Home Sales Off to a Strong Start in 2019

Posted by Brian Van Bart on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 9:43am

"We're starting to observe signs of movement toward more balance in the marketplace, based on the sales-to-new listings ratio," said Earl Taylor, 2019 LSTAR President. "In January, the ratio was 60.9% across LSTAR’S jurisdiction. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says a ratio between 40% and 60% is generally consistent with a balanced market."

Bucking the trend was St. Thomas, who saw a sales-to-new listing ratio of 80.3% in January, which CREA says represents conditions in the marketplace that favour sellers. St. Thomas also achieved a new high in the last 10 years with its average home sales price.

"In January, average home sales price in St. Thomas was $343,178, up 34% compared to January 2018," Taylor said. "Going further back, that's up 68.9% compared to January 2014 and up 86.7% compared to 10 years ago."

Average home sales price made steady gains in the five major areas of LSTAR's region. In London, the average sales price was $387,859 up 11.2% from last January, while it was $398,150 in Strathroy, an increase of 41.4% from January 2018.

AreaJanuary Average Sale Price
Elgin County $326,049
London $387,859
Middlesex County $493,780
St. Thomas $343,178
Strathroy $398,150

"Looking at specific geographic areas, London North had an average of $477,615, up 18.1% from the same period last year," Taylor said. "In London South (which also includes data from the west side of London) had an average sales price of $381,120 in January, up 6.6% compared to January 2018 and up 95.8% compared to just 10 years ago."

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for December 2018 (the latest CREA statistics available). It provides a snapshot of how average home prices in London and St. Thomas compare to other major Ontario and Canadian centres.

Average home sale prices in Canada at the end of December 2018

According to a research report1, a total of $67,425 in ancillary expenditures is generated by the average housing transaction in Ontario over a period of three years from the date of purchase. "The business of real estate has a long-term tremendous impact for the region," Taylor said. "For just the first month of the year, we're talking about generating potentially more than $35 million into the local economy over the next few years. This impacts government, professional services including legal and appraisal entities, furniture and appliance manufacturers and retail, as well as local contractors and tradespeople."

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 15 largest real estate associations, representing over 1,700 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.

*These statistics are prepared for LSTAR by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and represent a data snapshot taken on February 1, 2019, based on processed home sales activity between January 1 and 31, 2019.

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