Saskatoon real estate listings (MLS®) fall for 8th 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 August of 2018 follows.

For the seventh straight month, the number of active residential listings in the Saskatoon market was down year-over-year (it’s actually eight consecutive months, but who’s counting). At the end of August, there were 2,019 active residential listings in the city, a decline of eight percent from a year ago. Of the active listings, approximately 1,227 are single family homes while just over 780 are condominiums. The decline in active listings is largely due to a drop in the number of homes listed this year compared to last. To date, a total of 5,875 residential properties have been listed in Saskatoon on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®). That’s down 11 percent when compared to the end of August last year. “In a slower market, one typically sees fewer speculative sellers than in a hot market,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. “It’s important to bear in mind that homes sell in all markets. If a seller needs to sell then they must be sure to have good advice and price to the current market conditions,” adds Yochim.

In the month of August, there were 329 residential sales through the MLS®. This is on par with August of 2018 and just slightly below the five year average of 352. Year-to-date, there have been 2,411 residential MLS® sales in Saskatoon. Of these 1,751 are single-family properties, unchanged compared to the first eight months of last year. On the other hand, 648 condominiums traded by the end of last month, 11 percent fewer than last year.

Year-to-date, MLS® sales of homes priced between $200,000 – 300,000 totaled 657 transactions, down from 707 last year. The number of homes that sold between $350,000-750,000 was also lower by just over 100 sales from 1,036 transactions in 2017. So far in 2018, a total of 41 properties have sold in excess of $750,000 in Saskatoon, on par with last year.

The Home Price Index (HPI) Value for a single-family home in Saskatoon increased slightly from July to $312,200. The HPI measures the change in value over time for a typical single family home with a standard set of attributes. This rate of change reports similar to the Consumer Price Index and is the most accurate indicator of home pricing. The HPI value for townhouse style residences declined for the month to $225,200, down from $234,400 in July. Benchmark pricing for apartment style condominiums continues to decline for the eighth straight month. Year-to-date, the average sale price was $334,226, down four percent decrease from this time last year. Average prices can be misleading as outlier sales can skew the average sale value one way or the other over a short period of time. This is why the median price of HPI value is a better indicator of the market.

Last month, the average home in Saskatoon took 52 days to sell in Saskatoon. The five year average for the month of August is 50.4 days.

For further information, please contact:

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

Canadian homes sales grow for third consecutive month in July of 2018: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released national sales statistics for July of 2018 today.

According to the report, “Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from June to July 2018. National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems rose 1.9% in July 2018, building on increases in each of the two previous months but still running below levels recorded from mid-2013 to the end of last year.

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales rose 1.9% from June to July.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 1.3% from July 2017.
  • The number of newly listed homes edged down 1.2% from June to July.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in July was up 2.1% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price edged up 1% y-o-y.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for July 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 home sales increase significantly in July of 2018: SRAR

The month of July saw an increase of over 25 percent in Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales activity, year-over-year (Norm’s note: that is the largest year-over-year increase for any month in the past five years). In July, a total of 390 Saskatoon homes were sold, up from 310 transactions in the same month of 2017. Year-to-date, MLS® transactions for Saskatoon were down 3.3 percent with 2,082 home sales compared to 2,152 to the end of July 2017. “Although one month does not constitute a trend, it is very encouraging to see such a significant increase in activity during a month when many buyers typically leave town on vacation,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®.

MLS® sales below $200,000 totaled 57 in July, 55 percent higher than in July of 2017. Year-to-date, sales in the same price range increased by 26 percent to 307 transactions. Homes that sold for between $300,000 and $400,000 showed an increase of 27 percent over the previous July. The number of sales year-to-date in this price range totaled 1,229 for a decline of five percent compared to sales by this time in 2017. Home sales at prices that exceeded $400,000 totaled 540 so far this year, a decline of 12 percent over the previous year.
Another positive indicator is a decline in the number of new MLS® listings coming on to the market. A total of 710 new MLS® listings were added to the system in July, a decrease of ten percent over the same period of last year, and well below the five-year average of 830 listings. Fewer new listings combined with an increase in sales reduced the number of active listings from 2,109 in June to 2,048 at the end of July. The five-year average for active MLS® listings at this time of year is 1,977 units. “Lower inventory levels will help move the market from a buyer’s market towards balance and stabilize home prices,” adds Yochim.


