HOUSTON (Houston Business Journal) – Area home prices hit a seven-month high in April amid the area’s 20th consecutive monthly fall in the number of single-family home sales.

The average sale price of a single-family home slipped 5.8 percent in April to $194,222 from $206,239 in April 2008, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. However, the figure is at its highest level since September.

Additionally, demand for single-family rentals increased again last month.