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The number of houses sold in metro Denver last year crept up 1.5 percent compared to 2010, but prices were down, according to data released today.

Last year, a total of 39,387 homes sold, compared with 38,818 in 2010.

The median price of a home dropped 2.13 percent to $230,000, compared with $235,000 in 2010.

The number of homes on the market in December plunged 33.6 percent to 12,531, compared to 18,868 in December 2010.

Margaret Jackson: 303-954-1473 or mjackson@denverpost.com