Average home price in Saskatoon continues to fall through September, 2018:SRAR

Saskatoon, October 3, 2018.

In the month of September, there were 268 residential sales on the MLS®. This is similar to September of 2017. The total number of sales for the first three quarters of 2018 was 2,679, a five percent decline from last year. By comparison, in the first three months of 2016, there were 2,935 sales in the city of Saskatoon.

Active listings in Saskatoon continued to shrink with a year-over-year decline of seven percent. In Saskatoon, at the end of September there were 1,944 active listings compared to 2,082 a year ago. Active listings are higher in the region surrounding the city which includes the cities of Martensville and Warman. At the end of September there were 1,161 available properties compared to 1,086 for the surrounding area. The decline in available properties is mostly attributable to an overall decline in new listings coming on the market. Year-to-date, there have been 6,521 properties listed in the city of Saskatoon, a decline of 11 percent compared to 2017. In the month of September, there were 648 new listings in Saskatoon. By comparison, in September of 2017 there were 767 new listings and 779 in 2016.

“It seems that sellers who are not highly motivated are choosing to wait until conditions are more favourable to sell,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. “Currently we are in a buyer’s market with elevated levels of inventory and downward trending prices for most properties,” he adds.

Year-to-date, the average price for a home in Saskatoon is $332,700 which represents a decline of four percent from a year ago. By comparison in the past three years, the third quarter average price was $347,165 in 2017 and $352,103 in 2016. Although much focus in real estate is on the average price, the average can be misleading and is easily skewed. A better indicator of what is happening with home prices is the Home Price Index.

The Home Price Index establishes attributes for a home with a base value in 2005. From that starting point, changes in value are recorded over time to get a better sense of what is happening to pricing and how prices are trending. The value for the typical single-family home in January of 2005 was $140,400. It reached its peak in May of 2015 at $329,500. Currently, this value is at $312,200 which is the highest level for 2018 and is virtually unchanged from a month earlier. The Benchmark price for a typical Townhouse style property in Saskatoon was $219,700 last month, this is the lowest point since April of 2007 when the value was $205,300. For apartment style properties, the Benchmark value of $176,200 in September was the first increase since December of 2017 when the value was at $190,600.

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

Saskatoon real estate week in review for September 23-29, 2018

The final week of September delivered strong sales numbers as Saskatoon real estate agents reported a total of 80 firms deals to the multiple listings service®, up from 69 last week, and ahead of sales for the same period last year by ten. The month will close with 272 residential sales to claim a small gain over September 2017 when 261 Saskatoon homes traded hands through the MLS®. This will be the third consecutive month in which sales came in at or above numbers recorded the previous year.

New listing numbers trailed lower this week at 151, down nine from the previous week and well below the 183 homes that were listed over the same period last year.

MLS® inventory slipped lower, but not by much. As of this morning, home buyers had a choice of 1955 properties, down from 1969 at last week’s close, and down further from 2117 a year ago. Looking closer at the major housing categories, I count 1087 single-family homes for sale, well below the number that could be found at the close of the same week last year, 1264. Condo inventory is steady at 745, exactly where it was both a week and a year ago.

Both the weekly median price and the average sale price of a Saskatoon home moved higher this week as more upper-end sales were recorded. Those measures came in at $332,773 and $320,000 respectively.

The six-week average price fell lower for the seventh week in a row to settle at $319,385. That’s down more than $23,000 in a year. This measure’s low point in the chart got me digging into historical numbers and I could not find a number this lower since the close of March 2012.

The four-week median price was stable at $315,000. That’s where it was at last week’s close, and down just $2,000 from the same week last year.

One lucky seller saw an above list price offer that earned them a bonus of $10,100 more than they had asked. On the other hand, 72 of this week’s deals closed below asking price and netted the buyers a hefty average discount of $14,199.

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.

More weekly stats and numbers for those who love them.

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

Canadian home sales grow for fourth consecutive month in August, 2018: CREA

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

According to the report, “National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems edged up by 0.9% in August 2018, marking a fourth consecutive monthly gain. However, sales activity is still running below levels in most other months going back to early 2014.

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales rose 0.9% from July to August.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 3.8% from August 2017.
  • The number of newly listed homes was unchanged from July to August.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) was up 2.5% year-over-year (y-o-y) in August.
  • The national average sale price edged up 1% y-o-y in August.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for August 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 real estate week in review for September 16-22, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales remained stable this week on both a weekly and an annual basis. Local REALTORS® brought 69 firm residential sales to the multiple listing service®, down just three from last week, and up by two compared to the same week last year.

New listings continued to slip lower as they typically do at this time of the year. The total number of Saskatoon homes that showed up as new listings this week was 160, down from 167 the previous week. During the same period last year 189 homes entered the system.

The total number of homes available to buyers through the MLS® in Saskatoon inched higher to 1969 for a weekly increase of eight, and an annual drop of 179. A closer look at the major housing categories shows 1097 single-family detached houses, down from 1262 a year earlier, and 745 condominiums, down from 775 at the close of the same week last year.

The weekly average sale price of a Saskatoon home inched higher to $314,594. Meanwhile, the weekly median fell to $293,000 and reached its lowest point for the year.

The six-week average price took its sixth weekly decline to finish at $320,930. That’s down 30K from where it was a year ago. It’s the lowest number we’ve recorded for this price measure in the past year. The four-week median price broke a four-week losing streak to grow by $2,500 and finish the week at $315,000. That’s about $20,000 lower than it was a year ago.

Seller’s hoping for overbids were shut-out this week. On the other hand 64 of this week’s sales were reported to have sold for less than the asking price. They showed an average discount of $12,761.

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.

More weekly stats and numbers for those who love them.

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 real estate week in review for September 9-15, 2018

The Saskatoon real estate market bounced back over the past week as local REALTORS® reported 72 home sales to the multiple listing service®. That’s up by 21 compared to the previous week, and tops sales for the same period last year by 19. That was enough of a gain to make up for sales declines recorded over the first week of the month September, bringing us about even for the month of September on an annual basis.

New listing numbers grew from 158 last week to reach 167 by the close of business Friday. That number is down when compared to the same week last year when local agents listed 182 Saskatoon homes for sale.

The number of Saskatoon homes available to buyers on the MLS® fell by just five this week to settle at 1961, down from 2127 at the close of the same week in 2017. Today, there are 1086 detached houses for sale, down from 1227 a year earlier. The condominium category shows 753 active listings, down from 788 a year earlier.

With just five sales above the $500K mark, and twice that below $200,000 both the weekly average sale price and the weekly median fell lower to $310,929 and $313,750 respectively. The six-week average price slipped lower for the fourth consecutive week. It finished the period at $325,933 which is lower than last week by two grand, and down annually by nineteen thousand dollars. The four-week median fell for the fifth week in a row to settle at $312,500. That number is down nearly two thousand dollars for the week and sixteen thousand annually.

One lucky seller had a pleasant negotiation that resulted in a deal for $100 more than the list price they selected. It was a good week for buyers, 66 of whom managed to grind a discount that averaged $12,350.

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.

More weekly stats and numbers for those who love them.

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