Local real estate sales were up and prices were down in 2013, as buyers percent compared to the year prior, and up 27 percent compared to 2011. Yet the median sold price dropped for the second consecutive year, down 10.4% from 2011, and stood at a seven-year low. Interest in selling remained high. New listings increased by 13 percent year over year. Jerry Starnes, 2013 President of the High Country Association of Realtors, said,