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Merrill Lynch says Saskatoon real estate overvalued “as much as 50%”

In a report titled, “Peaked: Canada’s housing market in depth,” economist David Wolf of investment-banker Merrill Lynch says that “Canada's housing market is entering a sustained downturn amid excess supply and as higher prices deter new buyers.”


According to a story in today’s Globe and Mail, Mr. Wolf is most concerned about Saskatchewan, where the doubling of house prices in Regina and Saskatoon over the past two years “has led us to estimate that these markets are now close to 50 per cent overvalued.”


David Wolf is not the first economist to make the claim that Saskatoon is overvalued. Scotiabank economist Adrienne Warren said it first in September of 2007. RBC’s Amy Goldbloom said it again in October. Both of these stories were covered on this blog and in the Star Phoenix. Seems nobody was really listening then.


The Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors responded with this.

Read the Star Phoenix story here.

Peaked: Canada's housing market in depth


I have argued that prices in the Saskatoon real estate market have been out of whack with fundamentals so I won’t go out of my way to take issue with Merrill Lynch. I would suggest that it’s appropriate to keep in mind that this report is written by an investment-banking firm who makes the bulk of its money selling investments, and they don’t sell real estate.


This post is dedicated to Doug who would like you to know that unemployment is up, crime is obscenely high, incomes have not risen in Saskatchewan as much as they have in Alberta, Saskatoon’s population may be down by 2000 people, Westfair Foods is moving to Regina, SaskHouses now has 420 properties advertised, MLS listings are well above 1500 and growing weekly, MLS sales suck compared to last year, the average price of a Saskatoon home is falling, the price of oil is dropping, GDP was lower then expected last year, and “breaking your hip” is a real threat when living in Saskatoon. :)


Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk Saskatoon real estate.



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.


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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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