Here's how home sales played out in the three-county region last month. Numbers are preliminary and don't include some sales beyond county lines but still counted as being within the Charleston market.

Charleston County

Sales increased 15 percent compared with the same month last year, and prices rose 5 percent. There were 370 sales at a median price of $253,145.

Berkeley County

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149 sales at a median price of $177,990 reflect a 19 percent rise in sales and a 3% rise in prices.

Dorchester County

In August, 133 residential properties were sold at a median price of $165,000 -- a 20 percent drop in sales and a 3 percent drop in price.