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Saskatoon housing affordability shows slight year-over-year improvement: Demographia

Housing affordability in the Saskatoon area improved slightly for the second consecutive year, according to the 7th Annual Demographia Housing Affordability Survey, but not enough to remove it from the ranks of the most “seriously unaffordable” places to buy a home. According the Demographia’s estimates, Saskatoon home buyers can expect to pay 4.3 times the median income for the area to purchase a home priced at the median. The median defines the centre point of value at which half of all sales occur above and half occur below.  While Saskatoon saw its second improvement in as many years our current ranking of 4.3 leaves us amongst the most expensive Canadian markets to own a home and well above the national ranking of 3.4 which Demographia defines as just “moderately unaffordable.”


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Most Canadian markets managed to record some improvements on a year-over-year basis. The greatest changes were seen in Calgary and Edmonton, both of which moved into, or significantly towards, the moderately unaffordable territory. Both markets shaved a half-year off of the median income multiplier that Demographia uses to measure affordability. Nationally, we saw an improvement in the median multiple of 0.3 from the survey released a year ago.


Once again, the major British Columbia markets win the prize for the largest income to price gap. In Vancouver, it’s estimated to take 9.5 times median income to own a home priced at the median for the city.


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


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Norm Fisher
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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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