Home sales strong in june, despite inventory challenges.
London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced 1,080 homes* were sold in June, down 14.6% over the same time last year, which saw a record-setting month for June with 1,264 homes sold since the Association began tracking sales data in 1978.
"The home sales in June continue the strong momentum we saw in May, setting the stage for a very robust season for resale homes this summer," said Jeff Nethercott, 2018 LSTAR President. "Sales activity remains above the 10-year average, as the marketplace continues to manage the lowest inventory levels since 2009. Average home prices are making slight gains all across the region."
By geographic area, London East made the biggest gains, with the average June sales price at $295,541, up 11.7% from June 2017 and up 34.7% compared to June 2016. London North also saw an increase of 11.6% from June 2017 with an average sales price of $479,237. That’s up 39.9% compared to June 2016. Meanwhile, the average sales price in London South was $372,881, up 9.2 percent from June 2017 and up 36.6% from June 2016.
Overall, the average June sales price in London and St. Thomas was $370,247, up 10.5% from June 2017 and up 32.7% from June 2016. Going further back, it’s a 72.0% increase compared to the average sales price 10 years ago.
"As the average sales price trends upward, inventory continues to decrease," Nethercott said. "In June, there were 1,779 active listings, down 4.3% from this time last year and down 40.0% from June 2016. The sales-to-new listings ratio was 72.0%, which the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says represents conditions in the marketplace that favour sellers (a ratio between 40% and 60% is generally consistent with a balanced market). So for those considering to sell their home, now would be an optimal time to get in touch with your local REALTOR® who can help you navigate through the process."