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Housing News: New Home Permits Rose 15.7% in 2020

Posted March 4, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, March 2, 2021:

New single-family home permits in Southwest Ohio were up a record-setting 15.7% last year, reported the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA). Overall, single-family permits experienced double-digit increases in all four Southwest Ohio counties through December. This report is the highest regional increase in over a decade, reported the HBA.

For the first time since permits were culled, Clermont County had the largest overall increase of 23.8%, followed by Butler County, with a 20.4% increase. Warren County was up by 13.7%, and Hamilton County permits increased by 7.9%.

A total of 3,334 single-family permits were issued through December, compared to 2,891 in 2019, representing a 15.7% increase for the year.

“Despite the pandemic, new home starts and sales were extremely brisk throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, said Dan Dressman, HBA Executive Director. “We already see indicators that the momentum will continue at a minimum throughout the first half of 2021,” he added.

The top ten markets in the four-county Southwest Ohio region for single-family home permits for 2020 were as follows.

  1. Deerfield Township (Warren Co.) --344
  2. Liberty Township (Butler Co.) – 308
  3. Miami Township (Clermont Co.) – 184
  4. Hamilton Township (Warren Co.) – 172
  5. City of Harrison (Hamilton Co.) – 148
  6. City of Middletown (Warren Co.) – 139
  7. Batavia Township (Clermont Co.) – 120
  8. City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) – 110
  9. City of South Lebanon (Warren Co.) - 100
  10. Turtle Creek Township (Warren Co.) – 94

Below are the number of single-family permits issued in the four-county area through December 2020, compared to December 2019.

County 2020 2019 % Change (through December)
*Butler 719 597 +20.4%
*Clermont 630 509 +23.8%
*Hamilton 639 592 +7.9%
*Warren 1352 1193 +13.8%
Total 3,344 2,891 +15.7%

Chart Dec 2020

Muncipal Dec 2020

County Dec 2020


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The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, established in 1934, represents residential construction interests in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Ross, and Warren counties in Southwest Ohio.