In Portsmouth, sales reflected the regional trend – home sales were up, condo sales were down, only that home sales were way, way up in the city.

The city recorded 31 home sales totaling $18 million compared to 19 home sales last year totaling $8.8 million, a difference of 104 percent. Three homes sold for more than $1 million – on Currier’s Cove for $1.3 million, on Middle Street for $1.03 million, and on Marcy Street for $1.3 million.

There were 17 condo sales worth $9.1 million, down from the 21 units that sold for $13.7 million last year.

The town of Hampton experienced slight gains in houses and condos – 8.2 and 2.2 percent respectively. In Exeter, home sales dipped 53 percent while condo sales climbed 128.5 percent.

In Rockingham County as a whole, single-family sales were up 18.1 percent, while condo sales were up 14.7 percent, according to the August trends report from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR).

Like the Seacoast, like the county, the trending issue statewide is lack of inventory, as it has been for several months.

“Competition is expected to remain fierce for available listings,” the association said.

That competition is reflected in the days on market statistic provided by the NHAR. The days on market average for this August was 40 compared to 50 last year for houses. It was 52 versus 64 for condos.

The inventory issue was underscored by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency, which said in a September 2017 report that “inventory of homes for sale has decreased and in active markets the lack of inventory likely is slowing the pace of sales. While interest rates are still low, it is likely that they will slowly increase over the next year.”

The NHHFA added: “Potential entry-level homebuyers are contending with a low inventory of homes near employment opportunities. Their efforts to buy a home may be challenged by high student debt, stagnant wages, and stricter lending requirements for mortgages. And, young professionals and older individuals who are downsizing their households often are competing for similarly sized, priced and located houses and rental units.”