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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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In April 2023, 964 new properties came on the market and 723 homes exchanged hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). 

“Since the beginning of 2023 we’ve been noticing steady month-over-month increases in the number of home sales and prices, which indicate that the property demand and the housing supply issue are still there. Both of these are also demonstrated by the sales-to-new-listings ratio, which sky-rocketed in April, and by the dwindling housing inventory," said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller.

The overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire London-St. Thomas area climbed from 63.5% in March to 75% in April, while the inventory plunged from 2 months in March to only 1.8 in April.

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In March 2023, only 1,079 new residential listings were posted on the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). This makes last month the March with the third lowest number of new listings in the last decade.

The number of residential transactions for the month stood at 685, thus marking the lowest number of home sales seen by LSTAR in March since 2014. The overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire jurisdiction of LSTAR jumped to 63.5%, and the inventory fell from 3 months in February to only 2 in March. 

"The market downturn caused by the rising borrowing costs has created a window of opportunity for buyers to enter the market at a potentially lower price point, but the lack of inventory remains a concern.…

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In February 2023, the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) recorded only 436 residential transactions, thus marking the lowest number of February home sales seen by LSTAR since 1995.

Despite the sluggish sales, 761 new listings entered the market during the same time frame, bringing the number of active listings to 1,320 by month-end. The overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire jurisdiction of LSTAR was 57.3%.

Compared to February 2022, both the overall average home price and the composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price were significantly lower, down 24.2% and 25.1%, respectively. Despite this, both metrics saw a modest month-over-month growth. LSTAR's overall average home price was…

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