Sales of existing homes rose slightly in December, helping the metro Milwaukee housing market to its best performance in 12 years.

A report Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors showed 1,392 closings took place last month in the four-county metro area, compared with 1,371 in December 2016.

For the full year, sales of existing homes totaled 21,357 in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, a gain of 1.7% over the 2016 total of 21,007

The 2017 sales marked the most in a year since 21,642 sales were recorded during the housing boom year of 2005.

At the same time, the average price for homes purchased in 2017 rose in all four counties.

Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.