Saskatoon real estate market continues recovery in July 2009: SRAR

The Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) released the residential real estate statistics for July 2009 today, accompanied by this release.

Many home buyers were active in the real estate market this past July. Residential unit sales were up 28% with 440 units selling as compared to 2008 when 345 properties exchanged hands. Year to date 2,306 units have sold down slightly from 2008 when 2,498 units sold.

The average selling price continued to correct ending off the month at $283,619.00 down 3% from last July when the average selling price was $292,714.00. Year to date the average selling price was $277,512.00 down 4% from 2008 when the average was $289,746.00.

Listing inventories continued to correct during the month of July with 1,291 homes being available for purchase. This number is down significantly from a high of 1748 homes for sale in September of 2008. Inventory levels at this time of the year in 2004, 2005 and 2006 stood typically between 700 and 800 properties for sale.

Sales activity in the areas surrounding Saskatoon was also very active with 109 sales that number up 51% from July 2008 when 72 were sold. Year to date 525 units have sold down 13% from 2008 when 606 homes had exchanged hands.

The average selling price in July was $253,764.00 down 5% from 2008 when the average was $265,852.00. Year to date the average selling price in areas around Saskatoon is up 6% at $245,920.00.

Consumers are expressing a general confidence in the local economy, which is translating into home purchases. Interest rates are excellent and the job market is remaining steady contributing favorably to those wanting to enter the housing market. Market activity is expected to remain consistent for the remainder of the third quarter.

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Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon real estate: Week in review (July 27-31 2009)

Home sales showed no signs of slowing down this week as Saskatoon real estate agents reported one hundred and two single-family detached house and condominium sales to the MLS system, bringing about the third strongest sales week of 2009, and the fourth consecutive week of rising sales. The number of homes sold increased just four units from the previous week, and showed gains of twenty-two when compared to the same week last year.

The pace of new listings entering the market continued to slow as one might expect at this time of year sliding eleven units from last week to ninety-one, and down sharply from the same week in 2008 when one hundred and thirty-nine Saskatoon homes were offered for sale.

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Active residential real estate listings took another slide this week as unit sales exceeded new listings for the first time in 2009. An additional fifty-one properties expired without a sale, most as the calendar turned to the month of August. This is fairly typical of month end, and throughout the year we’ve seen many of those month-end expired listings come back on the market during the first week of the following month, although that didn’t happen last month.

Total active residential listings are down eighteen percent from the same week in 2008 when they reached 1500 properties. Today there are 741 single-family detached houses and 393 condominiums showing an active status. During the last week of July 2008 there were 976 single-family homes and 418 condos for sale, so clearly, the inventory of houses has seen the greatest downward trend falling twenty-four percent in recent months, while the condo inventory has slid just six percent.

The average selling price of a Saskatoon home bounced back this week reaching $290,542, more than seventeen thousand dollars higher than last week. The six-week average edged higher on a week-over-week basis to $287,927, falling short of last year’s number by just eighty-five hundred dollars and reaching its highest point since the first week of November 2008. The four-week median climbed to $275,960, a gain of six thousand dollars over the week before, but remained down by twelve thousand dollars from the same week last year. The year-over-year declines are actually starting to look quite slight when compared with the much larger gaps we were seeing over the past few months.

Meanwhile, fifty-eight sellers adjusted the asking price that they’d initially put on their home, and an additional fifteen properties were canceled and re-listed on the Saskatoon MLS system, most at a new price.

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The average underbid on properties that sold below the asking price grew again reaching $13,550, up from $12,014 last week. This represents an average discount of 4.5% from the list price, approximately.3% higher than last week. Larger average discounts were driven higher by a few extremely large cuts to the asking price, while a slightly larger number of sellers actually found a buyer willing to pay a price within ten thousand dollars of the asking price.

See a Google map displaying the boundaries of Saskatoon real estate “areas” here
Data collection and calculation for our statistical reports

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.

Real estate geeks can follow our daily updates on Twitter @Norm_Fisher.

