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런던 지역 부동산 시장, 상반기 전년 대비 거래량 10% 감소.
전년도 같은 기간에 비해 리스팅(매물) 20% 증가.
런던 주택 평균 가격은 전년 대비 5.1% 상승
가격이 좋으면 여전히 거래가 잘 이루어 짐.
호가 대비 실 거래 가격은 –2% 내에서 이루어짐.
The London area real estate market was down almost 10 per cent during the first half of the year compared to 2007.
But the president of the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) said the slowdown was not unexpected, given the record-breaking sales of 2007. “Sales have eased compared to 2007, but if you look at the historical data, its clear sales activity is returning to more normal levels,” Bruce Sworik said.
LSTAR said 905 homes were sold in June compared to 992 during the same month last year. For the first half of the year, there were 4,647 sales, down from 5,144 sales for 2007.
Although thats the lowest number of sales for the first half on the year since 2003, Sworik said sales are still well above the 10-year average of 4,432 for the first six months. He expects the last half of the year will see similar sales results.
“We dont see any major startups or slowdowns in London,” Sworik said.
He said the market is benefiting from a big jump in the number of properties listed, up 20 per cent from the same time last year.
Sworik said the increased listings are giving buyers a better selection and helping to keep a lid on prices.
He said the prices paid for homes are within two per cent of the asking price, showing that sellers are becoming more realistic about the market. “People have to put the home on the market at the right price because there is more competition,” Sworik said. “But well-priced homes are selling fast.”
The average price for all homes in the London area market at the end of June was $213,034, up 5.1 per cent over the past year.
But the St. Thomas market is a hot spot with the average home price up to $183,680, up 14 per cent from last year.
Hank Daniszewski is a Free Press business reporter.