The London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced that home sales in the London-St. Thomas area continued at a healthy pace in August, with 892 homes exchanging hands.
"Compared to August 2016, which holds an unprecedented record, the August 2017 numbers represent a slight decrease in homes sales activity. However, if you look at the historical data, last month turns out to be the best August for our REALTOR® Members since 2005," said Jim Smith, 2017 LSTAR President. "Overall, 2017 remains an incredible year for real estate across London and St. Thomas and we expect sales activity to stay fairly strong for the remainder of 2017."
In August, a total of 712 detached homes were sold, a decrease of 11.4% from the previous year, while condominium sales were down only 7.7% from 2016, with 180 units sold. The average sales price across London and St. Thomas was $326,122, down 1.4% from the previous month. The average year-to-date sales price was $329,745 - up 18.2% from the 2016 average home price of $279,057.
"With real estate impacting so many areas of our community, such as contractors, trades, home stores and small businesses, it plays a significant role to building the local economy," Smith said. "LSTAR REALTORS® are passionate about delivering the best experience to consumers and I want to stress it’s a great time to get in touch with a REALTOR® who can support all your real estate needs in this robust marketplace."
In August, there were 1,157 listings, down 9.3% from the same time in 2016. The year-to-date sales are ahead by 15.5%, with a total of 8,421 homes sold. St. Thomas saw a total of 63 homes sold, up 1.6% from the same time last year. The average home price in St. Thomas was $270,738, up 1.4% from the previous month.
The best-selling house style in August in LSTAR's jurisdiction continues to be the two-storey, followed by the bungalow. "Interestingly, last month the number of sold units was the same for ranches and townhouse condominiums, which might reflect a shift in the area's inhabitants' lifestyles choices," Smith observed.
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The average price for a detached home in August was $343,541, down 1.9% from the previous month, while the average price for a condominium was $233,965, down 0.2% from the previous month.