LITTLE ROCK — Homes sales in Arkansas fell 6 percent in December while the average price of a home rose for the fourth straight month, the Arkansas Realtors Association reported Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK — Homes sales in Arkansas fell 6 percent in December while the average price of a home rose for the fourth straight month, the Arkansas Realtors Association reported Thursday.

The association said 1,785 homes sold in the state last month, compared to 1,903 in December 2010, while the average price of a home rose more than 2 percent to $147,795 compared to $144,842 a year ago.

“We find these to be very encouraging numbers and early signs of a possible recovery in the housing market,” said Amy Glover Bryant, spokeswoman for the association. “What is important to sustain this recovery are continuing low mortgage interest rates, job creation and a renaissance in Americans’ belief that the American Dream of home ownership is still possible for them.”

Pulaski had the highest number of homes sold in December with 296, followed by Benton County with 267, Washington County with 138, Craighed County with 104 and Garland County with 101. Ninety homes sold in Sebastian County last month and 20 in Jefferson County.

The average home prices for the month were highest in Pulaski County at $181,720; Benton County, $177,260; Garland County, $173,840; Saline County, $165,910; and Washington County, $157,898.

The average price of homes sold in Sebastian County was $130,869 in December. The average price in Jefferson County was $56,452.