Home Sales Achieve Another Monthly Record in April

The London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced another record month for residential sales in April, with a total of 1,220 homes sold, an increase of 14.2% over the same period last year. This represents the best results ever for April, since LSTAR began tracking sales data in 1978.

"Since the beginning of the year, every month has achieved record sales. After the first four months, we're about 25 percent ahead in home sales compared to 2016," said Jim Smith, LSTAR President. "It just shows how desirable the region is, when you consider affordability, accessibility and lifestyle. London and St. Thomas have so many features that make them attractive destinations to live, work, raise families and retire. We've got farm-to-table restaurants, London Knights hockey, big-name concerts and culture, such as the North American Railway Hall of Fame and the Grand Theatre."

In April, a total of 971 detached homes were sold, an increase of 11.7% over the previous year, while there were 249 condominium sales, up 25.1% from 2016. The average sales price was $347,062 up 5.4% from the previous month. The average year-to-date sales price was $325,286 up 16.6% from 2016 average home price of $279,057.

"With this robust marketplace, it's a fantastic time to get in touch with a REALTOR®," Smith said. "With an increase in multiple offer situations, interest from outside of London and St. Thomas, and the regulatory requirements, a REALTOR® can help you manage the process every step of the way."

St. Thomas also had a very healthy April, with a total of 97 homes sold, up 12.8% from the same time last year. The average home price in St. Thomas was $270,439 up 9.3% from the previous month.

House Style Units Sold Average Price
2 storey 287 $506,988
Bungalow 119 $286,981
Ranch 114 $429,585
Townhouse 97 $204,960
High rise apt. condo 69 $200,007

The best-selling house style in April continues to be the two-storey, followed by the bungalow and ranch. The average price for a detached home in April was $372,461,  up 4.7% from the previous month, while the average price for a condominium was $248,020 up 14.5% from the previous month.

The following chart is based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association's (CREA) National MLS® Report for March 2017 (the latest statistics available). It provides a snapshot of how average home prices in London and St. Thomas compare to other major Ontario and Canadian centres.

Average home prices in Canada at the end of April 2017

According to a research report1, one job is created for every three real estate transactions and approximately $53,000 in ancillary spending is generated every time a home changes hands in Ontario. "Based on the record sales in April, that translates into creating potentially over 400 jobs and positioning us to potentially generate $64 million back into the local economy for London and St. Thomas," Smith said.

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1Economic Impacts of MLS® System Home Sales and Purchases in Canada and the Provinces, Altus Group Consulting, 2013