Saskatoon real estate week in review for November 11-17, 2018

It was another lacklustre week of sales for the Saskatoon real estate market. By the close of business Friday, just 38 residential sales had been reported to the MLS® system for the week, one fewer than the previous week, and 27 below the numbers that were recorded over the same week last year. This was the sixth consecutive week in which sales fell on an annual basis. As of today, MLS® sales for the city are down about 4.4 percent, year-to-date.

New listing numbers slipped lower by 15 when compared to the previous week, and roughly matched what we saw come on the market over the same period last year. This week’s final tally was 104 Saskatoon homes.

The inventory of residential properties for sale on the multiple listing service® fell for the eighth week in a row to settle at 1732, which is down from a year earlier by 156 units. It looks like we will close the year with fewer active listings than we have had at the end of the last three years, but it’s still high, given the weakened demand that we’re seeing right now.

A closer look by major housing category shows buyers have 979 single-family homes to choose from. That’s down from 1071 a year ago. There are currently 643 Saskatoon condominiums for sale, 28 fewer than were available at this time last year.

Price trends get tricky to follow when weekly sales start to drop between 50 units. It’s typical to see larger than normal swings from one week to the next. That certainly happened this week.

More than 25 percent of this week’s sales recorded a sale price above $450,000 and that pushed the average price for the week significantly higher to $360,828. A mix of sales that leaned towards the upper end ushered the weekly median sale price higher to $359,000. Meanwhile, the six week average price jumped seven thousand dollars above last week’s number to close at $335,048. That’s about where it was a year ago. The four-week median price spiked higher by more than sixteen thousand dollars and reached $332,500 to beat last year’s number by seventy five hundred dollars.

One fortunate seller got a nice holiday bonus as the sale on their home closed at nearly $16,000 more than they had asked when they put up the sign. On the flip side of the negotiating table, 33 buyers wrapped up a deal that provided them with an average discount of $15,462.

Here is a breakdown of what the sales to listing price ratio looked like on this week’s sales. Please note that those sales that do show a sale price that is greater than the list price are all new properties that spent some period of time on the market, and most likely included additional improvements that were not reflected in the original list price. We report these to you as “at list price sales”, which is likely too generous in some cases, but it’s simply not practical to obtain the full details of each sale.

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Royal LePage Vidorra

Canadian home sales activity slows in October, 2018: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released national sales statistics for October of 2018 today.

According to the report, “Home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems edged back by 1.6% in October 2018. While activity is still stronger compared to the first half of 2018, it remains below monthly levels recorded from early 2014 through 2017.

“Transactions declined in more than half of all local markets, led by Hamilton-Burlington, Montreal and Edmonton. Although activity did improve modestly in many markets, it was offset by a decline in sales elsewhere by a factor of two.”

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales fell 1.6% from September to October.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 3.7% from one year ago.
  • The number of newly listed homes eased 1.1% from September to October.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) was up 2.3% year-over-year (y-o-y) in October.
  • The national average sale price slipped by 1.5% y-o-y in October.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for October of 2018.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

Saskatoon real estate week in review for November 4-10, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales in the residential category fell lower for the sixth week in a row as winter conditions took a firm hold on the market. Local agents reported just 39 firm sales this week, down six from last week, and falling short of sales recorded during the same period last year by 33 units. This is the fifth consecutive week during which sales fell on a year-over-year basis.

New listing activity was also sharply lower as Saskatoon real estate agents added just 119 new listings to the multiple listing service®. That number is lower than the previous week by 32. During the same week last year 161 Saskatoon homes came onto the MLS®.

The total number of Saskatoon homes available to buyers on the MLS® was stable on a weekly basis. As of this morning, 1749 such properties could be found in the “active” category, down just one from a week earlier. A year ago there were 1910 homes for sale on the system. Condo inventory sits at 651, down from 685 a year ago. The number of detached single-family homes for sale is now at 987, down from 1107 on this date last year.

