Following a few weeks of unseasonably sluggish home sales, the Saskatoon real estate market took an upward bounce this week with 117 condominiums and single-family home sales reported as having firmed up. That compares to just 70 last week, and it even tops the 109 units reported sold for the same week last year. An additional 63 homes are flagged as “conditionally sold” on the Saskatoon MLS system.
New residential listings continued on an upward trend with a total of 220 properties being introduced to the market, including 146 houses and 58 condos. Total active residential listings closed the week at 739 units, up from 668 last week, and significantly higher than the approximately 255 homes that were available at this time last year.
Some cooling occurred in the overbid arena with just 34% of Saskatoon homes sold selling for more than the asking price, down from 41% last week, and dropping sharply from the whopping 73% that we experienced during the same week in April of 2007. The average overbid took a big hit falling 42% from last week and landing below the $10,000 mark for the first time in the last ten weeks.
After three weeks of pushing the $320K mark, average selling prices softened to $288,679, the lowest weekly number we’ve seen since the week of March 10-14. Sales at the upper end of the value range were down in most areas. Also notable is the fact that the average selling price of a Saskatoon home was lower than the average list price for the first time since the week of February 18-22.
It seems to me that all of the indicators are pointing towards a little more balance in the near future, assuming that new listings continue to outpace sales at the current rate. Total unit sales for the month of April will almost certainly show some softening over April 2007. These two factors should result in better conditions for home buyers.
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Royal LePage Vidorra