as 2017 enters its final month, year-to-date home sales achieve lstar record

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced 637 homes exchanged hands last month, down 13.6% from the same time a year ago. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales are up 9.1%, with a total of 10,790 homes sold, marking 2017 as the year with the highest number of residential sales since LSTAR began tracking data in 1978, with one more month to go.

"This historic milestone reflects the incredible year we've had in residential real estate across the region," said Jim Smith, 2017 LSTAR President. "The activity in the final quarter of the year echoes what's happening nationally, according to the latest report from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), who expect positive momentum to continue in December."

In November, the average sales price across London and St. Thomas was $322,303, up 11.6% from the same time a year ago. The average year-to-date sales price is $330,039, up 18.0% from November 2016.

"In November, average home sales price was up across the region," Smith said. "In London South, the average home sales price was $344,010, up 16.6% compared to a year ago, while in London East, it was $255,518, up 7.9% from November 2016. In London North, average home sales price was $383,147, up 9.9% compared to this time last year, while in St. Thomas it was $260,763, up 19.4% compared to a year ago."

In November, there were 716 listings, down 9.3% from the same time in 2016. St. Thomas saw a total of 55 homes sold, down 14.1% from the same time last year. Year-to-date home sales in St. Thomas are at 874 homes sold, up 10.1% from 2016.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for October 2017 (the latest CREA 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 October 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 monthly total for November, that translates into creating approximately 212 jobs and positioning us to potentially generate more than $33 million back into the local economy,” Smith said.

*These statistics are prepared for LSTAR by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and represent a data snapshot taken on December 1, 2017, based on reported sales activity between November 1 and 30, 2017.

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