To provide our REALTOR® Members with the support and tools they need to succeed in their profession.
The jurisdiction of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) includes Middlesex and Elgin Counties, a trading area servicing approximately 500,000 residents. It is one of the ten largest REALTOR® associations in Canada with a membership of over 1,600 Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons working out of 158 offices.
Our Members are licensed professionals governed by a high standard of professional service and a strict Code of Ethics and are committed to providing the best possible service to their clients and customers.
One of the primary functions of LSTAR is the operation of the Multiple Listing Service® or MLS®, a co-operative marketing system used only by Canada's real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties for sale. Almost all resale homes in Canada are sold through the MLS® system. Using the MLS® database system, our Members can access sold prices, list prices, average time on the market, historical data and conduct comparative market analyses. The MLS® system is the cornerstone of organized real estate's tremendous success, both its most valuable tool and your best chance to optimize your buying or selling experience. It is also a powerful driver of the economy, both in terms of economic spin off and the creation of both direct and indirect jobs.
Guided by a thirteen member Board of Directors and administered by a team of professional staff specialists, LSTAR strives to deliver excellent service to its Members, including not only its core service, the MLS® system, but also Arbitration, Education, Professional Standards, Communications, and Government and Community Relations. It is nationally recognized as a leader in technological innovation, political action and community service.
Chartered in 1936, the London Real Estate Board amalgamated with the St. Thomas Real Estate Board in 1969 to become the London and St. Thomas Real Estate Board. (The name of the Board was officially changed to the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® in the Autumn of 2006.) Our MLS® system was initiated in 1951 as the Co-operative Division; in 1962, the Division was renamed the MLS® system. In 1984 the Association's first in-house computer system was installed. Learn more about the history of the Association.
Today, our MLS® system database is provided by Millenium Real Estate Solutions and is Internet-based. All the Association's listings may be found on REALTOR.ca and 99% of those listings – smart-framed, current and real time – can be found on websites operated by our brokers, the vast majority of whom participate in the Association's Internet Data Exchange (IDX).