Saskatoon real estate activity showed some signs of life this past week as the number of local homes that traded began its slow seasonal climb. There were 42 firm residential sales reported to the Saskatoon MLS®, an increase of 12 from the previous week, and up by one when looking back at the same week last year. Sales activity remained in single digit territory in all but one of the five major housing areas, with area three seeing a single sale for the second week in a row. After opening 2017 with some really big numbers last week, new listings fell lower to 168 homes, down 52 on a weekly basis. That was, however, enough for an annual increase of nine listings.
The inventory of active Saskatoon real estate listings also pushed higher, as it will now during most weeks over the first half of the year as it moves towards its annual peak. Today’s totals show 1570 residential properties with an “active” status, down from a year earlier by just eight homes. We currently have 827 properties in the single-family category, down from 875 a year ago, and 605 condominium listings, up from 539 at this time last year.
The median sale price for the week gained some ground coming in 25K higher than the previous week at $314,500. The average sale price for the week also moved up and finished the week at $337,970. Meanwhile, the longer term measures that we track both edged lower from last week. The six-week average price slipped just a few hundred dollars to $338,546 to find itself down on an annual basis by close to sixteen thousand dollars. The four-week median price fell nearly three thousand dollars for the week but finished ahead of where it was a year ago by forty-five hundred dollars.
Following several weeks with no overbid sales, that seller losing streak was broken this week as a single area four home fetched $1,100 more than the asking price in some kind of a bidding war. Another two sellers snagged a list price sale, both of those properties were new homes. The remaining 39 deals closed below the asking price netting those buyers some hefty discounts averaging $15,760.
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