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Illustration: Trent Joaquin/Axios

August saw the highest number of monthly home sales in central Ohio history — 3,694 — according to a report from Columbus Realtors.

Why it matters: Many Columbus residents are being priced out of houses due to a lack of affordable options, an issue exacerbated by the nationwide pandemic housing boom.

  • Bidding wars above asking price have become the norm, not the exception.

By the numbers: To date, 2021 sales are more than 10% ahead of 2020.

  • The median price for a home is a record-high $275,000, up 13% from last year.
  • Homes are lasting an average of 11 days on the market.

Yes, but: The number of homes on the market is increasing — 24.4% higher than last year — which offers a small glimmer of hope for future prospective buyers.

Context: Columbus was listed as the 17th hottest market in the U.S. in August, according to a new report from realtor.com.

  • Columbus is the only Ohio city in the top 20, joined by seven other markets in the Midwest.

Go deeper

COVID's impact on Ohio education

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Ohio's K-12 school report cards were released Thursday, shining a spotlight on pandemic-related challenges that include spiking absenteeism and a significant drop in statewide test scores.

Why it matters: The state's annual reports provide families and taxpayers a snapshot of their district's academic achievement, spending and demographic data, while also shaping instructional decisions.

New-look Blue Jackets hit the ice

Hockey players chase the puck at a game at Nationwide Arena. Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Columbus Blue Jackets hit the ice for their 21st campaign with a season opener tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

Skating the news: Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm at Nationwide Arena.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
4 hours ago - Health

FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adults

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.