LSTAR's News Release for May 2021

LSTAR Records Its Second Best May for Home Sales

May 2021 was yet another remarkable month for home sales activity in LSTAR's jurisdiction: the Association recorded 1,258 residential transactions via its MLS® systems - up 87.5% from May 2020, when the local real estate market was experiencing a pandemic-induced decline.

"This number marks the second best May for LSTAR home sales, surpassed only by May 2017, when LSTAR REALTORS® sold 1,433 homes," said LSTAR 2021 President Jack Lane. "However, year-to-date sales are at an all-time high. At the end of May, there have been 5,175 sales, up 64.3% over the same period last year."

The overall inventory figure, which shows how long it would take to liquidate the existing housing supply in our area at the current rate of sales activity, remained at 0.6 months - its lowest level in the last decade.

"Combined with the high demand, the lack of housing supply is pushing the Sales to New Listings ratio up, creating a Sellers' Market with multiple offers for many listings and numerous properties sold over the asking price," Lane added. "Nonetheless, it's essential for consumers to understand that each home is unique and its sale price can vary based on its location, type, and features," he emphasized.

The following table illustrates how last month's benchmark prices compare to the average sales prices. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark price reflects the value of a "typical home" from a certain area as assigned by local home buyers based on various housing attributes. The average sales price is calculated by adding the sale prices for all the homes sold and dividing that total by the number of transactions. Since monthly averages may be skewed by the type of houses sold in that timeframe, the HPI benchmark price is a more accurate way to gauge price trends.

Area May 2021 MLS® HPI Benchmark Price May 2021 Average Price
Elgin $621,400 $646,427
London East $506,900 $502,608
London North $691,700 $741,983
London South $577,100 $655,662
Middlesex $856,800 $808,936
St. Thomas $507,000 $547,777
Strathroy $681,300 $636,491
LSTAR $586,200 $636,053

The single-family home remains on top of the local buyers' preferences, with 937 sales in May. The table below shows the May 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 May 2021 Change over May 2020
LSTAR Composite $586,200 ↑ 42.5%
LSTAR Single-Family $637,700 ↑ 46.2%
LSTAR One Storey $598,100 ↑ 49.5 %
LSTAR Two Storey $678,300 ↑ 43.7%
LSTAR Townhouse $484,900 ↑ 32.1%
LSTAR Apartment $248,300 ↓ 8.8 %

Despite all the increases seen in the HPI benchmark prices and average sales prices, homes in LSTAR's jurisdiction appear to be relatively affordable when compared to houses from some other major Ontario and Canadian centres. The following chart is based on data taken from the CREA National Price Map for April 2021.

HPI Benchmark Home Prices Across Canada - April 2021

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LSTAR's Statistical Package for May 2021

The May 2021 LSTAR Statistical Package is a 781-page report. Because it is a large file, it might take a longer time to load on your screen.

The new Member Stats Pack includes the MLS® HPI benchmark prices for all neighbourhoods and subdivisions that fall under the jurisdiction of LSTAR, as well as descriptions of benchmark homes for each of these.

To navigate the Stats Pack PDF file, click on the hamburger symbol displayed in the left upper corner of your screen to reveal all the bookmarks of the document.

To find information about London East, please go to "East Residential". The information about London North can be found under "North Residential" and the London South data - under "South Residential".

Click on the following link to see the complete Statistical Package of LSTAR for May 2021:

A more condensed version of the May Statistical Package can be found on LSTAR's public website,