London Ontario Real Estate Sales Robust July 2018

If you are looking for a houses or condos for sale around London & South West Ontario here are a few neighbourhoods in London you may want to consider.

Byron Delaware Dorchester
Hunt Club Hyde Park Ilderton
Kilworth Komoka Lambeth
Masonville Oakridge Pond Mills
Riverbend Stoneybrook Summerside
Sunningdale University Western Ontario Uplands
Warbler Woods Westmount Wortley Village Old South London

 

 London Ontario and Area House & Condo Sales for July 2018

  Sellers Market London Ontario

 

July 2018 marked the third best July for London Ontario real estate since 1978 as exactly 1000 homes were sold using our local MLS, London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR)

This is the third consecutive month of at least 1,000 homes being sold and the resale activity remains above the 10-year average. Inventory remains at a 10-year low, while we continue to see an increase in average sales price,

By geographic area, London East made the largest gains, with an average price of $288,648 – up 14.3% from July 2017 and up 40.2% compared to July 2015. The average sales price in London North was $441,035 – up 8.0% from July 2017 and up 35.9% compared to July 2015. Meanwhile, the average sales price in London South was $370,399, up 10.9 percent from July 2017 and up 32.2% from July 2015.

Overall, the average July sales price across London and St. Thomas was $360,068 – up 10.3% from July 2017 and up 34.2% from July 2015. Going back further, it’s a 68.2% increase compared to the average sales price 10 years ago.

St. Thomas saw a total of 79 homes sold in July, down 7.1% from the same period last year. For inventory, there were 87 active listings, down 22.3% from last July and down 67% from July 2015. The average home sales price in St. Thomas was $303,988 up 15.9% from July 2017 and up 35.5% from July 2015.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for June 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 Real Estate Sales Across Canada

 March 2018 Numbers

February 2018 Numbers

January 2018 Numbers

Is It True About London Ontario Real Estate?

Is It True?

Every week I talk to hundreds of people about real estate, not only buyers and sellers, but Realtors, lawyers, mortgage people, home inspectors, want-to-be real estate moguls, tire kickers, blog comments, whiners, goody two-shoes, and to my past clients, friends and family.

I bet I hear 50 different opinions about real estate and when I ask why they say or think the way they do, it is because they read something (even though it was a British newspaper), watched something on TV (American), or their accountant, financial impersonator or boss said something that they most likely got from something they read or saw on TV!

So, I always ask, is it true?

Well, you would think I was asking them to go for a prostate exam; they get uptight (a pun) and then spout words of wisdom! I believe that facts don’t lie and until I can walk on water, I cannot predict the real estate market –or maybe I could if I made a career change and became a weather forecaster.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

London Ontario Real Estate Market Sales Down, Prices Up

May Sales  Down 24.4% For London Ontario Real Estate and Area

  Sellers Market London Ontario

1171 homes were sold in London Ontario & area in May, as reported by our local MLS board, The London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR).  Sales were down 24.4% over the same time last year, which saw a record-setting month for May with 1,549 homes sold. The May 2017 home sales stand as the highest ever sales month in LSTAR’s history, since the Association began tracking sales data in 1978.

The homes sold were actually above the 10-year average, despite the ongoing challenge of low inventory in the marketplace. Similar to what’s happened each month this year, home prices continue to gradually increase across the region, as fewer homes are available for sale.”

The average May sales price in London and St. Thomas was $366,096 up 6.4% over May 2017 and up a whopping 28.4% over May 2016. By geographic area, London South was $370,851 up 4.4%, in London North the average home sales price was $451,556 up 4.7%, while in London East, it was $291,359 ,an increase of 11.1% from May 2017.

In St. Thomas, the average sales price was $288,723 up 11.2% over May 2017. St. Thomas saw a total of 100 homes sold in May, down 12.3% from the same period last year. For inventory, there were 82 active listings, down 28.1% from last May and down 49.7% from May 2016.

   Why?

The trend over the past 6 months in the marketplace is low inventory, which remains at its lowest level in 10 years!

