2019 proved to be not only a solid year for real estate in the London-St Thomas area but also the third-best year for sales activity since tracking performance since1978.
469 homes traded hands in LSTAR’s jurisdiction in December, which brings the total number of 2019 residential transactions recorded via MLS® to 10,125 – up 3.4% over 2018. This is only the third time that sales surpassed 10,000 units. It happened for the first time in 2016 and then again in 2017, a record year with more than 11,000 home resales.
LSTAR’s overall sales-to-new-listings ratio hovered around the 70% mark. However, toward the end of the year, its value jumped significantly, to reach 110.1%. This means that Sellers have the upper hand in home sales negotiations here. It also speaks to the high buyer demand and the lack of local housing supply.
Overall, the December average home price was $426,539, up 15.1% compared to December 2018. The year-to-date average home price in LSTAR’s jurisdiction sits at $409,858.
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Looking at London’s three main geographic areas, the average home price in London East was $356,065, up 25.4% from last December.
In London South (which includes data from the west side of the city), the average home sales price was $454,455, up 7.9% compared to the previous year, while London North saw an increase of 20.8% over last December, with an average home sales price of $515,958.
The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National Price Map for December 2019 (the latest CREA statistics available). It provides a snapshot of how home prices in London and St. Thomas compare to some other major Ontario and Canadian centres.