While down overall for the year, several Whatcom County communities were busy with property transactions in December.
Last month 165 properties were sold in Bellingham, up 33 percent compared to December 2008, according to data from First American Title in Bellingham. Total property sales include residential, industrial, commercial and undeveloped land.
For 2009, Bellingham had 1,806 property sales, down 9.7 percent compared to 2008.
Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine totaled 156 property transactions in December, up from 107 in December 2008. For the year, those three communities had 1,651 property sales, down 7.6 percent compared to 2008.