Home sales in the Charleston metro area have been rising so far this year, and April was no exception, according to a report released today.

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors reported that 3,472 homes have sold in the tri-county region through April, up 18 percent from the same period in 2012. The area’s median price also ticked up to $191,275, officials said.

The local housing market is getting help from low mortgage rates and lower home prices compared with past years, though both are edging higher.

Check Saturday’s edition of The Post & Courier for more details.