Earlier today, I was speaking with one of my colleagues, Bruce Claggett, who raised the question, “I wonder how many of the homes for sale in Saskatoon are vacant?” Our new MLS system didn’t provide a method of searching by occupancy, so I dropped SRAR an email and suggested that this would be a valuable search field to add. By the end of the day, Harry made it happen.
Here’s what I learned.
At the close of business today, there are 666 active property listings in the residential category (I know, kind of spooky). :)
225 of those properties are vacant.
Tenants occupy another 130 of these listings.
A closer look at the vacant property listings reveals the following.
93 are condos.
104 are single-family homes.
The balances are semi-detached homes, duplexes, mobile homes, vacant lots and other properties that have not been categorized for reasons unknown to me.
94 of the vacant homes are new, or near new.
57 of the new or near new homes appear to be owned by builders. Some are still under construction.
Individuals own 37 of the new or near new homes.
Of the 225 vacant listings, 93 are condominiums.
21 of these vacant condominiums are new, or near new.
10 are in the Rumley building representing additions to the housing stock.
About two-thirds of the remaining 62 are conversion units.
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