LITTLE ROCK — The number of homes sold in Arkansas in January increased by 11.6 percent compared to a year ago, and the average price of homes sold decreased by 2.7 percent, the Arkansas Realtors Association reported Thursday.

The association said 1,448 homes sold in the 43-county area it surveyed in January, up from 1,297 in January 2012. The average price of a home was $144,471, down from $148,428 a year earlier.

Pulaski County had the most homes sold in January with 238, followed by Benton County with 223, Washington County with 157, Faulkner County with 97 and Saline County with 88.

Fifty homes were sold in Sebastian County and 24 were sold in Jefferson County.

The average home prices for the month were highest in Benton County at $175,690, followed by Pulaski County at $169,606, Columbia County at $160,416, Cleburne County at $155,907 and Washington County at $154,488.

The average home price was $123,823 in in Sebastian County and $116,762 in Jefferson County.