In May 2023, 1,397 new listings came on the local market and 846 homes exchanged hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). While the number of new listings is 23.9% lower than in May 2022, the number of sales is 1.3% higher than a year ago.
LSTAR's overall sales-to-new listings ratio for the entire area stood at 60.6% last month. Moreover, the inventory continued to decline, dwindling from 1.8 months in April to a mere 1.7 months in May.
"The month-over-month increases in home sales and prices
continued in May in LSTAR's jurisdiction, thus indicating a further rebound of
the local real estate market," said 2023 LSTAR President Adam Miller.
"Throughout the last three months of 2023, an upward trajectory in the
quantity of residential property sales and corresponding price hikes has
persistently caught our attention. These trends demonstrate the enduring
presence of a fervent demand for properties in our area, despite the obvious
lack of housing supply," Miller added.
Despite a 10% decrease in LSTAR's average home price and an 11.9% decline in the composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price compared to the same period last year, these figures showed improvement compared to earlier this year. The average home price in May 2023 reached $682,561, while the composite MLS® HPI Benchmark Price sat at $619,800.