Saskatoon real estate week in review: February 18-24, 2018

Saskatoon real estate agents reported 51 firm residential sales to the multiple listing service® this week, down four from the previous week, to fall short of numbers recorded for the same period last year by just one. As of today, total residential sales for the calendar year are roughly on par with where they were at this time in 2017. Where January had produced some healthy increases in the number of homes that traded (compared to the previous January), some momentum has been lost in February and it appears that we may see modest year-over-year declines by the time the dust settles at month end.

Meanwhile, the number of new listings added to the MLS® fell lower on an annual basis for the eighth consecutive week. A total of just 106 Saskatoon homes hit the market this week, a decline of seven from last week, and down from 133 for the same period a year ago.

As of this morning, the total number of active MLS® listings for Saskatoon in the residential category sits at 1573, up just 14 from last week’s close, and down by 148 (about an 8.5% decline) from the close of the same week last year. While still very early in the year, this is definitely the slowest early-year growth that we’ve seen in a few years. Buyers have just 836 single-family homes to choose from, down from 894 at this time last year. Condo inventory is also lower than it was a year ago, by 30 units. Today there are 653 Saskatoon condos for sale on the multiple listing service®.

With far fewer trades reporting a sale price exceeding $500K, and a good measure of Saskatoon homes selling at price points below $250,000 both the weekly median price and the weekly average fell lower to just $307,000 and $316,675 respectively. Coming off of a strong drop last week, the six-week average price grew by nearly $2,500 from last week to finish at $337,436 and claiming an annual increase of roughly $1,600. The four-week median price slipped more than six thousand dollars from the previous week to $329,500. That was up 13K from where it sat at the close of the same week last year.

Buyers largely won at the negotiating table this week as not a single seller saw an offer come in above their asking price. In fact, 48 of the week’s 51 firm sales were reported to have sold below list price netting the buyer an average discount of $16,102.

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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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

Canadian home sales fall sharply in January, 2018: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released national sales statistics for the month of January 2018 late last week.

According to the report, “Home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems dropped sharply in January after having climbed to the highest monthly level on record in December. Although activity retreated to the lowest monthly level in three years, January sales were on par with the 10-year monthly average.”

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales declined by 14.5% from December 2017 to January 2018.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 2.4% year-over-year in January.
  • The number of newly listed homes plunged 21.6% from December 2017 to January 2018.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in January was up 7.7% year-over-year.
  • The national average sale price advanced by 2.3% year-over-year.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for January 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: February 11-17, 2018

While the number of Saskatoon real estate sales grew from 51 last week to 55 this week, they fell lower on an annual basis. During the same period last year, 66 residential trades were reported to the multiple listing service®.

New listing activity dropped more sharply on both a weekly and an annual basis. Local REALTORS® submitted 113 Saskatoon homes to the MLS® over the past week, down from 131 the previous week, and well below the 156 that were added over the same period of 2017.

Active MLS® inventory once again failed to gain much traction over the past seven days as total listings in the residential category grew by just six to reach 1559, down from 1707 at the close of the same week last year. That’s a near nine percent annual decline. Total active residential listing numbers have only been lower at the close of one week (the first of 2017) in the past two years. If the current trend continues, the 2018 active listings line on our chart could easily find itself intersecting with the 2015 line soon. Still, it’s too early to develop a clear picture of where these numbers may go. Typically, new listings numbers just begin to gather some serious steam through the month of March. Today’s tallies show we have 828 single-family homes for sale in Saskatoon, down from 874 a year ago. Available condominium units are at 651, down from 682 at this time last year.

Strengthened activity for home sales below $250,000 brought both the weekly median sale price and the average sale price lower to $335,000 and $320,023 respectively. Consequently, the six-week average sale price of a Saskatoon home fell lower by nearly fourteen thousand dollars compared to last week and settled at $335,000. That’s its lowest point this year, and roughly 5K below where it was a year ago. Meanwhile, the four-week median sale price took some small gains rising to $335,700 to claim a year-over-year gain of a bit more than thirteen thousand dollars.

