Whereas most Wisconsin counties had fewer home sales last month than it did in September 2017, Eau Claire County saw a very slight uptick.

Statewide, home sales were down 12 percent in September when compared with the same month a year ago.

“While September sales were down, this may have been an aberration following a strong August,” Jean Stefaniak, chairman of the Wisconsin Realtors Association, said in a news release Monday.

The number of home sales was 5.5 percent higher in August than it was a year prior.

Eau Claire County, however, was about level for both the past two months when compared with the same ones in 2017.

Last month there were 133 homes sold in the county — three more than September 2017. There were 146 homes sold during August in the county — two fewer than the same month in 2017.

As has been the case all year, Stefaniak noted how a shortage of homes on the market has led median prices to grow and is slowing down the number of sales.

Year-to-date, sales are down 2.7 percent in Wisconsin while the median price of a home has grown to $184,900 — $11,900 more than the same time last year.

Sales are down 3.4 percent so far this year in Eau Claire County and the median price of homes sold is $177,700 — $6,700 higher than a year ago.