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Affordability improves substantially in Saskatchewan for Q4/09: RBC

The final quarter of 2009 saw softer sales and growing inventory “put a damper” on rising house prices in Saskatchewan, according to RBC’s March 2010 Housing Trends and Affordability Study. While housing affordability “eroded mildly” on a national level, Saskatchewan showed “substantial improvement.”



The big bounce in resale activity that took place during the spring and summer of 2009 in Saskatchewan showed signs of letting up late in the year, just as more properties were listed for sale. This put a damper on price increases recently, which allowed affordability to improve further in the province. In the fourth quarter of 2009, RBC measures fell between 0.1 and 1.1 percentage points (for condominiums and townhouses, respectively), in most cases extending the sharp declining trends since about the middle of 2008. Nonetheless, the cost of home-ownership remains historically high in Saskatchewan, with the unprecedented surge from late-2006 to early-2008 only partly reversed. This might not be cause for concern, however, considering that housing prices that prevailed prior to the boom were likely depressed by unfavourable migration flows, which have since turned around. Housing affordability in Saskatoon also improved, though far more modestly when compared to the whole province.


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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.
 

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