counties with 101 each.

Eighty-nine homes sold in Sebastian County in November.

The average price of homes sold was highest in Garland County at $219,406, followed by Pulaski County at $187,648, Cleburne County at $184,832, Washington County at $171,463 and Benton County at $167,638.

The average price of homes sold in Sebastian County was $155,392.

The number of homes sold in the state the first 11 months of the year was 22,267, down 0.38 percent from 22,353 in the first 11 months of 2010.