Strong Homes Sales in February

652 homes sold in February, up 21.9% over February 2015. "That makes last month the best February since 2008!" says Stacey Evoy, 2016 President of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®, adding, by way of caveat, "This being a Leap Year, however, we had an extra day in which 39 sales took place, so, in order to make a meaningful comparison with February 2015, we have to factor that in." Year-to-Date home sales are up 9.6%.

1,146 homes were listed in February, down 2.7%, and Active Listings End of Period – or inventory – was down 19.1%. "According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's forecast, sales are expected to grow more than new listings in 2016," says Evoy. "If you're thinking of putting your home on the market, this would be a great time to do that."

55 homes sold in St. Thomas in February, up 1.9% over last year. The average price of a home in St. Thomas so far in 2016 stands at $209,849 down 3.2%.

The best-selling house style in LSTAR's jurisdiction for February 2016 was the two-storey, then the bungalow, followed by ranches, then townhouse condominiums, then high rise apartment condos. The average price for a detached home Year to Date stood at $289,572 - up 2.6%, while the average price for a condo over the same period stood at $191,940, up 1.1%. The average price of all homes sold through LSTAR's MLS® Year to Date stood at $271,018 - up 2.5%.

House Style Units Sold Average Price
2 storey 187 $374,923
Bungalow 113 $217,943
Ranch 64 $314,278
Townhouse 64 $159,801
High rise apt. condo 33 $194,109

The following table, based on data taken from CREA's National MLS® Report for January 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR's jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.

City Average Sale Price
Vancover $1,052,613
Fraser Valley $679,787
Toronto $655,884
Victoria $527,079
Hamilton-Burlington $456,684
Calgary $455,270
Montreal $367,657
Saskatoon $362,707
Ottawa $361,302
Edmonton $348,029
Regina $347,186
Kitchener-Waterloo $322,051
London St. Thomas $271,0181
Canada $470,913

According to recent research conducted by the Altus Group, one job is created for every three real estate transactions and approximately $55,000 in ancillary spending is generated every time a house changes hands in Ontario. "That means February home sales in LSTAR's jurisdiction spun approximately $25,860,000 into our local economy and created approximately 217 jobs,” says Evoy. "Here, at LSTAR, we're very proud about the vital role real estate plays in ensuring the prosperity of our community."

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1Average price in February 2016