Once again, just one seller managed to close a deal for more money than they had asked, but they scored big with a bonus paid of $10,100, easily the highest overbid we’ve seen in months. Most buyers refused to pay the asking price this week as 49 trades were reported to have sold at an average discount of $15,949.

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

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

Saskatoon real estate week in review: February 4-10, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales fell lower this week with a total of 51 firm residential sales being reported to the local MLS®, a weekly drop of five, and down just one when compared against the same week last year.

New listing activity also came down with 131 Saskatoon homes being added to the multiple listing service, down three from the previous week, for an annual decline of 26 units. This is the sixth consecutive week in which new listings fell short of meeting last year’s numbers.

With a decent year-over-year increase in the number of homes that have sold, and weaker new listing numbers, inventory growth has been slower than what we’ve seen in recent years. The database of active residential listings within the city of Saskatoon grew by 35 this week to reach 1553, which leaves us shy of numbers recorded at this time last year by 116 homes. The number of single-family homes that are currently on the MLS grew by 28 from last week’s close to reach 822, down nearly 40 units from levels recorded a year earlier. Condo inventory moved higher by 13 this week to settle at 648 for an annual drop of just eight. The balance of the losses to total inventory is in the smaller categories like lots, semi-detached homes, duplexes, mobiles, etc.

Fewer high end sales contributed to a decline in the weekly median sale price and the weekly average which slid to $325,000 and $345,300 respectively. The six-week average price still managed to make some gains as it grew about five hundred dollars from the previous week’s close to reach $347,808 and finishing ahead of last year by just under ten thousand dollars. Meanwhile, the four-week median price softened and lost about 6K on the week while still maintaining an annual increase similar in size to that seen in the six-week average price.

One lucky seller found themselves dealing with multiple offers that led to some overbid activity. They wrapped up a deal at $5,100 more than their asking price. Buyers largely won at the negotiating table at 46 of this week’s 51 sales were reported to have sold below the seller’s asking price netting a decent discount which averaged $14,418.

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.

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 available here. Please feel free to call or email.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

Saskatoon homes sales increase for third consecutive month: SRAR

A media release from the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® with an overview of residential MLS® sales and listing activity for the month of January 2018 follows.

Saskatoon home sales are off to a positive start in 2018. The number of transactions that occurred in January was 203 which represents an 11 percent increase over January of 2017. The five-year average for January is 194 units. Last month’s sales activity also resulted in an increase in the overall dollar volume by 10.5 percent to $90,673,143 which is the highest dollar volume for any January since 2014. Sales in the region surrounding Saskatoon, including the cities of Warman and Martensville showed a 27.5 percent increase with 65 transactions and an 11.7 percent increase in dollar volume to $18,049,600.

“While it is still very early in the year, the past three months have shown trends of increasing sales for Saskatoon, which is certainly a positive sign after many months of lower sales”, according to Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR).

The average sale price for a home in Saskatoon was $344,771, up one percent from last January while the median price increased by 4.1 percent to $330,000. Significant increases in the number of homes selling in the higher price ranges contributed to these upward pricing changes. Overall the number of sales between $400,000 and $1 million increased by 45 percent with 64 sales. The number of homes that sold in January between $500,000 and $750,000 made up just over a third of the 64 transactions. The number of home sales between $200,000 and $300,000 remained strong and consistent with last January at 56 transactions. Many of these would be condominium sales which helps to absorb inventory in that sector of the market.

The Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark value declined by 4.1 percent in January to $293,300, its lowest point since February of 2012. With the exception of a couple of months in the spring of last year, the HPI composite value has been in an overall decline since August of 2016 when it was at $317,600.

“If inventory levels continue to decline due to absorption and fewer properties being listed, we should expect to see some increase in home prices later in the year,” predicts Yochim. The number of active listings in Saskatoon at the end of January was 1,529, the lowest level in the past three years for January and a four percent reduction from last year. This was aided by the increase in sales and a 14 percent decline in the number of new listings for January.

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