Cincinnati leads in region for new home permits this year

CINCINNATI - The burgeoning popularity of urban lifestyles is showing up in new home permits.

The city of Cincinnati led all other jurisdictions in the region in new home permits through November of this year, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.

A total of 550 single-family housing permits were issued in the city of Cincinnati through November, leading all other jurisdictions in Hamilton County, as well as Butler, Clermont and Warren counties.

Union Township in Clermont County was the next highest, with 241 single-family permits, followed by Liberty Township in Butler County with 134 and Warren County's Clearcreek Township with 120.

A total of 1,477 permits were issued in all four counties through November, compared to 1,451 in 2011- an overall increase of 1.8 percent.

Warren County led in overall permits with 492, followed by Butler County with 371, Clermont County with 322 and Hamilton with 292.

"This is really no surprise to many of us who are actively involved in housing," said Dan Dressman, the association's executive director. "We have seen a resurgence of interest in closer-in living, which is particularly attractive to young professionals and empty nesters."

Statistics for new home permitting reports are generated by NPG's Dataquest.

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