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Saskatoon real estate: Week in review (June 15-19 2009)

Following a week of softer unit sales, Saskatoon real estate activity picked up the pace and recorded another week of closed deals that ranked among the best we’ve seen in the past eighteen months. A total of ninety-eight homes were reported sold to the Saskatoon MLS system, an increase from seventy-three last week, and up from seventy-six for the same week last year. While condos were the popular choice last week, single-family dwellings took the lion’s share of the unit sales this week claiming seventy-three sales, against just twenty-five condominium sales.


New residential listings continued to show some weakness with just one hundred and seven homes being offered for sale, down from one hundred and twenty last week, and falling below last year’s numbers by more than fifty percent. Two hundred and seventeen Saskatoon homes were listed during the same week last year.


Total active residential listings slid to 1,467 properties by the end of the week, down for 1,495 last week, but remained at higher levels on a year-over-year basis. At the close of the same week last year, there were 1,387 residential properties offered for sale on the Saskatoon MLS system.


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Seventy-eight home sellers made a price adjustment this week, while a further twenty-two canceled and relisted their home, most at a new price.


Average sale prices took a bounce back from $254,737 last week to finish this week at $264,749. The six-week average price fell $2,600 from the previous week to record its third consecutive weekly decline, reaching $274,556, well off of the $308,558 recorded during the same week last year when the six-week average reached its highest point for the year. The four-week median moved in the opposite direction, increasing $1,550 over last week and reaching $269,000. During the same week in 2008 the four-week median selling price was $290,000.


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Buyers may have been buying but they weren’t exactly taking it easy on Saskatoon home sellers. The average underbid this week grew to $12,770, up from just $9,486 the week before. The average discount that buyer’s received off of the asking price was 4.6 percent, up a full percentage point from last week.




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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.
 

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