TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's housing market gets off to a fast start in 2013 with more home sales, pending sales and higher prices.
The latest report from Florida Realtors shows the statewide median price for a house is $153,000. That's up more than 13 percent compared to last year.
Home sales jumped 10 percent in the first quarter, while pending sales soared 27 percent.
And homes are selling faster. The report finds houses and condos are on the market about 60 days before they sell.
Vani Ungapen of Florida Realtors said look for home prices to continue to climb through next year.
"Prices have been going up since 2009 gradually. It's been steady growth so we've been telling everyone this is a great time to buy if you're looking to buy a home and you want it to be at the right price. This is it."
Ungapen said Florida's housing market is improving because of a growth in jobs and population.
Interest rates remain very low. The average 30-year mortgage is 3.5 percent.