The latest Housing Market Outlook for the Saskatoon area, which was released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) last week predicts that the Saskatoon will experience its “highest number of sales on record” during 2008 before sales begin to “moderate somewhat…due to rapidly escalating prices and weaker speculative demand.”
Based on February statistics, CMHC notes that the average selling price of a resale home in Saskatoon had already reached $262,000 and predicts further gains of 18% through 2008. That would bring us to about $275,000, easily $25,000 behind the roughly $300,000 averages that we’ve seen posted over the past three months. According to CMHC, we can expect to see prices rise another 8.2% in 2009 to nearly $300,000.
At the end of April, the second consecutive month where sales were down over the previous year, resale unit sales were just slightly ahead of last year (for the year). May is likely to show some larger declines in total unit sales. It seems overly optimistic at this point that we could finish 2008 ahead of 2007.
Read the CMHC Housing Outlook for Saskatoon here
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