Year-to-date, the average sale price of a residential property in Saskatoon was $334,676, down 4.1 percent from the same period last year.

Average prices can be misleading as outlier sales can skew the average sale value one way or the other over a short period of time. This is why the median price of Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark value is a better indicator of the market. The HPI measures the change in value over time for a typical single family home with a standard set of attributes. This rate of change reports similar to the Consumer Price Index and is the most accurate indicator of home pricing.

The (HPI) benchmark value for Saskatoon single-family homes saw a slight decrease to $315,400 compared to $315,800 at the end of June (Norm’s note: a 1.3 percent annual decline).

The HPI benchmark value for townhouse style properties continued on an upward trend, increasing by 1.2 percent for the month to $234,400 (Norm’s note: down 6.4 percent, year-over-year).

Last month, Saskatoon homes took an average of 49 days to sell. The five-year average days to sell during July is 48.

For more information contact:

Jason Yochim
CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®

Canadian home sales see “first meaningful rise” since new mortgage stress testing began: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released national sales statistics for June of 2018 today.

According to the report, “National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems rose 4.1% in June 2018 compared to May. While this marks the first substantive month-over-month increase this year, sales remain well down from monthly levels recorded over the past five years.”

“This year’s new stress-test on mortgage applicants has been weighing on homes sales activity; however, the increase in June suggests its impact may be starting to lift,” said CREA President Barb Sukkau. “The extent to which the stress-test continues to sideline home buyers varies by housing market and price range. All real estate is local, and REALTORS® remain your best source for information about sales and listings where you live or might like to in the future,” said Sukkau.

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales rose 4.1% from May to June.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 10.7% from June 2017.
  • The number of newly listed homes eased 1.8% from May to June.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in June was up 0.9% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price edged down 1.3% y-o-y in June.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for June 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

Dollar Volume of Saskatoon Home Sales Continues to Decline Through June 2018

At the mid-point of the year, the total dollar volume for residential MLS® sales in Saskatoon sits at $565,435,958. This is down 12 percent from last year and is the lowest dollar volume of sales for any June in the past ten years. “This is a reflection of a decrease in unit sales volume coupled with lower prices,” according to Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. Last month there were 350 MLS® home sales, an 11 percent decline from last June and the lowest number of homes sold for the month of June in 10 years. Year-to-date, 1,693 Saskatoon homes have sold through the MLS®, down eight percent from this time last year.

Year-to-date, the average sale price was $333,985, down five percent from the same period last year. The highest average residential sale price for June was in 2015 at $361,719. Average prices can be misleading as outlier sales can skew the average sale value one way or the other over a short period of time. This is why the median price of HPI value is a better indicator of the market.

The median sale price of a Saskatoon home (all residential categories) was $316,500 in June, its lowest point this year, and down from $330,000 in January. The Home Price Index (HPI) Value for Saskatoon single-family homes continued its slow but steady increase from February when it was $308,900 and climbing to $315,800 at the end of June. The HPI Value for single-family residential reached its highest level in May of 2015 at $331,800. The HPI value for apartments has been on a steady decline since January but appears to have leveled out at $179,100. HPI value for townhouse style residences has been trending up sharply since March and was at $231,600. The HPI measures the change in value over time for a typical home with a standard set of attributes. This index works similarly to the Consumer Price Index and is the most accurate indicator of home pricing.

Inventory levels continue to be elevated with 2,109 residential properties available on the MLS® in Saskatoon at the end of June. This is just slightly above the five-year average for active listings which is 1,990. The sales to listing ratio remained virtually unchanged from a year ago at 40%. The sale-to-listing ratio is a comparison of the number of sales for a period of time to the number of new listings. This number shows that four out of every ten homes that hit the market end up selling. In reality, this percentage is likely higher as many homeowners that do not sell will cancel their current listing and re-list, often at a different price. This elevates the true number of listings relative to sales. Last month, it took 47 days on average to sell a Saskatoon home, unchanged from May of this year.

Jason Yochim
CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®