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Saskatoon real estate week in review - August 10-14 2009

Following one of the quietest weeks that we’ve experienced over the past couple of months the Saskatoon real estate market picked up a bit of steam again as sales of single-family detached houses and condominiums bounced back to finish the week with ninety-one homes sold. That represents an increase of fourteen properties compared to last week’s production, and a more impressive gain of thirty-two units when compared against the same week last yearwhen just fifty-nine homes changed hands.


New listings remained steady this week with one hundred and two properties being offered for sale on the Saskatoon MLS system, up just one from last week, but down by fifty-five properties from the same period in 2008 when one hundred and fifty-seven Saskatoon homeswere listed.


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After eight consecutive weeks of losses the inventory of residential listings refused to slide further and finished the week at 1213 units, up one from last week’s close. Still, this year’s active inventory is twenty-two percent lower than the 1555 residential properties that were available at the same time last year.



Through the course of the week, forty-nine home sellers adjusted their asking price in hopes of attracting a buyer before fall sets in. Additionally, seventeen of twenty-nine canceled or withdrawn listings made a second appearance on our system wearing a “new listing” flag.


The average selling price of a Saskatoon home remained steady on a week-over-week basis at $281,095. The six-week average took a small gain from the week before to finish at $285,337, not quite seven thousand dollars shy of last year’s $292,285. The four-week median held firm at $275,000, coming up just seven hundred dollars short on a year-over-year basis.


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The average underbid on properties that sold below the asking price inched up to $10,734, from $9,173 the week before. That represents an average discount in the range of 3.7%, about a half of a percentage point higher than last week. The percentage of sellers who managed to secure an offer within $10,000 of the asking price rose from sixty percent last week to seventy-two percent this week. Discounts of $25,000 or more returned to the chart after being absent last week for the first time that I can recall as four percent of Saskatoon home sellers gave up a pretty big chunk of change in exchange for a sold sign.



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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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