Skip to main content

LSTAR home sales on track for a record year

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 14:28

 

                                                       

 

 

LSTAR home sales on track for a record year

 

London, ON – In September 2021, the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) experienced another solid month, with 864 residential transactions recorded via its MLS® system. “This value, which represents the second-highest number of homes sold in the month of September in LSTAR’s jurisdiction since 1978, puts us on track for a record year. In the first nine months of this year, 8,756 homes traded hands in our area, which is an unprecedented total for our September year-to-date figures,” said 2021 LSTAR President Jack Lane.

 

1,057 new listings came on the local market last month, on par with the values seen in the pre-pandemic years. However, at the end of the month, there were only 628 active listings left - the lowest amount of active listings ever seen by LSTAR in September. “These figures show clearly that houses in our area are in very short supply. The shortage is also demonstrated by the very low number of months of inventory - 0.6, which indicates that, at the current sales pace, it would take only a  bit over two weeks to liquidate the entire existing housing inventory of LSTAR,” explained Lane.

 

Both benchmark and average sales prices continued to rise last month. In September, the overall average home price for LSTAR was $690,861, while the LSTAR composite MLS® HPI benchmark price sat at $596,400.

 

The following table shows how September’s average sales prices compare to the benchmark prices. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark price reflects the value of a “typical home” from a specific area as perceived by local home buyers based on various housing attributes. The average sales price is calculated by adding the sale prices for all the homes sold and dividing that total by the number of transactions. Since monthly averages may be skewed by the type of houses sold in that timeframe, the HPI benchmark price is a more accurate way to gauge price trends.

 

Area

September 2021 MLS® HPI Benchmark Price

September 2021 Average Price

Central Elgin

$620,600

$613,571

London East

$516,300

$505,641

London North

$711,400

$752,925

London South

$588,100

$658,973

Middlesex Centre

$876,900

$921,217

St. Thomas

$504,700

$526,599

Strathroy-Caradoc

$698,100

$638,078

LSTAR

$596,400

$690,861

 

“Aside from prices, when analyzing the market activity in LSTAR’s five main regions, we are also looking at the median number of days on market recorded in each region. This number reveals how many days it usually takes to sell a home in a certain area. Except for Elgin, this number was between 7 and 8 days,” Lane added.

 

The single-family home remains on top of the local buyers’ preferences, with 648 sales in September.

“Yet, it is worth mentioning that, so far, both condo townhouses and apartments had their best year ever, with 1,087 and 812 units respectively exchanging hands year-to-date,” Lane noted.

 

The table below shows the September benchmark prices for all housing types in LSTAR’s jurisdiction and how they stack up against the values from a year ago.

MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Prices

Benchmark Type

September 2021

Change over September 2020

LSTAR Composite

$596,400

↑ 31.7%

LSTAR Single-Family

$644,900

↑ 33.6%

LSTAR One Storey

$600,200

↑ 34.6%

LSTAR Two Storey

$689,500

↑ 33%

LSTAR Townhouse

$479,600

↑ 32%

LSTAR Apartment

$336,200

↑ 15.5 %

 

“Despite all the surges we witnessed in the HPI benchmark prices and average sales prices, homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction remain relatively affordable when compared to houses from some other major Ontario and    Canadian centres,” Lane emphasized.

 

The following table is based on data taken from the CREA National Price Map for August 2021.

 

City

August 2021 Benchmark Price

Greater Vancouver

$1,176,600

Fraser Valley

$1,066,800

Greater Toronto

$1,059,200

Hamilton-Burlington

$894,800

Victoria

$854,300

Kitchener-Waterloo

$757,900

Niagara Region 

$657,400

Ottawa

$653,200

London St. Thomas

$586,800

Windsor-Essex[1]

$554,176

Calgary

$446,500

Edmonton

$343,100

CANADA

$663,503

According to a research report, a total of $73,250 in ancillary expenditures is generated by the average housing transaction in Ontario over a period of three years from the date of purchase. "In other words, our September home sales could potentially bring more than $63 million to the local economy between now and 2024," Lane concluded.

 

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) exists to provide its REALTOR® Members with the support and tools they need to succeed in their profession. LSTAR is one of Canada’s 10 largest real estate associations, representing over 2,000 REALTORS® working in Middlesex and Elgin Counties, a trading area of 500,000 residents. LSTAR adheres to a Quality of Life philosophy, supporting growth that fosters economic vitality, provides housing opportunities, respects the environment and builds good communities and safe neighbourhoods and is a proud participant in the REALTORS Care Foundation’s Every REALTOR™ Campaign.

 

[1]Areas displaying average prices; all other areas displaying MLS® Home Price Index benchmark prices. The benchmark price reflects the value of a “typical home” as assigned by buyers in a certain area based on various housing attributes.

[1]Economic Impacts of MLS® Systems Home Sales and Purchases in Canada and the Provinces, Altus Group, 2019

 

 

CHAD LOVELL, CRAE (He/Him)
VP, Public Affairs and Diversity

London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR)
www.lstar.ca
Phone: 519.641.1400 ext. 222
342 Commissioners Rd W, London ON N6J 1Y3

 


 

This is how I can help.

Ashley Conyngham

Ashley Conyngham

Director, Marketing and Communications

  • I can share your local business news & events
  • Promote your tech or manufacturing jobs 
  • Collaborate with you on your industry event
  • Help your business reach new audiences
  • Provide communications support for your SME

This is how i can help