Saskatoon real estate week in review for October 28 – November 3, 2018

The Saskatoon real estate market recorded the smallest number of residential sales for any week since mid-January 2018. A total of 45 firm deals were reported to the MLS® this week, down from 64 the previous week and falling short of sales for the same period last year by four. This is the fourth consecutive week in which reported sales fell short of the previous year’s numbers.

New listings spiked higher for the period as 151 Saskatoon homes were added to the multiple listing service®. That number is well up from 118 last week but below the 170 listings that entered the system during the same period last year. This is the eight week in a row in which new listings numbers were down annually. The big listing week can largely be attributed to month end expired listings. At the close of October 132 listings came to the end of their term without a sale. Many of those were re-listed for another go at the market.

The inventory of Saskatoon MLS® listings fell lower to 1750 residential properties, its lowest point since April. That number is down 63 from last week’s close. There now are 153 fewer Saskatoon homes for sale than there were a year ago. As of this morning, single-family homes inventory had fallen below 1000 for the first time since spring. We now have 977 detached houses for sale, down from 1121 at this time last year. Condo numbers in the active listings category are at 663 today, just slightly lower than the 676 units available a year ago.

Sales activity was weakest at the entry level this week. Consequently, both the weekly average sale price and the weekly median sale price took some gains to reach $340,307 and $330,000 respectively. The six-week average price grew by more than three thousand dollars for the week and hit $327,157 to realize an annual decline of two thousand dollars. Meanwhile, the four-week median price of a Saskatoon home inched higher to $317,000. That’s up $1000 from last week’s number, but down by more than 24K from a year earlier when it closed the week at $331,250.

Not a single Saskatoon home sold for more than the asking price this week. Meanwhile, 42 of the week’s closed sales recorded a sale price that netted the buyers an average discount of $14,600 off of the listed price.

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

Saskatoon real estate week in review for October 21-27, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales saw a slight increase this week as local agents reported 64 firm residential transactions to the multiple listing service®, up from 58 for the previous week, but down 10 units when compared to sales for the same period last year.

The number of new listings added to the MLS® matched last week’s totals at 118. That number is lower than it was over the same week last year by 14.

The total number of Saskatoon homes available to home buyers through the local MLS® slipped lower again to 1813. That’s down just 21 from last week’s close, and lower than it was on the same day last year by 193 properties. Once again, the majority of the annual declines are counted in the single-family homes category which has fallen lower from 1179 at this time last year to 1004 today. Condo inventory is also down but to a lesser degree. Today, Saskatoon home buyers can find a selection of 695 condos on the MLS®, down from 712 a year ago.

On the heels of a week that was dominated by entry level sales, the average price of a Saskatoon home bounces higher by more than thirty grand to reach $336,056. The median price for the week saw a 42K gain as it climbed to more typical levels at $321,000. The six-week average price moved higher by about four thousand dollars compared to last week. It settled at just a thousand dollars below the number recorded for the same period last year. Meanwhile, the four-week median price lost four thousand dollars from a week earlier as it slipped to $316,000 for an annual decline of nine thousand dollars.

Sellers hoping to create a bidding war were shut out this week. No resale properties reported a sale price above the seller’s asking price. On the other hand, 60 Saskatoon homes traded after a negotiation that led to a discount for the buyer. The average drop from the list price was $13,055.

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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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 homes sales slip lower in September, 2018: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released national sales statistics for September of 2018 last week.

According to the report, “National home sales via Canadian MLS® Systems eased by 0.4% in September 2018, marking the first decline since April. While sales activity is still somewhat stronger compared to the first half of this year, it remains well below most other months since 2014. Sales declined from August to September in slightly more than half of all local markets, led by Vancouver Island and Edmonton, along with several markets in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. Activity declines in these markets were offset by monthly gains in the Fraser Valley and Montreal.

Highlights of CREA’s report

  • National home sales edged back 0.4% from August to September.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 8.9% from one year ago.
  • The number of newly listed homes rose by 3% from August to September.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) was up 2.3% year-over-year (y-o-y) in September.
  • The national average sale price edged up a slight 0.2% y-o-y in September.

Read the entire report on Canadian MLS® sales for September 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 October 14-20, 2018

The number of Saskatoon real estate sales processed by the multiple listing service® grew by four this week to 58. That’s down just three from the same week last year. Meanwhile, new listings bounced slightly higher growing from 110 last week to 118 for this period. That number is sharply lower on an annual basis. Over the same week last year, 175 Saskatoon homes were added to the MLS®.

The MLS® inventory of Saskatoon homes available to buyers slipped lower for the fourth consecutive week. By Saturday morning the system showed 1836 residential properties, down 28 from the previous week’s close, and lower than levels recorded a year ago by 184. There are now 1023 single-family homes for sale within the city of Saskatoon, down about 14 percent from a year earlier when inventory in the category was at 1190. Condo numbers remain stubborn at 698, which is lower than it was a year ago, but only by 17.

Entry level activity dominated the Saskatoon real estate market this week taking the weekly median price down to just $281,000. That’s the lowest number we’ve seen since the first week of 2018. With just two sales over the $500,000 mark, the weekly average price fell sharply as well. It fell lower by 37K from the previous week to just $302,138.

The six-week average price of a Saskatoon home slipped two thousand dollars from the previous week to $319,363 which leaves it lower than it was a year earlier by roughly fifteen thousand dollars. The four-week median price lost nearly four thousand dollars on the week and settled at $320,000 for an annual increase of thirteen thousand dollars.

Buyers won the week negotiating a below list price sale in 53 of the week’s 58 sales with an average discount of $14,918. That number was skewed some by the area 3 sale that went $92,000 below asking price. One seller accepted an offer that exceeded their asking price by $1100.

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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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 October 7-13, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales took a solid dive this week as local REALTORS® reported just 54 firm sales to the multiple listing service®, down from 77 last week, and falling short of sales recorded for the same period last year when 65 homes traded.

New listing numbers continued to fall as well. This week, just 110 Saskatoon homes hit the MLS®. That’s well down from the previous period which counted 171 residential listings, which is 32 fewer homes than we saw enter the system over the same week last year.

Active listing inventory continued to fall at a rate that seems appropriate for the season. By this morning, Saskatoon home buyers could find 1864 properties for sale within Saskatoon city limits. That number is down 34 from a week ago, and further down from 2037 a year ago. Buyers can find just 1045 single-family homes in the MLS® today. That’s down about 12 percent from a year ago when 1191 detached houses were available. Condo inventory fell to 704 today, a drop of 29 from this time last year.

The median sale price of a Saskatoon home jumped 30K compared to the week before, thanks to more upper end activity. The average price also rallied upwards to $339,715. The six-week average price managed a second consecutive weekly gain as it climbed to $321,442. That’s still about nineteen thousand dollars lower than it was a year ago, and clearly still towards its low point for the year. The four-week median price also gained some ground as it grew by sixty-seven hundred dollars this week to reach $323,950. That’s good for an annual gain of 17K.

When all was said and done, 48 of this week’s buyers stood in for a discount on the home they bought. Those drops averaged $15,199. No seller saw an overbid sale this week.

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