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Saskatoon housing affordability sees first signs of erosion in three years: Demographia

You probably don’t need an international study to confirm that housing is expensive in most major metropolitan areas of Canada. Saskatoon is no exception.


“Affordability” is a slightly more complicated beast. There are a number of ways that one can examine affordability. One of those methods compares the median* income for an area against the median home price. Demographia, an organization that tracks changes to affordability uses what they call “median multiples.” The median multiple is derived by dividing the median income into the median price. As seen on the following chart, Canadians can expect to pay roughly 3.6 times the median income for a home priced at the median. So, even if prices are rising affordability can improve if incomes are rising at a faster pace.


Clear enough? Good!


After three successive years of slightly improved affordability, Saskatoon slipped back into the ranks of what Demographia considers “seriously unaffordable” as the median multiple for the area increased from 4 to 4.3, its highest point since 2008 when it had reached 4.6.



Regina showed the largest erosion moving from 3.3 to 3.8 but still managed to maintain a “moderately unaffordable” rating from Demographia.


The picture improved somewhat in Vancouver, which holds the distinction of being the second most unaffordable market in the world, as the median multiple falls from 10.6 to 9.5 over the course of the year.


See the entire Demographia survey for 2013 and past reports for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,2008, 2007, and 2006.


*The median defines the centre point where half of all values are above and half are below that point. For instance, if the median income for an area were $50,000 then half off all income earners would earn more than that and half would earn less. In the case of home values, it’s the point at which half of all sales occur above the number, and half occur below.


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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate  

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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