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Posted August 9, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, Aug. 9, 2021: New single-family home permits in Southwest Ohio continued into historic territory in June, even though there was a slight decrease, reported the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA). For the first half of the year, all four Southwest Ohio counties tracked by the HBA experienced double-digit growth.

Overall, the Southwest Ohio region had a 32.8% increase in single-family permits YTD through June, compared to a 34.5% increase in May and a 33.1% increase in April.

Clermont County again led all tracked jurisdictions, with a 52.3% increase, followed by Butler County's 40.1% increase. Warren County was up by 29.5%, and Hamilton County permits increased by 16.3%.

A total of 1,954 single-family permits were issued through June of this year, compared to 1,471 in 2020, representing a 32.8% increase for the first half of the year. This is the first time in over a decade that all counties experienced a double-digit increase in single-family permits.

"In the first half of this year, the market was on fire," said Dan Dressman, executive director of the HBA. "Lumber and other material cost increases have cooled down the building process, but now that prices are beginning to soften, we expect an uptick in new activity," he added.

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

  1. Liberty Township (Butler Co.) – 142
  2. Deerfield Township (Warren Co.) – 108
  3. City of Mason (Warren Co.) – 107
  4. Hamilton Township (Warren Co.) – 106
  5. City of Middletown (Warren Co.) – 98
  6. Miami Township (Clermont Co.) – 90
  7. City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) – 86
  8. West Chester Township (Butler Co.) – 75
  9. Turtle Creek Township (Warren Co.) – 73
  10. City of Harrison (Hamilton Co.) - 69

Below are the number of single-family permits issued in the four-county Southwest Ohio area through June 2021, compared to June 2020.

County 2021 2020 % Change (through June)
Butler 409 292 +40.1%
Clermont 393 258 +52.3%
Hamilton 357 307 +16.3%
Warren 795 614 +29.5%
Total 1,954 1,471 +32.8%


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.