Average Saskatoon house and condominium prices by area for 2006

I have completed my updates to the TeamFisher’s neighbourhood pages for 2006. Each neighbourhood page includes details on sales of houses and condominiums in the area including the low sale price, the high sale price and the average sale price for 2006.

I did something a little different this year in that I also included the average selling price of houses and condominiums for the last six months. I plan to update those numbers on a monthly basis so that a more accurate reflection of what’s happening in the Saskatoon real estate market, and within your neighbourhood can be seen at any time. With the sharp increases our market experienced through 2006, the annual average from the previous year was almost useless as we approached the close of the year. The averages shown didn’t really give an accurate picture of current Saskatoon real estate values.

We get a lot of visits from people who live outside of the province, who are considering a move to Saskatoon so these updated profiles are helpful in determining which areas meet their price objectives.

Another feature which will be added soon (hopefully before the New Year) is a graph which shows the change in average selling prices for each area over a ten year period. I have the data put together and we just need to prepare and post the graphs.

Do you know someone who is moving to Saskatoon? Why not refer them to our website? They’ll find it a great resource in their search for Saskatoon real estate.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

Merry Christmas Mr. Hinitt

They say, “all good things must come to an end.” However sad, it’s true. On the front page of this morning’s Star Phoenix, an image of the smiling Mr. Hinitt appears with the headline, “Bob Hinitt Hangs up His Hammer. (story now removed)”

The announcement marks the end of what became a Saskatoon Christmas tradition. For the past 59 years, Bob Hinitt gave us all a gift that brought us joy year after year. Thousands have driven by his Adelaide Churchill area home to enjoy the fabulous Christmas displays which he has constructed on his front lawn faithfully since 1947. A Bug’s Life, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Winnie the Pooh and 54 other magnificent displays of this man’s magical spirit of giving all brought a smile to our chilled faces as we stood and marveled at their brilliance; his brilliance.

According to the Star Phoenix, Mr. Hinitt, who is 80 this year, realized that he could no longer manage this challenging project following a knee replacement surgery this year. “I’m depressed and blue, because, to me, that’s what Christmas was” he is quoted as saying. “What I feel bad about is that (the organizations) won’t have that money this year. The animals need that. They need someone to fend for them.” Mr. Hinitt’s yard display always contained kettles for voluntary donations which were contributed to the Saskatoon Zoo and the SPCA. Last year, he managed to raise $3,000 for the two organizations; another year saw $12,000 land in the kettles.It occurred to me this evening that a donation to one or both of these fine causes would be a beautiful gift to Mr. Hinitt; kind of a fitting way to say “thank you for what you’ve given us.” Can you find a few dollars to give in Mr. Hinitt’s honour? I think I can.

Mr. Hinitt, thank you for all you’ve given this community. Merry Christmas sir!

Saskatoon Zoo Society

Saskatoon SPCA

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

How to get organized and stay organized

My day to day work takes me in and out of a lot of homes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that many people struggle with organization. A terribly disorganized home might feel homey to you, but it does little for showings at your property. In fact, many home buyers have difficulty looking past clutter. Often, their eyes dart back and forth from one pile of stuff to the next and completely overlook what’s most important; your home. Clutter robs your home of space, which everybody needs and it creates a feeling of chaos in many people, not an ideal feeling when you want them to feel at home.

Disorganization will not only have a negative impact on your Saskatoon real estate sale. For many people, being disorganized causes stress. Perhaps you’ve felt it yourself. Is 2007 your year to get organized? If so, I’ve found a website that could be your best friend. Life Organizers is all about helping you get your stuff together. It’s packed with great ideas on organizing almost every area of your life.

  • Your home
  • Office or home office
  • Clutter
  • Finances
  • Time management
  • Mind, body, and spirit
  • Cleaning
  • School and family
  • Wires and cables
  • Moving
  • Weddings

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

Saskatoon earns designation as a smart city

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Saskatoon is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to leading edge work in natural and applied science fields. There’s the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research centre, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, and of course, the Canadian Light Source. All of these exciting ventures promised to give Saskatoon a reputation as an outstanding “science city.” It seems that those promises are being delivered on.

A report released this week by the Scotiabank Group shows that Saskatoon has the strongest annual percentage growth in its science workforce so far over the last ten years. Only KitchenerWaterloo managed to match the growth seen here. The report, Smart Cities: High-knowledge Industries and Regional Prosperities shows that Saskatoon is in fact ahead of the national average when it comes to the percentage of the workforce which earn their income from natural and applied sciences. In 1996, only 4.4% of Saskatoon’s population worked in science related fields. Today, 7 % of our population or 8,900 people do just that.

You’ve got to hand it to Saskatoon people. They can typically be counted on to do things with a sense of pride that yields positive results.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

An aquarium in your toilet? Why not? Then again, why?

Perhaps the stupidest idea that I’ve come across in a good long while, the Fish-n-Flush is an aquarium for your toilet. Yes, it true. You can now combine your love of aquatic life with your daily bathroom duties. For only $400 Canadian dollars you can purchase this “striking” piece of bathroom technology which is a fully functioning toilet tank, sporting a fully functional aquarium.

As far as I can tell you would actually replace the tank of your existing toilet with the stylish aquarium tank. The Fish-n-Flush is not yet available in Saskatoon retail stores but can be ordered online (google it).

I have to wonder if this one has a future. I will almost certainly recommend that you take yours with you if I’m called to market your home. Since it’s a fixture it might be best if we replace it before the home goes on the market.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra