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Saskatoon real estate: Week in review (January 14-18 2008)

Active Saskatoon real estate listings held steady this week showing a total of 393 units including 169 single family homes and 178 condominiums across all Saskatoon neighbourhoods and all price ranges. New listings dropped to 73 homes, from 85 last week.


Residential unit sales of both houses and condos inched back up over the 50 mark for the first time since mid-December. Area 1 was most active producing 22 of those sales.


This January has a similar feel when compared to the same month last year, at least when it comes to inquiries. The phone is ringing a lot and a steady stream of email inquiries continue to find their way to our inbox daily. It’s amazing though how much of an impact the additional listing we have this year makes. While it looks like we will probably exceed last January’s sale numbers, buyers are generally tougher and they don’t feel near the pressure that they were feeling at this time last year. That’s a good thing for everyone.


Just the same, there are some signs that the spring market is just around the corner. I note that this week produced the highest percentage of “at list” or “above list price” sales since the week of October 1-5. Additionally, the average underbid declined again for the fourth week in a row. The difference between the average list price and the average sale price has been gradually, but consistently declining for several weeks now. The bottom line is that the inventory of Saskatoon houses is still very low, in spite of the increased level we have this year. Buyers just don’t have very many options and the market will likely continue to favour sellers through the spring months.


 I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions. 


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Norm Fisher Royal LePage Vidorra

Norm Fisher, TeamFisher

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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