Homes sales finished strong in December, helping 2012 mark the largest number of homes sold since before the housing crisis, the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors said today.

The groupís preliminary monthly report released today said 894 homes changed hands in December at a median price of $200,000.

In 2012, 10,574 homes sold at a median price of $190,065, marking the first time more than 10,000 homes were sold in a year since 2007, the association reported.

The groupís latest sales report marks the 14th consecutive month of climbing home sales in the region, which includes Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Lower home prices and mortgage rates -- compared to years ago -- continue to push buyers to the closing table.