Saskatoon real estate week in review: July 29-August 4, 2012

Saskatoon real estate week in review: July 29-August 4, 2012

Sales of houses and condos inched ahead of the previous week as Saskatoon real estate agents reported 88 firm sales to the multiple listing service® for a weekly gain of seven to finish higher than the same week last year by 27 home sales.

New listings of Saskatoon homes dropped, but only slightly, losing three from the previous week’s numbers as a total of 143 houses and condos were added to the MLS® system this week, still well ahead of the 111 properties listed during the same period of 2011.

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After showing gains over three consecutive weeks, an unusual occurrence at this time of the year, the total inventory of residential listings available on the Saskatoon multiple listing service® dipped lower, thanks in part to normal month-end expired listings. Total inventory slipped by 15 units compared to the close of the previous week to settle at 1234. Last year at this time, 1395 Saskatoon homes were for sale on the MLS®. As of this morning, there are 759 single-family homes and 406 condominiums bearing the active status. Compare that to 821 and 495 one year ago.

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With a lot more activity at the upper end of the market including ten sales that came in above the half-million-dollar mark, the average sale price of a Saskatoon home jumped more than twenty thousand dollars from last week to $351,557. The weekly median price followed along growing by 18K from a week ago to $338,200. Meanwhile, the six-week average price of a Saskatoon home stayed stable on a weekly basis at $334,916 to finish well ahead of last year’s number of $307,380. The four-week median-priced pushed higher gaining a little more than five thousand dollars on the week to close at $322,500 and claimed an annual gain of just more than 19K.

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At the negotiation table, just five buyers stepped up to pay the seller’s full asking price. That’s approaching its lowest point since late winter. Another four buyers paid a little more than asking price to firm up a home purchase, on average offering an additional $1,850. In other wheeling and dealing, 79 of this week’s 88 closed transactions were finished below the seller’s asking price by an average discount of $8,107.

Other notable MLS® activity this week includes 36 canceled and withdrawn listings and 47 listings that left the system after failing to sell for the duration of the listing period. Another 38 Saskatoon home sellers adjusted their asking price in hopes of attracting a buyer before the fall.

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I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra

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