The number of homes sold in the jurisdiction of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) fell by 34.8% in August from the same month last year, but saw an increase over the previous month, which indicates a soft landing of the local real estate market. More specifically, 607 residential transactions were recorded last month by LSTAR’s MLS® System - 324 less than a year ago, but up by 93 units from July.

“The softness seen over the last few months in the local real estate market was, undoubtedly, caused by the continuous rise in the mortgage interest rates, which has translated into higher borrowing costs,” said 2022 LSTAR President Randy Pawlowski. “However, the sales-to-new listings ratio, which reflects the share of new listings out…

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