LSTAR’s News Release for April 2021
Home Sales Remain Strong in April
The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced 1,231 homes exchanged hands last month, the highest number of home sales recorded via the MLS® system for the month of April since the Association began tracking data in 1978.
“We are encouraged by the strong sales numbers, as the spring market ramps up,” said LSTAR 2021 President Jack Lane. “Year-to-date sales are also performing ahead of 2020. At the end of April, there have been 3,918 sales, up more than 57% over the same period last year.”
LSTAR’s regions, like many others across the province, are experiencing some of the lowest inventory levels seen in the past 10 years. Combined with a high demand, these dynamics have contributed to a very robust marketplace, with numerous situations of multiple offers and properties being sold for considerably more than their listing prices.
“It’s important for the public to understand that every transaction is different, based on housing type, housing features, geographical location and many other factors,” Lane said. “Each transaction is unique and does not necessarily represent activity across the entire marketplace.”
The following table shows last month’s MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark prices by area and how they compare to the average sales prices. The HPI benchmark price reflects the value of a “typical home” as assigned by buyers in a certain area based on various housing attributes, while the average sales price is calculated by adding all the sale prices for homes sold and dividing that total by the number of homes sold. Since averages may be affected by the monthly changes in the mix of sales activity, the HPI benchmark price is a more accurate way to gauge price trends over time.
|Area||April 2021 MLS® HPI Benchmark Price||April 2021 Average Price|
The single-family home maintains its place as the most popular housing type sold, with 913 sales in April. The table below shows the April benchmark prices for all housing types and how they stack up against the values from a year ago.
|MLS® Home Price Index Benchmark Prices|
|Benchmark Type||April 2021||Change over April 2020|
|LSTAR Composite||$583,400||↑ 42%|
|LSTAR Single-Family||$640,300||↑ 47.3%|
|LSTAR One Storey||$586,300||↑ 46.9%|
|LSTAR Two Storey||$701,600||↑ 47.5%|
|LSTAR Townhouse||$444,500||↑ 32.1%|
|LSTAR Apartment||$295,400||↑ 6.9%|