Cincinnati ranks as one of the best cities for first-time home buyers. (Photo: File photo)

Greater Cincinnati home sales were sizzling hot even as the weather began to cool in September, setting a record for most units sold in the month, the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reported Thursday.

“The real estate market in Cincinnati is crazy busy,” Kelly Meyer, president of the local board of Realtors told The Enquirer. “We are in unique times with such a pent-up demand for housing.”

September sales surged 21% from the same month a year ago to 2,582 units sold, according to the board of Realtors most recent report, which covers a half-dozen counties in Southwestern Ohio and two counties in Southeast Indiana.

Local home sales for September even outpaced the healthy 18% statewide jump in home sales compared to the same month last year, according to Ohio Realtors monthly report.