Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors en Home sales cool in February <p>You can blame the winter weather for last month's slowdown in the housing market.&nbsp; <strong>Home sales in Ohio were off 4.3 percent compared to a year ago </strong>when the weather wasn't as harsh.&nbsp; It was the second consecutive month statewide closings dropped.<br /><br />“A survey of the state’s real estate professionals conducted during the month found that two-thirds of respondents indicated that the cold, snowy conditions resulted in a marked decline in home buying activity," said Chris Hall, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors, in a statement.<br /> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:53:57 +0000 Mark Heyne 24475 at Home sales cool in February It was a strong year for local housing market <p>Area realtors say 2013 ended on a high note for home sales.&nbsp; The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors is reporting December closings rose 14.2 percent compared to a year earlier.&nbsp; For the entire year, sales increased 20.84 percent.&nbsp; The average home price rose 5.75 percent last year to $165,037. &nbsp;<br /><br />"The Greater Cincinnati Housing Market continues to improve at a moderate rate," said Ken Parchman, President of the CABR, in a statement.&nbsp; "Our low inventory coupled with relatively low interest rates and stronger demand pushed the average price higher." Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:47:22 +0000 Mark Heyne 22181 at 2012 good year for local home sales <p>Home sales in Cincinnati ended last year at the highest level since 2007.&nbsp; The Area Board of Realtors says closings were up 12 percent from 2011.&nbsp; December home sales rose more than 5 percent compared to the same month a year ago.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:43:03 +0000 Mark Heyne 8295 at 2012 good year for local home sales