The median price of a single-family home in Riverside County edged higher last month, while sales of existing homes surged, the California Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.

The median home price countywide in March was $398,000, compared to $396,250 in February, representing a roughly half percent increase, according to CAR.

On a year-over-year level, the price was about 6 percent higher; in March 2017, the median price of an existing single-family dwelling was $375,000, according to CAR data.

Statewide, the median price last month was $564,831, compared to $522,440 in February — up 8 percent. In March 2018, the median price was $518,600, reflecting a year-over-year gain totaling 9 percent.

The median represents the point at which half of homes sell above a price, and the other half below it.

Last month, home sales countywide jumped 35 percent. However, they were down 9 percent year-to-year, according to CAR.

The association’s Unsold Inventory Index for March indicated that the median time a property was on the market before it sold in California was 16 days. In Riverside County, it was 28 days.

The average price per square foot for an existing single-family home in California last month was $276 — $11 more than in February and $21 more than a year ago.

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