LSTAR’s News Release for March 2023
Local Housing Market Tightens
In March 2023, only 1,079 new residential listings were posted on the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). This makes last month the March with the third lowest number of new listings in the last decade.
The number of residential transactions for the month stood at 685, thus marking the lowest number of home sales seen by LSTAR in March since 2014. The overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire jurisdiction of LSTAR jumped to 63.5%, and the inventory fell from 3 months in February to only 2 in March.
“The market downturn caused by the rising borrowing costs has created a window of opportunity for buyers to enter the market at a potentially lower price point, but the lack of inventory remains a concern. The coming months will be crucial in determining if the current trend continues, or if there will be a rebound in the market,” said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller.
“Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, the figures recorded by LSTAR in March indicate a tightening of the local real estate market, which is also reflected in the average and HPI benchmark prices observed across the region,” Miller added.
In March 2023, the average home price and composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price in the jurisdiction of LSTAR were significantly lower compared to the same month in the previous year, by 20.6% and 23.4% respectively. However, these figures were notably higher than those recorded in 2020 and earlier years. In addition, both metrics saw modest month-over-month gains. The average home price for LSTAR in March 2023 was $653,611, while the composite MLS® HPI Benchmark Price was $592,600.
The following table shows how March’s average home prices in LSTAR’s main regions compare to the benchmark prices for the same areas.
|Area||March 2023 MLS® HPI Benchmark Price||March 2023 Average Price|
“While the average price of single-family homes experienced a year-over-year decline, they still fared better than other house types, with a decrease of only 19.5% compared to March 2022. Moreover, their average price remains 48% higher than that of the third month of 2020. Additionally, the MLS® HPI benchmark price for single-family homes is 46.5% higher than three years ago,” noted Miller.
The following table shows the March 2023 benchmark prices for all housing types in LSTAR’s jurisdiction and how they compare with the values from 2022 and 2020.
|BENCHMARK TYPE||MARCH 2023||CHANGE OVER MARCH 2022||CHANGE OVER MARCH 2020|
|LSTAR One Storey||$576,000||↓23.2%||↑44.9%|
|LSTAR Two Storey||$681,800||↓22.4%||↑47.5%|