More than 2,000 homes sold in April, a 22.8-percent increase over the previous month and a 39.1-percent increase over April 2009, according to statistics released May 21 by the Columbus Board of Realtors.

More than 2,000 homes sold in April, a 22.8-percent increase over the previous month and a 39.1-percent increase over April 2009, according to statistics released May 21 by the Columbus Board of Realtors.

For the first four months of 2010, home sales were up 20.6 percent over the same period in 2009.

Homes sold in April for an average of $158,600, which is 6.2 percent higher than April 2009.

"Market activity in April was hectic, to say the least, as buyers were moving quickly to take advantage of the homebuyer tax credits, which expired April 30," said Sue Lusk-Gleich, president of the Columbus Board of Realtors. "However, we want to make sure that those who were actively serving in the military and foreign service can still take advantage of the tax credits."

The homebuyer tax credit remains in effect for an additional year for military personnel and foreign service employees deployed overseas for 90 days or more between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010.

They can still claim the credit if they sign a contract by April 30, 2011, and close by June 30, 2011.

A total of 4,713 homes were listed in April, bringing the total inventory of central Ohio homes for sale to 15,548.

"This level of inventory is exciting for those buyers looking for their first home as well as those interested in moving," Lusk-Gleich said. "With home prices inching back up and mortgage interest rates predicted to rise, those buyers should take advantage of the housing market quickly."

The Columbus Board of Realtors' multiple listing service serves Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties and parts of Champagne, Clark, Hocking, Licking, Fairfield, Knox, Logan, Marion and Ross counties.