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Saskatoon real estate week in review: April 7-13, 2013

From one week to the next, Saskatoon real estate sales have been in an up and down pattern and this week was no exception as home sales slipped by 9 units on a weekly basis to 78 and fell short of numbers generated during the same week last year by 13. A quick look at year-over-year comparisons for the month of April shows that overall sales in the residential category conducted through the MLS® are roughly on par with last year’s.


While Saskatoon real estate agents weren’t as busy writing deals they certainly found time to write lots of new listings introducing a total of 165 houses and condominiums to the multiple listing service® and completing the largest volume week so far this year. The number of new listings added to the MLS® was up by 12 over the previous week and ahead of listing processed during the same period last year by 27 homes.


The total inventory of active listings in the residential category of the Saskatoon multiple listing service® continued to grow at a pace which would be considered pretty normal for this time of year. Total numbers of available properties grew by 36 from the close of the previous week to find its totals above 1100 for the first time this year. Reaching 1124 homes, current MLS® inventory is up marginally (just 17) on a year-over-year basis.


This was a strong week in the luxury category with two Saskatoon house sales reported above the $1-million mark, one of those actually breaking past $1.5 million. Throw in another sale above $800,000, a couple that broke $700K and three above the $600,000 mark and watch the average price of a Saskatoon home soar this week to $374,287 to reach its highest point this year. The six-week average price also pushed forward gaining more than five thousand dollars from last week to close at $346,678 to pick up an annual gain of just over sixteen thousand dollars. The four-week median price grew by forty-five hundred dollars from last week reaching $331,000 for a year-over-year increase of about eleven thousand dollars.


Overbid Saskatoon real estate sales continued to be a near non-factor with just two lucky sellers bagging an offer above their asking price. It was a serious win for one seller whose Nutana area home sale closed $50,000 above list. Another six sellers found a buyer willing to pay them their full asking price while 70 of this week’s 78 sales closed below the list price by an average of $13,272. That number is heavily skewed by some large dollar discounts on the high-end sales, the two biggest sales alone contributing about $230,000 to the discount pool.


Other notable MLS® activity this week included 45 cancelled and withdrawn listings, 5 expired listings and 30 price adjustments.


Highlights from the news this past week

Saskatchewan job numbers strongest in Canada - Star Phoenix

Housing starts off record highs of 2012 - Star Phoenix

Riversdale condos planned for Great West Warehouse site - Star Phoenix

Saskatoon’s population expected to boom - Star Phoenix

Saskatchewan the ‘place to be.’ says Scotiabank economist - Regina Leader Post

‘So far, so good’: Data suggests soft landing for Canada’s housing market - Financial Post

Smart growth makes consumer housing aspirations irrelevant - Financial Post


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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

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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