Continuing with the positive trend, 825 homes sold in October 2016, 18.7% over last October, making last month the best October since the London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) began keeping score back in 1978. “The runner up for best October ever was in 2006, when 711 homes exchanged hands,” says LSTAR’s 2016 President. “Not even close!” She notes that 2016 continues to break records, scoring the best September, April, June, August and now October. Year to Date sales are up 9.3%.
Listings were down 12.3% in October, while inventory – as represented by the number of active listings at month end - was down 33.8%. “High demand and low supply continues to fuel this Fall Market,” says LSTAR President “As I have stated in the past, this is an excellent time to market your home.”
October 2016 also proved to be a great month for London’s Sister City of St. Thomas. 84 homes exchanged hands in that City, up 52.7% from the previous year. The average price for a home in St. Thomas stands Year to Date at $231,955.
As in the previous months, the best-selling house style in LSTAR’s jurisdiction for October 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 $296,445, up 5%, while the average price for a condo over the same period stood at $201,270, up 6%. The average price of all homes sold through LSTAR’s MLS® Year-to-Date stood at $278,471, up 5.3%.
High rise apt. condo
The following table, based on data taken from CREA’s National MLS® Report for September 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centres.