2021 Update on Home Sales by School District

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4 months of Cincinnati single-family home sales by school districts.

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Comparing single-family home sales in a variety of school districts across Cincinnati to the same timeframe last year. (January – April 2020 vs 2021)

House hunting by a school district is fairly common within the greater Cincinnati real estate market.  And COVID house hunting helped charge the market as some school districts returned to in-person learning.  Remember, many of the school districts cross over from one Multiple Listing area to another. For example, the Princeton School District covers Sharonville, Springdale, Evendale, Glendale, and even parts of West Chester.

Buyers often assume that all properties within certain neighborhoods are located in the same school district- but most school districts wrap around several communities.

If the school district is your primary concern make sure you and your agent search by the school district and not suburb codes.


The lack of homes for sale helped to drive prices even higher during the first 4 months of 2021.  The DOM (days on market) dropped quite a bit during 2021 to an average of 20 days. Compared to the same timeframe in 2020 when the average was 36 days- almost double.  

The table below compares single-family home sales for 2020 versus 2021.  Data on single-family homes pulled from the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati:

School District2020
# Sold
Average Sale Price2021
# Sold
Average Sale Price
Cincinnati Public982$219,6991087$262,046
Forest Hills172$321,129188$388,703
Oak Hills239$198,582229$228,089

Across the board, the average sale price is going up.  It’s difficult for some buyers to make a move.  Potential sellers afraid of having their property sold out from under them need to discuss strategies with their agents.  Work with your agent to finesse your way through a complicated and frustrating real estate market.

Every area and associated school district is unique.  Your Realtor® can provide a list of sale price ratios as well as absorption rates.