In May, there were 1,643 active listings, down 7.7% from this time last year and down 44.6% from May 2016. The sales-to-new listings ratio was 70.8%, which the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says represents conditions in the marketplace that favours sellers.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for April 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 prices across Canada

 March 2018 Numbers

February 2018 Numbers

January 2018 Numbers

Houses For Sale London Ontario With Pool

Now that the weather is warmer and pool season starts, I have dedicated a page called houses for sale London Ontario With Pool.  Original, huh?

Well, at the writing of this post, there is 76 of them for sale in London Ontario and area, and on this page not only will you see some great houses, but you will get taxes, room sizes, walk scores, maps, schools and even my number if you want to see any of them.

Houses with pools London Ontario

London Ontario Houses With a Pool

If you have never owned a house with a pool before, it would pay to do your homework on pumps, heaters, covers, salt water vs chlorine, liners, cleaners and the toys.

Most real estate legal issues is because of pools!

As a buyer, protect yourself when making an offer by working with a Realtor who has pool experience and make sure you have clauses regarding the existing pool to protect yourself from unwanted expenses that you had not planned on.

As a seller, it can be a two bladed sword, however, an experienced Realtor can help prevent you from pool issues coming back to haunt you.

As with most things, you get what you pay for and sometimes you don’t, just know before hand what you are getting yourself into!

Enjoy the season

London Ontario Real Estate Sellers Market!

April Sales Down 19.6% in London Ontario and Area

  Sellers Market London Ontario

983 homes were sold in April 2018 recorded by The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), down 19.6% over April 2017, which set a record for the best April results since LSTAR began tracking sales data in 1978.

Home sales are down compared to the record breaking total in 2017 but they remain at par with the 10-year average. Home prices continue to rise across the area as there are fewer homes for sale than average.

The average April sales price in London and area was $367,433 up 5.0% over April 2017 and up 33.6% over April 2016. By geographic area, London South was $375,031 up 0.9% from last April. In London North, average home sales price was $454,847 up 7.3% compared to the previous year, while in London East, it was $306,469, an increase of 14.1% from April 2017.

In St. Thomas, it was $285,316 up 7.7% over last April with 72 homes being sold, down 23.4% from the same period last year. When looking at inventory, there were 56 active listings, down 38.5% from last April and down a huge 68.5% from April 2016.

Over the last few months, London has been challenged with low inventory, and that trend continued in April as there were only 1,401 active listings, down 13.9% from this time last year and down a whopping 50.6% from April 2016. The sales-to-new listings ratio was 70.9%, which the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says represents conditions in the marketplace that favours sellers.

As the spring season is here, this may be an opportune time if you’re considering selling your home.

The following table is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for March 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.

City

Average Sale

Vancouver

$1,001,646

Toronto

$752,730

Fraser Valley

$736,179

Victoria

$684,061

Hamilton

$539,033

Kitchener-Waterloo

$484,371

Calgary

$465,607

Ottawa

$406,902

Niagara

$400,317

Edmonton

$374,159

London St. Thomas

$356,183

Windsor-Essex

$271,579

CANADA

$471,501

 March 2018 Numbers

February 2018 Numbers

January 2018 Numbers

London Ontario Real Estate Market Down 37.9% March 2018

March Sales Down 37.9% in London Ontario and Area

Home sales in London Ontario and area in March 2018 were down 37.9% from March 2017 as reported by The London and St Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR), with 769 homes being sold.

  Why?

Very few houses and condos for sale, for example, there were 1,192 active listings (homes for sale), down 20.4% from this time last year and down 55.3% from March 2016. This is similar to last month with the March 2018 inventory being the lowest level for the month in the last 10 years.

London Ontario Real Estate Market

Average home sales price across London and St. Thomas continues to rise, despite the low inventory. The average March sales price in the region was $364,112 up 8.6% over March 2017.

Geographically, London South was $360,587 up 3.1% from last March.  London North, average home sales price was $438,827 up 7.1% compared to the previous year, while in London East; it was $291,161 an increase of 8.4% from March 2017. In St. Thomas, it was $295,980 up 18.5% over last March.

