Canadian homes sales reach a five-year low as measures to cool markets hit the mark: CREA

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

According to the report, “National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems remained little changed in May 2018. Having edged 0.1% lower, it marked the lowest level for national sales activity in more than five years. Slightly more than half of all local housing markets reported fewer sales in May compared to April, led by the Okanagan region, Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley, together with the Durham region of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Quebec City. Declines in activity were offset by gains in Calgary, Thunder Bay, Brantford, London and St. Thomas, Oakville-Milton and the Quinte Region west of Kingston. A small increase in GTA sales also supported the national tally.”

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales edged down 0.1% from April to May.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 16.2% from May 2017..
  • The number of newly listed homes rose 5.1% from April to May.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in May was up 1% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price declined by 6.4% y-o-y in May.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for May of 2018.

CREA’s updated Canadian housing forecast can also be found 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.

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Saskatoon home buyer’s market persists through May, 2018: SRAR

Fewer homeowners were ready to put their home on the market this year compared to last. In May, a total of 943 properties were added on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Saskatoon representing a nine percent decline from last May. Year-to-date, there have been 13 percent fewer homes listed in Saskatoon.

The total number of active listings in Saskatoon at the end of May was 2,001, just slightly above the five-year average of 1,945 units. “Typically we see the highest number of active listings between May and September,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. “It’s the most active time in our market, largely due to favourable weather,” he added. Saskatoon MLS® inventory levels reached an all-time high in July of last year with 2,210 homes for sale. At the current rate of sales, it would take five and a half months to liquidate the current stock of active listings.

In May, there were 364 Saskatoon homes sold, a decrease of 13 percent from the same month last year. Year-to-date, sales for the city are down seven percent with a total of 1,345 residential MLS® home sales. So far this year, sales have declined in every price range with the exception of the under $200,000 range which saw a 30 percent increase with a total of 203 sales. The price range with the greatest decline in sales were homes priced between $450-500,000 with a year-to-date total of 85 sales, a 17 percent drop from last year. Homes selling between $750,000 and $1M are on par with last year at 19 sales. Sales with prices in excess of $1M however are off sharply with three just MLS® sales year-to-date. In 2017, there were three home sales in May alone over $1M and nine year-to-date.

The sales-to-listing ratio fell from 43 percent in April to 39 percent in May. The sales-to-listing ratio is a comparison of the number of sales for a period of time against the number of new listings. “Saskatoon remains a buyer’s market, however, homes that are priced to market and in good condition will still command great interest and in some cases competing offers,” comments Yochim. Last month, the average home in Saskatoon took 47 days to sell. This is the lowest time to sell so far this year.

Year-to-date, the average sale price was $334,449, a four percent decrease from the same period last year. Since averages can be misleading, a better reflection of the market is the median. The median home sale price year to date is $320,000. The five year average for median residential home sale prices in Saskatoon is $341,980.

The Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Price (HPI) continued on an upward trend for most home types (except apartments) again in May. The HPI is the most accurate indicator of where home prices are trending.

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

Canadian homes sales decline to lowest level in five years in April, 2018: CREA

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

According to the report, “National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems declined by 2.9% in April 2018 to the lowest level in more than five years. About 60% of all local housing markets reported fewer sales, led by the Fraser Valley, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal.” Gregory Klump, CREA’s Chief Economist went on to add, “This year’s new stress test has lowered sales activity and destabilized market balance for housing markets in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador Provinces.”

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales fell 2.9% from March to April.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 13.9% from April 2017.
  • The number of newly listed homes declined 4.8% from March to April.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in April was up 1.5% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price declined by 11.3% y-o-y in April.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for April 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

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Saskatoon homes sales gain some ground in April, 2018: SRAR

Saskatoon home sales were up 6.7 percent compared to April of last year with 335 units selling last month. This represents a third of home sales in Saskatoon so far this year. Although year-to-date sales for the first four months of 2018 are down 4.8 percent from 2017, last month’s increase in sales helped to close the gap. The increase in April sales was also a welcome reversal of a two month trend of declining sales seen during February and March. Unit sales for April showed increases for homes priced under $350,000. “Homes that are properly priced in that entry level have been seeing competing offers in many cases,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. Sales of homes in the $400,000 to $450,000 range increased by 30 percent in April over the same month last year with 39 sales being reported.

Also of note, year-to-date there have only been two residential sales over $1M in Saskatoon compared with six for the first four months in 2017.

The number of active residential MLS® listings in Saskatoon at the end of April was 1,834. This is consistent with the five-year average of 1,830. The drop is largely due to a decrease in the number of new listings brought to the market. The number of new listings for the first third of 2018 was 2,594 compared to 3,024 by this time last year, a 14 percent decline, year-over-year.

The sales to listing ratio improved to 43 percent, up from 37 during the same month last year. The sales to listing ratio is a comparison of the number of sales for a period of time to the number of new listings. “Although the sales to listing ratio is moving towards balance, I emphasize we are still in a buyer’s market,” cautions Yochim. The increase in this ratio in April was largely due to the 6.5 percent reduction in new listings and the comparative 6.7 percent increase in sales. Last month, the average home in Saskatoon took 53 days to sell compared with the five year average of 47 days. 

The average sale price saw its first increase this year as it grew by 1.75 percent to $318,729 in April. For the first quarter of 2018, the average home sale price in Saskatoon was $333,826. Since averages can be misleading, a better reflection of the market is the median. The median home sale price increased slightly from March to $320,000. The five year average for median residential home sale prices in Saskatoon is $332,650. 

The Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Price (HPI) increased slightly for the second straight month to $294,100. This appears to indicate an upward trend for home prices going forward.The HPI is the most accurate indicator of where home prices are trending.

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

Canadian homes sales improve slightly in March, 2018: CREA

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

According to the report, “Home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems edged up 1.3 % from February to March 2018. Despite having improved marginally in March, national sales activity in the first quarter slid to the lowest quarterly level since the first quarter of 2014.

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales inched up 1.3% from February to March.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 22.7% from last year’s all-time March record.
  • The number of newly listed homes rose 3.3% from February to March.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in March was up 4.6% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price declined by 10.4% y-o-y in March.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for March 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