Home Sales in Mass. Make Sharp Jump

House-For SaleBOSTON (AP) — The number of single-family homes sold in Massachusetts was up about 20 percent last month when compared to the previous July, according to two organizations that track the market.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors announced Thursday that the number of homes sold was up more than 20 percent year over year, and the volume of homes sold was the most in a single month since July 2004.

The Boston-based Warren Group, a publisher of real estate data, reports an 18 percent jump in sales compared with July 2012, and said it was the highest sales volume for any month since June 2006.

The organizations use slightly different methods in their calculations.

Both organizations reported an increase in median prices: 10 percent by The Warren Group and almost 8 percent by the Realtors.