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Is Saskatoon real estate overvalued? Another economist says, “yes.”

In a recently released report from RBC Economics, economist Amy Goldbloom makes a pretty compelling case that real estate is “overvalued” in western Canada and “out of whack with the underlying fundamentals.”


Goldbloom takes “a look beyond the standard affordability measure” and delves into “price to rent ratios,” something which I just happened to touch on, though not nearly as eloquently, in the comment thread of the most recent Week in review. :)


This report is brilliantly written and equally thoughtful, but one comment left me scratching my head. See if you can identify it.


Goldbloom has this to say about Saskatoon. “Housing markets across the major cities in the Prairies have long been the most affordable in the country. But, the recent pick-up in Saskatoon’s market has quickly changed conditions. Regina and Winnipeg have seen their price-to-rent ratios move up during the last few years after stable valuations through the 1990’s but are still at modest levels. The bigger story is Saskatoon where the recent pick-up has caused price-to-rent ratios to soar. In contrast to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, the pick-up in Saskatoon has been very concentrated in the last year. The sudden and steep acceleration in price-to-rent ratios coincides with the sharpest deterioration in affordability on record. More expensive conditions already appear to be pricing people out of the market. Fifty percent price gains are starting to weigh on demand and softer demand should feed through to cooler price gains ahead.”


Read the RBC Canadian City Trends report here.

Read also: Saskatoon and Edmonton homes most overvalued: Bank of Nova Scotia economist

Read also: Worst quarterly deterioration of housing affordability on record for Saskatchewan: RBC


I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions. 

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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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