Sales of homes on the Big Island rose last month, with the number of condominiums sold jumping by 40 percent, even as prices dropped by 20 percent, compared to the same month last year, according to statistics provided by Hawaii Information Service on behalf of Hawaii Island Realtors.

There were 93 condo units sold on the Big Island in May, an increase of 40.9 percent from 66 units sold last year. The median price of a condo on the Big Island, however, dropped 19.6 percent to $273,000, from $339,500…

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