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), a ratio between 40% and 60% is generally consistent with a balanced housing market. In March, London and St. Thomas had a sales-to-new listings ratio of 75.1%, which CREA says represents conditions in the marketplaces that favour sellers. It reinforces the trends LSTAR Members have been experiencing, with low supply and high demand, and also managing multiple offer situations and out-of-town interest in our region.”

St. Thomas saw a total of 73 homes sold in March, down 29.1% from the same period last year. When looking at inventory, there were 42 active listings, down 51.2% from last March.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for February 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.

London Ontario Real Estate Comparison  Across Canada

February 2018 Numbers

January 2018 Numbers

Will Energy Costs Affect The London Ontario Real Estate Market

   Will energy costs affect the sale of a home in London Ontario and the London Ontario Real Estate market??

It is possible.

With predictions that energy costs may increase by as much as 40% over the next few years, if not all ready, have you had a look at your hydro bill lately?

energy costs could affect the sale of your home

 The Affordability Rule for Home Buyers Called PITH

The monthly housing costs shouldn’t be more than 32% of gross monthly income. Housing costs include monthly mortgage payments (principal and interest), property taxes and heating expenses.

  • Principal,
  • Interest,
  • Taxes
  • Heat

For example, if income was $50,000 a year, the gross monthly income is $4,167, therefore to stay within the 32% range, the PITH rule is $1,292. If the mortgage payment is $1200 a month and utilities such as water, electrical, gas averages $360 per month equalling $1560 per month, you would be over the 32% rule, it is actually at 37% and in most cases, not qualify for a mortgage.

At $60,000 per year, which is $5,000 a month, the 32% would be $1,600.  Here is a great link for you to learn more about debt percentages and rules.

So, what has that got to do with selling a home in London Ontario?

You will attract more buyers in your price range because more buyers would qualify for a mortgage if energy costs were below average.

It holds true for a $100,000 plus income earner as well.

Before upgrading your home and doing improvements, your first priority may be to see how to get the energy use down.

energy efficient house London Ontario

As well, when buying a home in London Ontario, do not just look at the purchase price. What is it going to cost to maintain it? It would be real wise to know exactly what the utility costs are, it will help get approval for a mortgage easier and if you were ever to sell your home down the road; you know your home with a low energy use will sell quicker than a home that has not been energy efficient.

In three separate instances last week, my buyer clients chose homes that were more energy efficient over others in a few London  neighbourhoods, even over better priced ones, and in one case, over one that they loved but could not get their head around the expense it would have taken to get the home energy efficient

I was in a house in Old South London Ontario, Wortley Village area and they just replaced their boiler with an energy efficient furnace and they are very pleased with how much their energy costs have decreased and how much more comfortable and warmer they are right now.

If your house or condo is energy efficient and you are thinking of moving soon, you will most likely get top dollar and sell quickly, I can show you how!

Record Real Estate Sales London Ontario & Area 2017

If you are looking for a houses or condos for sale around London & South West Ontario here are a few neighbourhoods you may want to consider.

Byron Delaware  Dorchester
Hunt Club Hyde Park Ilderton
Kilworth Komoka Lambeth
Masonville Oakridge Pond Mills
Riverbend Stoneybrook Summerside
Sunningdale University Western Ontario Uplands
Warbler Woods Westmount Wortley Village Old South London

 

A historic year for real estate in 2017

  11,203 Home Sales sets Record in London Ontario & Area for the first time  

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced that 2017 marked a historic year for residential real estate, with home sales surpassing 11,000 for the first time since LSTAR began tracking data in 1978. In 2017, a total of 11,203 homes were sold, up 8.0% from 2016.

London and St. Thomas reached many ‘firsts,’ from six consecutive months of record sales to robust activity from buyers from outside the city.

In 2017, the average sales price across London and St. Thomas was $330,037 up 18.0% from 2016. By geographic area, London South was $340,793, up 21.7% from 2016. In London North, average home sales price was $407,801, up 18.1% compared to the previous year, while in London East, it was $258,734, an increase of 16.9%.  In St. Thomas, it was $261,481, up 15.2% over 2016.

