On April 15 when I posted my “Closer Look at the Saskatoon Real Estate Statistics for March, 2008,” I expressed some concern about the accuracy of the numbers and even included a disclaimer warning that there may be some accuracy issues. Indeed, there were. That post has been updated today and I can’t guarantee that it won’t require another update at some future point.
While most of our statistical reports use data based on the date that the sale was reported, our “Closer Look” dissects the sales based on the contract date. We’ve chosen the middle of the following month as our reporting date, but as we explain in our “Data Collection and Calculation” page, there is always a possibility that more sales conducted during that period could be reported late.
My initial report included data based on 306 units which were showing as sold at the time that I published that report. By this weekend, the number had increased to 364 units, a pretty substantial difference, so I thought I should call this edit to your attention. These latest monthly figures are more in line with the weekly sales that we’ve been reporting in the Week in Review. While we are still showing fewer units sales year over year, the difference is actually quite marginal, at least in comparison to what was initially reported.
In reviewing the sales from March 2008, we see a decline in total unit sales of 6%. The number of single-family homes sold dropped 21% while condominium sales increased by 41%. Prices reported in our initial post were nearly identical on the update.
So, I extend my apologies to the bears that frequent this blog for getting you all excited. I’m sorry to have led you to believe that the sky might be falling on the Saskatoon real estate market.
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