Saskatoon home sales see declines in Q1, 2018: 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 March 2018 follows.

In the first quarter of 2018, there were 648 Saskatoon home sales, a 10 percent decline on a year-over-year basis. The decrease in sales for the month of March was 24 percent with just 234 residential transactions occurring last month.

The number of new listings introduced on the MLS® for Saskatoon is also down for the quarter. There have been 1,807 Saskatoon homes listed so far this year compared to 2,183 for the same period in 2017.

At the end of March, active residential listings in Saskatoon totaled 1,670 for both single and multi-family homes, consistent with the five year average of 1,695. The inventory would take just over seven months to liquidate at the current rate of sales. 

The reduction in active listings is not only the result of fewer homes being listed on the market. “Some sellers may have decided not to re-list their home just yet, opting to wait for the more active spring market to try their luck,” according to Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR). “Many sellers believe that spring is the best time to sell,” he adds.

The sale-to-listing ratio is a comparison of the number of sales to the number of new listings for a specific period of time. Understanding this ratio allows us to determine if we are in a buyer’s market, a seller’s market or a balanced market. A ratio between 40% and 60% is considered to be a balanced market. A ratio below 40% is considered to be a buyer’s market, while a ratio exceeding 60% is considered to be a seller’s market. The sale-to-listing ratio for March was 35%, down slightly from the five year average of 40%.

Last month, Saskatoon homes took an average of 64 days to sell compared to 47 days in March of 2017. The five year average days to sell for the Saskatoon market is 50 days. 

The average year-to-date residential sale price continued its steady decline falling 2%. For the first quarter of 2018, the average home sale price in Saskatoon was $333,826. Since averages can be misleading, the median price tends to be a better reflection of the market. The median home sale price continued to decline from $330,000 in January, to $317,250 in March. In March of 2017, the median price was just slightly higher at $320,000. The five year average for median residential home sale price in Saskatoon is $330,000. 

The Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Price (HPI) increased slightly for the first time since June of 2017 to $293,200. By comparison, the composite benchmark has not been this low since February of 2012. The highest point ever reached was $319,600 in May of 2015. Declines to the HPI began showing signs of slowing in January of 2018. 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® 

Inventory of Saskatoon homes continues to decline in February 2018: 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 February of 2018 follows.

A year-over-year drop in new listings contributed to a declining availability of homes in the Saskatoon market in February. At the end of last month, there was a total of 1,588 active residential listings in Saskatoon. This represented a four percent decline from a year ago when there were 1,659 properties available.

By the end of February, REALTORS® had listed a total of 1,139 residential properties for the year, a 14 percent decline compared to 1,332 listings that had been added to the system by this point in 2017.

“For the past couple of years inventory levels have hovered around 2,000 available properties,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR). “It is definitely a positive trend to see inventory levels shrinking. This is helpful for slowing price declines,” he adds. The average sale price for a home in Saskatoon slipped one percent in February.

Although the number of sale transactions in February (211), was down six percent from the same month last year, strong sales in January kept year-to-date sales one percent ahead of last year. Year-to-date, a total of 413 residential sales have been recorded on the MLS® in Saskatoon. The overall dollar volume for home sales in Saskatoon was just under $70 million which is down six percent from last February. The year-to-date dollar volume of transactions is unchanged from last year at $139 million. So far this year, sales in the region surrounding Saskatoon, which includes the cities of Warman and Martensville, totaled 122 units representing, a 14 percent increase from last year. The total dollar volume for this area was just under $39.5 million for the first two months of the year, an increase of 12 percent compared to last year.

The Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark value declined just slightly in the last 30 days to $292,800. Although this is its lowest point since February of 2012, the decline in the composite price appears to be slowing. With the exception of a couple of months in the spring of last year, the HPI composite value has been in an overall decline since August of 2016 when the value was $317,600.

For further information, please contact:

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

Saskatoon homes sales increase for third 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 January 2018 follows.

Saskatoon home sales are off to a positive start in 2018. The number of transactions that occurred in January was 203 which represents an 11 percent increase over January of 2017. The five-year average for January is 194 units. Last month’s sales activity also resulted in an increase in the overall dollar volume by 10.5 percent to $90,673,143 which is the highest dollar volume for any January since 2014. Sales in the region surrounding Saskatoon, including the cities of Warman and Martensville showed a 27.5 percent increase with 65 transactions and an 11.7 percent increase in dollar volume to $18,049,600.

“While it is still very early in the year, the past three months have shown trends of increasing sales for Saskatoon, which is certainly a positive sign after many months of lower sales”, according to Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR).

The average sale price for a home in Saskatoon was $344,771, up one percent from last January while the median price increased by 4.1 percent to $330,000. Significant increases in the number of homes selling in the higher price ranges contributed to these upward pricing changes. Overall the number of sales between $400,000 and $1 million increased by 45 percent with 64 sales. The number of homes that sold in January between $500,000 and $750,000 made up just over a third of the 64 transactions. The number of home sales between $200,000 and $300,000 remained strong and consistent with last January at 56 transactions. Many of these would be condominium sales which helps to absorb inventory in that sector of the market.

The Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark value declined by 4.1 percent in January to $293,300, its lowest point since February of 2012. With the exception of a couple of months in the spring of last year, the HPI composite value has been in an overall decline since August of 2016 when it was at $317,600.

“If inventory levels continue to decline due to absorption and fewer properties being listed, we should expect to see some increase in home prices later in the year,” predicts Yochim. The number of active listings in Saskatoon at the end of January was 1,529, the lowest level in the past three years for January and a four percent reduction from last year. This was aided by the increase in sales and a 14 percent decline in the number of new listings for January.

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

In spite of a strong December, Saskatoon real estate market sees a drop in sales in 2017: 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 December 2017 follows.

The number of Saskatoon home sales for December came in at 205 units, up 11 percent compared to the same month in 2016. Sales activity in the area surrounding Saskatoon saw a 13 percent increase. These gains could be partially attributed to the mortgage rule changes that took effect January 1st of 2018. Home buyers with a downpayment of 20 percent or more now have to qualify at an interest rate that is 200 basis points higher than the posted rate, or the Bank of Canada’s five-year rate, whichever is higher.

Listing activity, on the other hand, declined dramatically with an 18 percent reduction in new listings for the month, year-over-year. “This decrease in listing activity could be the result of seller’s fatigue from having been on the market for an extended time period without securing an offer,” according to Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR). “The increase in December sales and decline in new listings is a positive for decreasing high inventory levels,” he added.

Not surprisingly, with lower sales and a large inventory of homes to choose from, home prices continued to see downward pressure. The median price for a home in Saskatoon declined by 3.3 percent from last December to $324,000 while the average price showed a half point decline to $339,520. The Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark value declined by 3.7 percent to $295,100, its lowest point since March of 2012. The HPI composite value has been in an overall decline since August of 2016 when it was $317,600.

On average, it took 61 days to sell a Saskatoon home in December, up sharply from 51 for the same month last year.

The year-to-date story for 2017 is one of a slower market when compared to 2016. The total dollar volume for this year’s sales came in just shy of $1.6 billion, a nine percent decrease from 2016. This was the third straight year of decline since the Saskatoon market peaked with sales volume of $2.1 billion in 2014. Saskatoon home sales totalled 3,491 units in 2017, a five percent decline from 2016, and significantly lower than the five-year average of 3,957 sales. In 2017 there were a total of 8,972 homes listed for sale within Saskatoon, a three percent decline from the previous year. The sales-to-listing ratio (percentage of listings that became firmly sold while listed for sale) for the year was 35 percent. In other words, roughly a third of the homes listed actually ended up selling.

“Successfully selling a home in this current market requires more than information,” comments Yochim. “Sellers need the guidance of a REALTOR® to understand how historical sales data impacts their pricing decision.”

For further information, please contact:

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

Saskatoon homes sales rebound in November 2017 for year-over-year gains: 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 November 2017 follows.

Saskatoon home sales were up seven percent for the month compared to November of 2016 with a total of 257 residential sales. This increase could be attributed to ideal conditions for home buyers combined with impending mortgage rule changes slated for January that will affect conventional borrowers.

Year-to-date sales, however, show a six percent decline with 3,287 Saskatoon transactions. Homes that sold between $300,000 and $500,000, made up 1,606 of the year-to-date sales, or roughly half of the residential sales. Although homes in this price range are the most active segment of the marketplace, activity in this range has declined by nearly 12 percent compared to the first eleven months of 2016. Sales activity for homes that sold between $750,000 and $1,000,000 remained unchanged compared to last year with a total of 45 units trading. Homes that sold in excess of $1,000,000 were slightly lower with 14 sales compared to 16 last year.

The number of active residential listings that were on the market within the city of Saskatoon was 1,826, eight percent higher than last year. The number of new listings added to the market in November was 583 compared to 652 in the same month last year. The sales-to-listing ratio compares the number of sales for the month, relative to the number of new listings. The sales-to-listing ratio for Saskatoon in November was 44.4 percent.

In November, it took an average of 58 days for a home to sell in Saskatoon. “If you are looking for a home, this is an ideal time with plenty of selection in most price ranges and areas as well as low-interest rates,” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®, “As for sellers who need to sell, they must have a true sense of the market and price accordingly to sell within the average number of days”, he adds.

The average price of a Saskatoon home continued to decline and slipped to $340,398 from $349,015 a year ago. The MLS® Composite Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price continued to fall for the third consecutive month, now down by four percent, year-over-year. The Composite HPI measures the rate of change in a benchmark price for a typical home and is the most accurate indicator of pricing direction in a market.

Home sales in areas surrounding Saskatoon showed a significant bump in activity with 71 transactions, a 22 percent increase from November of 2016. Of these sales, 34 occurred in the cities of Martensville and Warman in November, compared to 26 last November. Inventory levels also continue to be elevated in these areas where there were 926 available properties for sale at the end of November.

For further information, please contact:
Jason Yochim CAE, CRAE
Chief Executive Officer
Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®