The Saskatoon real estate market continued to move at a steady pace for the third week in a row as local agents reported 75 firm residential sales to the multiple listing service®, down just one from the previous week. That’s eleven fewer sales than were reported over the same period a year ago.
New listing activity fell lower as 175 Saskatoon homes hit the MLS®, for a weekly decline of 16 and an annual drop of 26.
MLS® inventory continued to gain ground as it almost always does at this time of year. By this morning, there were 1798 Saskatoon homes listed for sale on the service, an increase of 48 compared to last week’s close, but down from 1999 at the close of the same week last year. It’s certainly possible that things could change as the spring market heats up, but it’s beginning to look like inventory may continue at four-year lows like it has been for the past nine weeks. Most of the annual declines can be counted in the single-family home category which sits at 949 today, up just 14 from the week before, and down from 1073 (about 11 percent) a year ago. Condominium inventory is now at 755 as it grew by 35 units this week to come within four of where it stood at this point during 2017.
Some high-priced home sales pushed both the median price and the average price for the week considerably higher to $329,900 and $347,473 respectively. In spite of the weekly strength, the four-week median price barely budged as it moved just five hundred dollars higher to $320,000 which is about nineteen thousand dollars lower than it was a year earlier. The six-week average price gained some ground as it increased by more than five thousand dollars to close the week at $337,556 which is down nearly fifteen thousand dollars compared to the final numbers seems at the end of the same week last year.
Just one fortunate seller managed to get an offer above their asking price. That deal paid them a small $100 bonus. Another 68 sellers found themselves in a negotiation that wound up netting the buyers an average discount of $14,207. That number was skewed by some large discounts on the three highest priced sales for the period.
Here is a breakdown of what the sales to listing price ratio looked like on this week’s sales. Please note that those sales that do show a sale price that is greater than the list price are all new properties that spent some period of time on the market, and most likely included additional improvements that were not reflected in the original list price. We report these to you as “at list price sales”, which is likely too generous in some cases, but it’s simply not practical to obtain the full details of each sale.
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