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In April, 710 homes exchanged hands via the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) MLS® System, a slight decrease of 2.9% compared to the same month a year ago. Year to date, there have been 2,381 total sales, up 6.1% from the first four months of 2023.

“More new listings came on the market in April, which continues to show a marketplace with some balance between buyers and sellers," said 2024 LSTAR Chair Kathy Amess. “We saw 1,425 new listings, up 43.8% over the previous year, with an overall sales-to-new listing ratio of 52%. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), a ratio between 40% and 60% is generally consistent with a balanced market.”

The average sales price in April was $656,037, slightly down 1.5% compared…

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636 homes were sold last month via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 11.3% less than in March 2023. The number of newly listed properties surged from 1,024 in February to 1,233 in March, marking an 11.8% increase over a year ago.

“For LSTAR, this was the March with the lowest number of home sales in the last decade, partly because of the statutory holiday Good Friday, which fell at the end of the month this year, and not in April, as usual," said 2024 LSTAR Chair Kathy Amess. “However, the number of new listings was in line with the Association’s ten-year average for the month of March,” she pointed out.

Out of the 636 homes exchanging hands in March in LSTAR’s jurisdiction, 449 were single-family homes,…

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594 homes exchanged hands last month via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), marking a 33.2% increase in sales activity over February 2023. The number of newly listed properties rose from 873 in January to 1,024 in February, showing a 31.8% increase over a year ago.

“While the number of home sales remained on par with LSTAR’s 10-year-average for February, the number of newly listed properties soared to new heights, reaching its second highest value for that month," said 2024 LSTAR Chair Kathy Amess. “Many of the Sellers who chose to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ approach in the last months of 2023 were encouraged by the fact that the Bank of Canada decided once again not to increase its benchmark rates,” she…

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439 residential transactions were recorded last month via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 28.7% more than in January 2023. The number of newly listed properties climbed from 386 in December 2023 to 873 in January 2024.

“The number of home sales is consistent with LSTAR’s 10-year-average for January, but the jump in newly listed properties is significant.  In January we saw the third highest number of new listings for that month," said 2024 LSTAR Chair Kathy Amess.

Out of the 439 properties sold in January, 329 were single-family homes, 74 were townhouses, and 31 – apartments. January’s average price for a single-family home in LSTAR’s jurisdiction sat at $660,686, while that of a townhouse settled at…

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Last month 335 homes exchanged hands via the MLS® System of the London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), bringing the total number of residential properties sold in 2023 in our area to 6,717. 

"2023 was the year with the lowermost number of units sold in LSTAR’s jurisdiction since we entered the new millennium," said 2023 LSTAR Chair Adam Miller. "This record low was caused by the high borrowing costs, which are weighing down heavily on the local consumers’ buying power," he added.

Out of the 335 properties sold in December, 248 were single-family homes, 58 were townhouses, and 27 – apartments. “In 2023, LSTAR Members sold 5,006 single-family homes, 1,078 townhouses, and 552 apartments,” Miller emphasized.

The number of newly listed…

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421 homes were sold last month via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 8.9% less than in November 2022.

“While housing demand is exceptionally high throughout our region and the entire country, the resale data from November appears to indicate that this demand may not be reflected by the activity in the local real estate market for the remainder of this year, and possibly not until spring 2024," explained 2023 LSTAR Chair Adam Miller. "The resurgence in activity we witnessed this past spring could serve as a preview of what to expect next year. The determining factors will include whether the Bank of Canada finds it necessary to raise interest rates again or if, by next March, it becomes a matter of when we'll…

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488 homes exchanged hands in October 2023 via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 2.45% more than during the previous month, but 0.5% less than a year ago. The number of new listings climbed to 1,232, which marks a record high for the month of October.

Housing supply stayed virtually unchanged from last month, decreasing only very slightly from 4.4 months in September to 4.3 months in October.

"Amid healthier inventory levels, modest sales, and a surge in new listings, it appears the local housing market is leaning in favour of homebuyers. The scales are tilting, offering buyers greater opportunities,” said Adam Miller, 2023 Chair of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). "This was also…

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In July 2023, 640 homes were sold via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 19.6% more than in the seventh month of last year. The local housing supply increased from 2.2 months of inventory in June to 2.9 months in July. During the same period, 1,333 new listings came on the market, up by 8.2% over 2022. “In July 2023, LSTAR’s overall sales-to-new-listings ratio sat at 48%, indicating a fairly balanced market,” said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller.

“The higher borrowing costs triggered by Bank of Canada’s latest hike in its benchmark interest rate barely put a dent in July’s home sales and prices,” Miller noted. “This speaks not only to the local market’s appeal and resilience, but also to the huge demand for…

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The local housing market continued its steady streak in June, with 745 homes exchanging hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). Housing supply increased from 1.7 months of inventory in May to 2.2 months of inventory in June, showing signs of market stabilization. 

“The sales activity in June is consistent with the activity from the last several months,” said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller. “This happened despite another interest rate hike last month. Halfway through the year, the sales demonstrate the strong demand for homes across the region, which is very encouraging.” 

The table below highlights home sales, average home prices and benchmark prices in LSTAR’s jurisdiction over the past four…

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In May 2023, 1,397 new listings came on the local market and 846 homes exchanged hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). While the number of new listings is 23.9% lower than in May 2022, the number of sales is 1.3% higher than a year ago.

LSTAR's overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire area stood at 60.6% last month. Moreover, the inventory continued to decline, dwindling from 1.8 months in April to a mere 1.7 months in May.

"The month-over-month increases in home sales and prices continued in May in LSTAR's jurisdiction, thus indicating a further rebound of the local real estate market," said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller. "Throughout the last three months of 2023, an upward trajectory…

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