Last month, 569 homes exchanged hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), 3.2% fewer than in August 2022. During the same period, 1,212 new listings came on the market, 13.2% more than in the eighth month of 2022. The local housing supply saw a slight increase from 2.9 months of inventory in July to 3.4 months in August.
“In August, the local real estate market experienced a lull, with home sales hitting their lowest point since 2014. Whether that was just a simple summer lull or a direct effect of the Bank of Canada’s mid-July decision to raise interest rates and their messaging about the lingering above-target inflation, that remains to be determined by the real estate activity we’ll see in the next few months,” said 2023 LSTAR Chair Adam Miller.
With new listings outpacing sales, LSTAR’s overall sales-to-new listings ratio fell to 46.9% in August. “This gave buyers more options and slowed the rate of price growth in our area,” Miller added.
The following table shows the average and MLS® HPI Benchmark Prices recorded last month in LSTAR’s main regions.