Saskatoon real estate week in review for December 2-8, 2018

Just 16 shopping days until Christmas folks! If you’re celebrating, we hope that you have a good headstart on wrapping up this fun task.

Speaking of wrapping up, we are well into the home stretch for 2018 Saskatoon real estate activity. Just three more weekly reviews after this one before the dust settles and we know what it looks like. The early evidence suggests that we’ll fall short of last year’s unit sale numbers by three to four percent. Last year, 3,518 Saskatoon homes were reported sold through the MLS®. As of the close of business Friday, we were sitting at 3,230.

This past week saw 51 residential sales processed through the multiple listing service®, up two from the week before, but down by 16 sales when compared against the same period last year.

New listings came on pretty strong at 114 for a weekly increase of two dozen homes, ahead of the same week a year ago by five. It was a big week for failed listings with 138 homes coming to the end of the listing term without a sale. That helped to drive new listings higher as those most wanting a sale brought their home back to the system for another go.

For those determined to buy, December is often the month in which seller motivation is highest. The number of home showings a typical seller receives will begin to wane and days of nothingness can soon drive a seller crazy. I’m a guy who won’t say, “Now is a great time to buy!” but if I was looking to do so in the next 90-120 days, I’d probably try to take advantage of the more favourable conditions buyers often find in December.

MLS inventory slipped and reached its lowest point since March and its four-year low point for this particular week. Today, there are 1603 active residential listings on the system, lower than last week’s close by 28, and down by 137 from a year ago. Today’s totals show 896 single-family homes for sale in Saskatoon. That’s down from 968 a year ago. Condo inventory is at 603 today, down about 52 units from 12 months ago.

As I’ve said many times, prices can and do get all over the map when you’re average sales are so low. The Home Price Index numbers in our recent monthly post are far more reliable, but hey, we do this every week and nothing’s gonna stop us now, right?

So, with that disclaimer in the bag, here’s what the week looked like.

Upper-end activity was strong enough to push the weekly median sale price higher by nearly five thousand dollars. It closed the week at $329,900. Still, with very little activity above the $500K mark, the average sale price for the week tumbled lower by close to $40,000 to make a rare appearance below the three hundred thousand dollar mark at $299,900. The six-week average price fell more than six thousand dollars from a week earlier and settled at $334,274. That’s roughly eleven thousand dollars lower than it was for the same week last year. The four-week median price managed some gains as at grew by about fifteen hundred dollars from last week and reached $328,950 for an annual increase of nearly nine thousand dollars.

For the fourth consecutive week, just one Saskatoon home seller wrapped up an offer above their asking price. In this case, the offer came in at $100 more than they had asked for the home. Meanwhile, 46 of this week’s 51 sales required some give on the seller side. Those buyers saw an average discount of $14,094.

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 November 25 – December 1, 2018

After a big bounce in residential sale numbers last week the Saskatoon real estate market cooled again. Unit sales fell to just 49, down from 66 the week before, but ahead of numbers recorded over the same period last year by two.

New listings fell to their lowest level this year as local agents added just 90 Saskatoon homes to the MLS®. That’s 55 fewer homes than were listed the previous week, and 16 fewer than were offered up for sale on the system over the same week of 2017.

The inventory of active residential real estate listings available through the multiple listing service® fell to 1631 by this morning as 122 listings came to the end of their term without a sale. Total listings slipped by 111 units from last week and are down by nearly 150 homes from a year ago and now at the lowest level recorded since mid-March. A closer look at the major categories of housing shows 917 single-family detached homes for sale in Saskatoon, down from 1007 at this time last year. Condo inventory fell by 45 on an annual basis leaving us with 608 properties bearing an active status.

A solid showing of buyers at the upper end of the real estate market pushed the weekly average sale price, and the weekly median price higher to $339,884 and $325,000 respectively. The six-week average price moved higher as it has during five of the past six weeks. It finished the week at $340,505. That is up more than seven thousand dollars from last week, enough for an annual gain of about twelve hundred dollars. This is also the first time the measure broke $340K since mid-February. Meanwhile, the four-week median price slipped lower by twenty-five hundred dollars from a week earlier. It settled at $327,500 to close the period up annually by more than eleven thousand dollars.

One Saskatoon home seller found themselves in a bidding war resulting in a sale price that exceeded their asking price by two thousand dollars. Buyers won the week with 43 of 49 sales reporting a sale price that netted those buyers an average discount of $14,388.

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 November 18-24, 2018

For the past six weeks, Saskatoon real estate sales numbers have failed to meet those recorded during the same period the year before. Finally, that trend broke this week as local agents brought 66 firm residential sales to the multiple listing service® for a weekly gain of 28 sales, enough to match numbers from the same week last year.