St. Thomas saw a total of 901 homes sold in 2017, up 6.8% from 2016. In 2017, there were a total of 14,301 home listings, down 1.2% from 2016. The trend of high demand with low supply continued in 2017, with inventory (called Active Listings) down 35.6% from the previous year.

The following table is based on data taken from the CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) national MLS® Report for November 2017 (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.

City Average Sale
Vancouver $1,081,876
Toronto $779,693
Fraser Valley $741,172
Victoria $684,843
Hamilton $545,690
Calgary $450,700
Kitchener-Waterloo $445,855
Niagara $389,016
Ottawa $385,058
Edmonton $372,911
London St. Thomas $332,607
Windsor-Essex $265,565
CANADA $513,433       

November 2017 Numbers

October 2017 Numbers

 For a breakdown of sale prices to asking prices and more, contact me for more detailed information:
 We have the facts about real estate in London Ontario
 I can give you :
  • Days on the market vs List Price Median for the last 10 years
  • Historic count of active listings
  • Historic sales for the last 10 years
  • Historic sales price trends
  • Historic sales and price range
  • Original price vs sold price
  • Sale price / listprice ratios

Why is this information important? Whether you were buying or selling, these numbers will give you peace of mind of the neighbourhood trends, plus, a confidence level for price, expectation levels for negotiating and about 8 other advantages I can help you with.

Our knowledge of the market, our ability to get hard facts and not assume anything or give an opinion that could be biased is the cornerstone of our business and the reason why our volume of business and referrals are growing exponentially.

Oh, a hard work ethic makes a huge difference as well!

London Ontario Real Estate Numbers For November 2017

London Ontario real estate numbers for November 2017 saw 637 homes being sold through our MLS system,  as reported by The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR).  Year-to-date sales are up 9.1%, with a total of 10,790 homes sold, marking 2017 as the year with the highest number of residential sales since LSTAR began tracking data in 1978, with one more month to go.

In November, the average sales price across London and St. Thomas was $322,303, up 11.6% from the same time a year ago. The average year-to-date sales price is $330,039, up 18.0% from November 2016.

In London South, the average home sales price was $344,010, up 16.6% compared to a year ago, while in London East, it was $255,518, up 7.9% from November 2016. In London North, average home sales price was $383,147, up 9.9% compared to this time last year, while in St. Thomas it was $260,763, up 19.4% compared to a year ago.

In November, there were 716 listings, down 9.3% from the same time in 2016. St. Thomas saw a total of 55 homes sold, down 14.1% from the same time last year. Year-to-date home sales in St. Thomas are at 874 homes sold, up 10.1% from 2016.

For a breakdown of neighbourhoods in London, for houses and condos, you can go here.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for October 2017 (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.

*These statistics are prepared for LSTAR by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and represent a data snapshot taken on December 1, 2017, based on reported sales activity between November 1 and 30, 2017.

 

 

 

London Ontario Real Estate Numbers For October 2017

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced 757 homes exchanged hands last month, slightly down 10.2% from the same time a year ago. Year-to-date sales are up 10.6%, with a total of 10,111 homes sold, marking the second consecutive year residential sales have surpassed 10,000 across the region.

Real Estate Numbers London Ontario

The CREA Residential Market Activity Report provides more data, featuring an in-depth look at home sales trends happening across London and St. Thomas. Here it is.

In October, the average sales price across London and St. Thomas was $325,331 up 14.2% from the same time a year ago. The average year-to-date sales price was $330,497 up 18.3% from October 2016.

In London East, home sales are up 21.2% compared to a year ago, while in London South, sales are up 13.9% and in London North, sales are up 6.5% compared to this time last year.

In October 2017, there were 847 listings, down 17% from the same time last year. St. Thomas saw a total of 67 homes sold, down 21.2% from 2016 and the average home price in St. Thomas was $284,344 up 25.7% from October 2016.

The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National MLS® Report for September 2017 (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 prices in Canada at the end of September 2017