Our Saskatoon home search tool offers MLS listings represented by all real estate brands, presented with more detail than you’ll find anywhere else. Check it out here.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon real estate: Week in review (July 20-24 2009)

The Saskatoon real estate market continued to operate at levels far stronger than one might expect given the current economic conditions, and the time of the year. Agents reported ninety-eight firm sales to the MLS, an increase of just six units compared to last week, but a gain of thirty-nine home sales compared to the same week last year.

New listings of Saskatoon houses and condos dropped, falling from one hundred and fourteen homes last week, to just one hundred and two, down twenty-two properties on a year-over-year basis. Thirteen listings in the same categories expired this week without a successful sale.

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The total number of active home listings available to Saskatoon real estate buyers edged down again, falling twenty units from the close of last week to finish at 1290 properties, the lowest level we’ve seen since the week of February 23-27 when 1298 homes were for sale. Active listings are down fourteen percent on a year-over-year basis. During the same week in 2008 there were 1506 Saskatoon homes for sale.

The next few weeks will be interesting, and somewhat telling with regards to where our market is headed as we move into fall. Last year, active listings grew aggressively through August and September climbing from 1500 to 1756 over an eight-week period. Will the current downward trend continue, or will failed sellers of the past year who have been waiting for better days resurface to try again?

In prices, fifty-seven home sellers adjusted their asking price over the course of the last week. A total of thirty-three Saskatoon MLS listings were canceled or withdrawn from the system, with eighteen of those homes re-appearing as a “new listing,” most a new lower price.

The average selling price of a Saskatoon home slipped again for the second consecutive week and settled at $273,128. Meanwhile, the six-week average managed to make some small gains climbing from $281,555 last week to finish at $283,520, a mere eighty-nine dollars off of the peak price for 2009, but down just under $20,000 compared to the same week in 2008. The four-week median selling price took a pretty good dip sliding nine thousand dollars from last week to $270,000, which is $15,000 lower than the same week last year.

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The average underbid grew from $11,605 last week to $12,014, or roughly 4.2 percent of the asking price. Home buyers ground a slightly better deal in some instances as the percentage of sellers bagging a deal within $10,000 of their asking price fell to fifty-eight from sixty-five last week. The percentage of buyers who managed a discount of more than $15,000 grew from fourteen to nineteen percent.

See a Google map displaying the boundaries of Saskatoon real estate “areas” here
Data collection and calculation for our statistical reports

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.

Real estate geeks can follow our daily updates on Twitter @Norm_Fisher.

Our Saskatoon home search tool offers MLS listings represented by all real estate brands, presented with more detail than you’ll find anywhere else. Check it out here.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon real estate: Week in review (July 13-17 2009)

Saskatoon real estate agents reported ninety-two sales of single-family detached homes and condominiums to our MLS system this week, a gain of just one property compared to the previous week, and up twenty-one homes compared to the same week last year.

New listings of houses and condos increased to one hundred and fourteen properties, up from one hundred and three last week, but down fifty-two units compared to the same week last year when one hundred and sixty-six Saskatoon homes were offered up for sale.

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Total active residential listings fell again sliding by nine units from last week to finish at 1310, a decline of roughly twelve percent compared to this time last year when 1500 properties were available.

Sixty-three home sellers adjusted their asking price this week while another fourteen canceled and relisted their property, most at a new price.

The average selling price of a home in Saskatoon retreated and fell just over $16,000 compared to last week to settle at $284,638. The six-week average held steady on a week-over-week basis at $281,555, but was sharply lower year-over-year, down from $304,824. The four-week median edged up $2,500 compared to last week, down $11,000 compared to the same week in 2008 when it reached $290,000.

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The average underbid slid to $11,605, down from $14,262 last week. The average discount came in at 4% of the asking price.

See a Google map displaying the boundaries of Saskatoon real estate “areas” here
Data collection and calculation for our statistical reports

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.

Follow our daily updates on Twitter @Norm_Fisher.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate