Builders throughout southwest Ohio have been busy this year, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA) predicts no slowdown through the summer.
Single-family home permits were up by more than 18 percent for Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties from January through May when compared to the same time period for 2015, according to an HBA news release.
Butler County experienced the biggest percentage gain at a 25.1 percent increase. Liberty Township led all local jurisdictions with 115 new home permits. The county issued a total of 264 single-family permits during this period, compared to 211 in 2015.
Hamilton County registered a 20.7 percent increase, with 233 total permits, compared to 119 in 2015. Warren County continues to lead the region with a total of 394 single-family permits, posting a 13.9 percent increase. Clermont County also continued to demonstrate momentum, registering a 13.4 percent increase, with 135 permits.
The top 10 markets for single-family home permits through May were:
- Liberty Township (Butler Co.) - 115
- Hamilton Township (Warren Co.) - 99
- Clearcreek Township (Warren Co.) - 64
- City of Mason (Warren Co.) - 54
- West Chester Township (Butler Co.) - 46
- City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) - 43
- Deerfield Township (Warren Co.) - 39
- Union Township (Clermont Co.) - 38
- Colerain Township (Hamilton Co.) - 34
- Fairfield Township (Butler Co.) - 32
Turtlecreek Township (Warren Co.) - 32
Altogether, there were a total of 1,026 single-family permits issued through May in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties, compared to 869 in 2015.
“Builders are building and buyers are buying which is the perfect combination," said Dan Dressman, HBA executive director, in a news release. "However, shortages of buildable lots and skilled construction workers is slowing down the overall process. It’s taking longer to get from the starting point to the finish line.”
The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, established in 1934, represents residential construction interests in Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.