Both the weekly median sale price and the average sale price of a Saskatoon home took marginal gains this week to $344,713 and $337,000 respectively. The six-week average price inched higher by seven hundred dollars from the last period to reach $327,856. That’s about ten thousand dollars lower than it was a year ago. The four-week median price slipped to $315,950 to finish the week down on an annual basis by $11,500.

For the first time in a few weeks, we have one house that sold for more than the asking price. The typical Silverwood Heights four-level split sold $3100 above the seller’s list price. Meanwhile, 37 of the week’s sales went below the list price and netted buyers a discount averaging $13,143.

More weekly stats and numbers for those who love them.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions. All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

A new listing at 416 1st Street East, Langham, Saskatchewan

Welcome to 416 1st Street East, Langham, Saskatchewan

Offered at $250,000 MLS®

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Situated on a large 9,000 sq/ft lot, this great 3 bedroom starter home is where you can enjoy quiet country living in Langham, and all of the amenities of Saskatoon, which is only a short 20 minute drive away. Anglers and water enthusiasts can enjoy a short 7km drive to the river for boating, fishing, or a lazy float. Our gorgeous Saskatchewan summers can be spent in the fully fenced backyard, which features a covered patio, a gazebo, a fire pit, a newer shed and underground sprinklers. The single attached garage with direct entry is perfect for parking your vehicle in the cold, winter months.

The kitchen/eating nook has oak cabinets, and is open to the spacious living room. Both rooms are sunny and bright thanks to the large, north facing, dual pane windows. The bedrooms on the main floor and the living room have newer laminate flooring. No more trudging baskets up and down the stairs, the laundry is also on the main floor.

The lower level is fully developed with a large family room, a kitchenette/wet bar, a 4 piece bathroom, the third bedroom and a large utility room. The furnace was new in 2014 and new shingles, eaves and soffits were installed in October 2018.

Interested parties should contact Lyndon Neher at 306-380-9090 for details and showing arrangements.

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Saskatoon real estate listings continue to fall in October 2018: SRAR

The total number of new MLS® residential listings in Saskatoon this year reached 7,111 by the end of October. This represents a year-over-year decline of 12 percent. By this time last year, 8,065 properties had been listed for sale. The number of residential listings for Saskatoon and region is now at 10,929, down ten percent from last year. New listing numbers have seen year-over-year declines each month this year.

This decline in new listings has contributed to lower inventory levels in Saskatoon. At the end of October, there were a total of 1,808 homes for sale in Saskatoon and an additional 1,095 in the regional market surrounding the city. The five-year average for active listings in Saskatoon is 1,806. The ten-year average is 1,487.

“Since 2015, the Saskatoon market has experienced higher inventories of active listings. This puts downward pressure on prices and upward pressure on the sales to new listing ratio,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®.

The average price of a Saskatoon home was $332,000 at the end of October, down four percent in a year. It’s now lower than it was two years ago by $20,000. Although much focus in real estate is on the average price, this measure can be misleading and is easily skewed by shifts in popular price ranges.

A better indicator of what is happening with home prices is the Home Price Index (HPI). The HPI establishes attributes for “benchmark homes” of various types and tracks price changes for those homes since 2005. The price of a benchmark single-family home in January of 2005 was $140,400. This category reached its peak price in May of 2015 at $329,500. Currently, the benchmark price of a Saskatoon single-family home is $312,600. That’s up slightly from last month, and $1500 higher than it was a year ago. The benchmark price for a typical townhouse in Saskatoon was $222,900 at the close of October. Apartments closed the month at $180,100.

MLS® sales were at 285 for Saskatoon in October, unchanged from the same month last year, but down nine percent from October 2016. Year-to-date, the total number of residential sales on the MLS® system in Saskatoon was 2,964, down two percent from last year. For Saskatoon and region, the total number of sales was 4,074, a one percent decline from 2017.

“It’s encouraging to see home sales at a comparable level to last year in spite of economic challenges and the “stress test” changes to financing earlier this year,” comments Yochim.

Jason Yochim CAE, CRAE
Chief Executive Officer – Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®