New listing numbers also moved sharply higher coming in at 145. That’s up from last week by 41 and exceeds activity for the same period last year by 29 Saskatoon homes.

The number of Saskatoon homes offered for sale on the MLS® grew slightly this week to 1742, up ten from last week’s close, but down by 114 listings on an annual basis. A closer look at the major housing types shows that buyers have 980 single-family homes to choose from, down 80 from this time a year ago. Condominium inventory is at 650 today. That’s 28 fewer than could be found on the system at this time in 2017.

Upper-end activity remained strong but it couldn’t match the previous week’s steam, even with a sale above a million dollars in the mix, something that has happened far less frequently this year than it has in recent years. There have been only five Saskatoon home sales that topped the million dollar mark so far this year. In 2017 there were 14. This week, the average price of a Saskatoon home fell lower to $331,226 and the weekly median price slipped to $319,500. Meanwhile, the six-week average price of a Saskatoon home inched lower to $333,421. That’s down from a year earlier by less than three thousand dollars. The four-week median price slipped $2500 from the week before to settle at $330,000 which is exactly where it stood a year ago.

For the second consecutive week, we have a lucky seller reporting a sale at more than the asking price, this time by just a thousand dollars. Buyers did manage to grind a discount on 59 of this week’s 66 sales. Those discounts averaged $14,859.

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 November 11-17, 2018

It was another lacklustre week of sales for the Saskatoon real estate market. By the close of business Friday, just 38 residential sales had been reported to the MLS® system for the week, one fewer than the previous week, and 27 below the numbers that were recorded over the same week last year. This was the sixth consecutive week in which sales fell on an annual basis. As of today, MLS® sales for the city are down about 4.4 percent, year-to-date.

New listing numbers slipped lower by 15 when compared to the previous week, and roughly matched what we saw come on the market over the same period last year. This week’s final tally was 104 Saskatoon homes.

The inventory of residential properties for sale on the multiple listing service® fell for the eighth week in a row to settle at 1732, which is down from a year earlier by 156 units. It looks like we will close the year with fewer active listings than we have had at the end of the last three years, but it’s still high, given the weakened demand that we’re seeing right now.

A closer look by major housing category shows buyers have 979 single-family homes to choose from. That’s down from 1071 a year ago. There are currently 643 Saskatoon condominiums for sale, 28 fewer than were available at this time last year.

Price trends get tricky to follow when weekly sales start to drop between 50 units. It’s typical to see larger than normal swings from one week to the next. That certainly happened this week.

More than 25 percent of this week’s sales recorded a sale price above $450,000 and that pushed the average price for the week significantly higher to $360,828. A mix of sales that leaned towards the upper end ushered the weekly median sale price higher to $359,000. Meanwhile, the six week average price jumped seven thousand dollars above last week’s number to close at $335,048. That’s about where it was a year ago. The four-week median price spiked higher by more than sixteen thousand dollars and reached $332,500 to beat last year’s number by seventy five hundred dollars.

One fortunate seller got a nice holiday bonus as the sale on their home closed at nearly $16,000 more than they had asked when they put up the sign. On the flip side of the negotiating table, 33 buyers wrapped up a deal that provided them with an average discount of $15,462.

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 November 4-10, 2018

Saskatoon real estate sales in the residential category fell lower for the sixth week in a row as winter conditions took a firm hold on the market. Local agents reported just 39 firm sales this week, down six from last week, and falling short of sales recorded during the same period last year by 33 units. This is the fifth consecutive week during which sales fell on a year-over-year basis.

New listing activity was also sharply lower as Saskatoon real estate agents added just 119 new listings to the multiple listing service®. That number is lower than the previous week by 32. During the same week last year 161 Saskatoon homes came onto the MLS®.

The total number of Saskatoon homes available to buyers on the MLS® was stable on a weekly basis. As of this morning, 1749 such properties could be found in the “active” category, down just one from a week earlier. A year ago there were 1910 homes for sale on the system. Condo inventory sits at 651, down from 685 a year ago. The number of detached single-family homes for sale is now at 987, down from 1107 on this date last year.

Both the weekly median sale price and the average sale price of a Saskatoon home took marginal gains this week to $344,713 and $337,000 respectively. The six-week average price inched higher by seven hundred dollars from the last period to reach $327,856. That’s about ten thousand dollars lower than it was a year ago. The four-week median price slipped to $315,950 to finish the week down on an annual basis by $11,500.

For the first time in a few weeks, we have one house that sold for more than the asking price. The typical Silverwood Heights four-level split sold $3100 above the seller’s list price. Meanwhile, 37 of the week’s sales went below the list price and netted buyers a discount averaging $13,143.

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