The local housing market continued to cool off in September, with 497 homes exchanging hands via the MLS® System of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®(LSTAR). Housing supply made a healthy gain from 2.7 months of inventory in August to 3.4 months of inventory in September, showing more signs of market stabilization.
"An additional interest rate hike, the fifth one so far in 2022, continues to impact home sales activity," said 2022 LSTAR President Randy Pawlowski. "We are experiencing increased inventory levels, indicating a more balanced marketplace. For historical perspective, the 3.4 months of inventory is the highest recorded for the month of September, since September 2015."
The average home sales price and composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price both edged slightly down from August to September. LSTAR's overall average home price fell from $648,036 in August to $635,256 in September. The composite MLS® HPI Benchmark Price saw a marginal decrease from $599,500 in August to $596,900 in September. The data represents a trend the majority of local real estate markets are seeing across the country, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)
"Although the market is slowly stabilizing, it's important to remember that every home transaction is unique," Pawlowski said. "As the market evolves, your local REALTOR® can provide support on how to navigate this changing environment, with real-time data and professional guidance."