CONTACT

A closer look at the Saskatoon real estate statistics for May 2009

The Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors recently reported May resultsfor the entire residential category of Saskatoon real estate, which includes single-family homes, condominiums, semi-detached properties, duplexes, mobile homes and vacant lots. Unit sales totaled 372 properties across all of these property types, at an average selling price of $276,091. Let’s have a look at how houses (single-family detached homes) and condominiums did in comparison to the entire residential category.


Following a slight decline during the month of April, total active listings of singe-family detached houses grew from eight hundred forty-seven to eight hundred and ninety by the end of the month, up from seven hundred and thirty-six in May of 2008. Unit sales showed some strength rising from two hundred and thirty-five last month to two hundred and forty-seven in May, finishing just six units higher than the same month last year. Absorption rates remained stable compared to the previous month at 3.6 months of inventory, but sat higher than last year when it was slightly higher than a three-month supply.



House prices remained remarkably stable given the buzz about improving market conditions. The average selling price of a Saskatoon house took a slight downturn from $312,565 in April to finish the month at $311,016, some $16,000 lower than it was in May of 2008. The median remained steady month-over-month at $295,000, but again, finished $16,000 below last year’s number of $301,000. The three-month average selling price gained about $3,600 over last month to close just above $300,000, well off of the number attained last May when it came close to $328,000.


Average sale prices of house in Saskatoon for May 2009


The average price per square foot for single-homes showed the same kind of steadiness on a month-over-month basis, increasing just slightly from $248 to $249 but showed deeper losses compared to the same month last year, falling about eleven percent from $280 per square foot in May of 2008.



Active listings of Saskatoon condos saw a smaller increase than houses over the past thirty days, but a much higher increase compared to last year. May came to a close with four hundred and eighty condominiums showing an active status, up just five units from April, but one hundred and fifty-seven listings higher than last May when three hundred and twenty-three units were available. Sales also increased, just one unit compared to last month, but up about thirteen percent compared to last year. One hundred and eleven condos changed hands during the month of May, which made for the strongest month for Saskatoon condo sales in a year. Still, an additional month of condominium inventory is available this year, when compared to last as the absorption rate climbed from 3.3 months to 4.3 months.


Condo prices continued to display a downward trend as the average selling price for the month lost about nine thousand dollars compared to April and finished at $210,599, down roughly sixteen percent from May 2008 when it sat just above $250,000. The median selling price fell $6,500 compared to the previous month, down just $16,000 from May 2008 when it was $225,000. The three-month average fell $4,800 from last month to $215,099 and finished significantly lower than May 2008 when it reached $242,472.



The average cost per square foot for a Saskatoon condo appeared to be slightly more stable on a month-over month basis falling just $2 from April to finish at $211, but was roughly nineteen percent lower than it was when it peaked in May of 2008 at $262.



Remember, averages and cost per square foot numbers can provide some useful insights into pricing trends but they’re not as useful when engaging in an actual transaction. If you’re buying or selling you should be seeking current information on active listings and recent sales, which are most comparable to your property in terms of location, size, features and amenities.


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.


Follow our daily updates on Twitter @Norm_Fisher.


Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

Posts By Date
The Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) IDX Reciprocity listings are displayed in accordance with SRAR's MLS® Data Access Agreement and are copyright of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®.
The above information is from sources deemed reliable but should not be relied upon without independent verification. The information presented here is for general interest only, no guarantees apply.
Trademarks are owned and controlled by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Used under license.
MLS® System data of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® displayed on this site is refreshed every 2 hours.
Google Analytics Alternative