Londo Free Press 2008년 6월6일자 발췌
온타리오 주의 어려운 경제 상황에도 불구하고 런던 주택 시장은 여전히 강세.
아파트 공실율 또한 전년 3.7%에서 3.0%로 감소. 런던지역 아파트 건설업체에 호재.
전년 대비해서는 거래량이 9.9% 감소하였지만, 지난 5년 평균 거래량 유지.
매물은 하우스가 21.4% 콘도가 14.9% 증가
The London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) says 1,021 homes sold in May, the third best total for any month since record-keeping began in 1978. And the apartment vacancy rate in London fell to 3.0 per cent from 3.7 per cent in the last year, according to a new survey released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Both the real estate and the apartment vacancy numbers seem to defy expectations of a slowdown in the local housing market.
Although home sales are still down 9.9 per cent compared to first five months of 2007, LSTAR president Bruce Sworik says a rebound is now underway.
“Last months strong activity comes as no surprise to local realtors, who continue to see results of pent-up demand from a cold start to 2008,” said Sworik. Sworik said 2007 was a record-setting year for homes sales and he expects 2008 will come close to the five-year annual average of 3,903 sales.
He said the number of listings also continues to climb to 3,648 last month. Listings for detached homes are up 21.4 per cent and condo listings are up 14.9 per cent.
The overall average price for detached homes and condos in London-St. Thomas was $215,000 last month, up 4.3 per cent over the same month last year.
CMHC analyst David Lan said the decrease in apartment vacancy rates is good news for London developers who bet on strong demand with a boom in apartment construction that started in 2006 with the construction of 1,100 units.
Lan said new high-end apartments in the downtown core are becoming more popular and driving down the overall vacancy rate.
“In past years the vacancy rate on those units has been around 10 per cent and we are seeing a significant drop this year,” said Lan.
The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in London was stable over past year at about $800.
Across Ontario the apartment vacancy rate fell from 3.9 per cent to 3.1 per cent in the last year.
Hank Daniszewski is a Free Press business reporter.