River Landing Village delayed again: Star Phoenix

According to a story in today’s Star Phoenix, Lake Placid Developments is seeking a one-year extension on the current deadline to complete the excavation of the building site for its proposed $200 million River Landing development.

In a letter to the city, the developer requested an extension to June 30, 2010. City manager, Murray Totland will recommend to city council on Monday that the extension be granted.

Read the Star Phoenix story here.

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Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon’s River Landing Village now for sale, construction to begin soon

I received this email today stating that the title issues we previously heard about that were holding Lake Placid back on the River Landing Village project have been resolved and that construction will begin “as soon as changes are complete.”

Dear Norm,

“The legislation needed to move forward with two of the biggest private developments in the province, both slated for downtown Saskatoon, was passed this week.”

Star Phoenix, May 02 2009

We have very exciting news! We are now offering the Residences at River Landing Village for sale! For those of you that have reserved a unit, this is your opportunity to make that unit yours with a 10% deposit. If you have not reserved a unit we encourage you to visit our sales centre, as we have many great suites still available. Please call Richard or Gail at (306) 683-4350 to make an appointment.

As you may know, we have experienced delays due to the current land titles act. As you can see in the quote above from the Star Phoenix, we have overcome these issues.  In simple terms, the Government is going to allow multiple strata’s (owners and users) on a single title (parcel of land). We are very excited about this progress, and we will begin construction as soon as these changes are complete.

We hope to hear from you soon and encourage you to visit us, as suites are selling quickly!

Sincerely.

Lake Placid River Landing

The River Landing Village website is here.

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Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Just how big a problem are subprime mortgages in Canada?

A story titled, “Canada’s dirty subprime secret,” appears in today’s Globe and Mail and claims that Canadian leaders are simply wrong about the extent to which the subprime mortgage mess will affect Canadians. According to the Globe’s report, it’s a bigger problem than we might have expected and its effects are already being felt in British Columbia and Alberta where “lenders are foreclosing on the homes of overextended borrowers at an alarming pace.”

Since the subprime mortgage meltdown in the United States, Canadian leaders have assured the public that a similar tidal wave of foreclosures can’t hit here. They have cited the prudence and market dominance of Canada’s five most prominent banks, the conservatism of Canadian consumers and the tiny, 7-per-cent market share of subprime lenders, which is much lower than their 22-per-cent market share in the United States. Just four days ago in a speech, Prime Minister Harper said: “We have avoided the extreme of the unregulated, or barely regulated, financial and mortgage industries that has caused such grief around the world.”

However, The Globe’s investigation shows that while Canada’s real estate sector hasn’t suffered as much as its counterpart in the United States, the Prime Minister and others have grossly underestimated the impact of that small portion of subprime lenders. Until recently, companies who touted their low standards with slogans such as “We Say Yes When The Banks Say No!” and “No Income Verification” proliferated here.

Read the Globe and Mail story here.

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 Saskatoon Real Estate

Housing starts tumble across Canada; Saskatoon among the hardest hit

Housing starts across Canada continued to weaken through the month of February falling 59% nationally and 69% in Saskatchewan, according to “Preliminary Housing Start Data” released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation today.  Only British Columbia and Prince Edward Island showed larger drops as both provinces saw starts decline 76% in February compared to the same month last year.

On a year-to-date basis (January and February), housing starts are down 50% across Canada. Saskatchewan leads the provinces showing the largest decline, off 74% with just 152 starts this year compared to 578 for the same period in 2008.

Saskatoon’s year-to-date housing starts sit at 57 units, a decline of 85% over the same period last year. Kelowna was the only Canadian city to post a larger drop with starts falling 96%, year-over-year, from 735 last year to just 28 this year.

Paul Caton, CMHC senior market analyst told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix that new home construction is off to a slow start this year as developers work to finish and sell the houses they began building in 2008.

CMHC’s Preliminary Housing Start Data is here.
The Star Phoenix story is here.

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 Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatchewan’s economic success…a rare commodity: CNN

You might call it hype. You might call it a “glimmer of hope” in a pretty tough time. I’d call it a home run for Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall who managed to pique the interest of CNN.com journalist Mallory Simon with a little “good news” about an economy that has at least some hope of growth in 2009 and 2010.  It started as a story titled, “Saskatchewan: Thousands of jobs open if you don’t mind the moose” and it quickly became “the most viewed and second most emailed story on the media giant’s website” according to Star Phoenix writer Cassandra Kyle in her story from today’s newspaper.

Check the CNN story here.
Cassandra Kyle’s coverage is here.

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 Saskatoon Real Estate