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Saskatoon real estate week in review: December 13-19, 2015

Saskatoon real estate sales continued to soften as we pushed towards the holidays. Local agents reported just 46 firm residential sales this week, down from 54 last week to fall well below numbers recorded during the same week last year when 67 home sales were reported sold.


New listings also trailed lower. 100 Saskatoon homes were added to the multiple listing service®, a drop of 27 from a week ago, but well ahead of the 80 homes that hit the MLS® during the same period last year.


The inventory of active MLS® listings continued on a typical year-end downward trend as more homes expired without a sale. As of this morning there are 1688 residential listings showing an active status on the system, down from 1739 at this time last week, and up from 1298 a year ago. Taking a closer look by housing type, we can count 926 single-family homes that are currently offered for sale, down from 961 last week, but up from 764 a year ago. Condo numbers sit at 583 today, down from 604 last week, and up from 393 when compared against levels seen during this same weekend last year.


A real lack of sales at the upper end of the Saskatoon real estate market, combined with some stronger numbers at the lower end ushered prices lower by every measure. The median sale price of a Saskatoon home tumbled to $331,700 while the average sale price fell to to one of it’s lowest levels this year at just $326,064. The six-week median price edged lower to $355,098 for a weekly loss of roughly seven thousand dollars and an annual loss of about three thousand dollars. Meanwhile the four-week median price slipped about three thousand dollars from last week to settle at $347,000 for an annual increase of eight thousand dollars.


Overbid sales saw a bit of a comeback as four sellers found a buyer willing to pay more than they were asking with an average bonus of $1,100. Another four made off with a full price offer while 38 of 46 sales closed below the asking price netting the buyer an average discount of $11,400.


Other notable real estate activity this past week included 54 cancelled and withdrawn listings (50 and four respectively), 61 expired listings and 26 price changes.


My family will be celebrating Christmas next weekend so the Week in Review will be delayed a few days. I’ll get at it early the following week. If you celebrate too, we wish you the happiest of days, packed full of the people, food and other fun stuff that you enjoy the most. Merry Christmas.


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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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