Saskatoon real estate week in review for November 25 – December 1, 2018

After a big bounce in residential sale numbers last week the Saskatoon real estate market cooled again. Unit sales fell to just 49, down from 66 the week before, but ahead of numbers recorded over the same period last year by two.

New listings fell to their lowest level this year as local agents added just 90 Saskatoon homes to the MLS®. That’s 55 fewer homes than were listed the previous week, and 16 fewer than were offered up for sale on the system over the same week of 2017.

The inventory of active residential real estate listings available through the multiple listing service® fell to 1631 by this morning as 122 listings came to the end of their term without a sale. Total listings slipped by 111 units from last week and are down by nearly 150 homes from a year ago and now at the lowest level recorded since mid-March. A closer look at the major categories of housing shows 917 single-family detached homes for sale in Saskatoon, down from 1007 at this time last year. Condo inventory fell by 45 on an annual basis leaving us with 608 properties bearing an active status.

A solid showing of buyers at the upper end of the real estate market pushed the weekly average sale price, and the weekly median price higher to $339,884 and $325,000 respectively. The six-week average price moved higher as it has during five of the past six weeks. It finished the week at $340,505. That is up more than seven thousand dollars from last week, enough for an annual gain of about twelve hundred dollars. This is also the first time the measure broke $340K since mid-February. Meanwhile, the four-week median price slipped lower by twenty-five hundred dollars from a week earlier. It settled at $327,500 to close the period up annually by more than eleven thousand dollars.

One Saskatoon home seller found themselves in a bidding war resulting in a sale price that exceeded their asking price by two thousand dollars. Buyers won the week with 43 of 49 sales reporting a sale price that netted those buyers an average discount of $14,388.

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