McHenry County home sales started 2013 up 28.2 percent compared to January 2012.
The median sales price for all properties in McHenry County dropped 5.8 percent to $127,000.
Home sales increased 33 percent in Kane County and 30 percent in Lake County. Median prices were up 5.7 percent to $129,950 in Kane and down 3.7 percent to $139,580 in Lake.
Statewide, home sales increased 31 percent over previous-year levels in January and median prices increased 1.2 percent, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in January totaled 8,502 homes sold, up from 6,484 in January 2012.
The statewide median price in January was $125,000, up 1.2 percent from January 2012 when the median price was $123,500. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.