Kansas home sales rose by 4.6 percent in April 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released by the Kansas Association of REALTORS®. Sales totaled 3,438 units in April, up from 3,288 units in 2015. In comparison, sales on a national level rose by 6.0 percent for the month.

"The inventory of homes available for sale continues to tighten" said KAR president, Deborah McMullen with McGrew Real Estate in Lawrence. "The 3.5 months supply at the end of last was the lowest ever seen in April".

Across the state there were 12,094 active listings at the end of the month. Supply of new and existing homes on the market  hich is determined by taking the number of active listings and dividing by the number of sales represents 3.5 months.

The statewide average sale price last month was $190,477, compared to $196,354 in April 2015. This represents a decrease of -3.0 percent. The statewide median sale price last month was $159,900, compared to $154,250 for the same period last year. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the median home price in the Midwest rose by 7.7 percent to $184,200. The national median existing home price was $232,500, which is 6.3 percent above last years figure. The median price is the value for which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate on a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage last week was 4.01 percent.