LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Officials say homes sales for the first six months of this year were down 3 percent in Lafayette Parish. But strong sales in surrounding areas pushed the region as a whole about 1 percent over last year's numbers.

The Advocate reports homes sales in Lafayette Parish from January to June were at 1,555, down from the 1,606 sales reported for the first six months of 2013, which was a record year for the local real estate market.

But sales in parishes surrounding Lafayette were up nearly 12 percent, raising total sales for the Acadiana region to 2,349, just over the 2,316 sales reported for Acadiana in the first six months of 2013. That's according to the analysis by Van Eaton & Romero Chief Executive Officer Bill Bacqué.

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