Saskatoon real estate week in review: March 25-31, 2012

Saskatoon real estate week in review: March 25-31, 2012
Saskatoon home sales spiked higher this week making a rare appearance above the 100-unit mark for the first time since early September of last year. Local agents reported a whopping 113 single-family home and condominium sales to the Saskatoon multiple listing service® for a weekly gain of 48 homes, well up from the 71 properties that traded during the same week last spring.

Meanwhile, new listing numbers slipped by 15 when compared against the previous weekto 115 homes, down about 20 from the numbers registered during the same period a year ago.

The total inventory of residential properties that are currently offered for sale on Saskatoon’s multiple listing service® took an unusual turn for the season we’re in and slipped by 38 units compared against the close of the previous week to finish at just 1031, about 185 units lower than levels seen a year ago, even breaking below 2009’s weaker levels for the first time. Today, we see just 609 single-family homes and 336 condominiums showing the active status. Looking back a year ago, those numbers stood at 693 and 446, respectively. Single-family home inventory is down 12 percent on a year-over-year basis while condo inventory has slipped lower by 25 percent.

Weekly price measures can be misleading, when examined by themselves. A large number of sales at either the upper end, or the lower end of the market can skew them severely. That certainly happened this week as the average sale price of a Saskatoon home reached the highest level that I can ever recall seeing at $364,183. Higher end buyers were on the move as the weekly median grew by more than $60,000 from the previous week to $332,500. There were 14 sales above the $500,000 mark this week and a pretty good handful that broke $400K. The six-week average price moved higher by thirteen thousand dollars on a weekly basis reaching $331,206 for an annual gain of more than thirty thousand dollars. The four-week median price pushed higher by twelve thousand dollars to $312K to finish ahead of last year’s number by twenty thousand dollars.

For the most part, buyers found a seller willing to negotiate, at least a bit, as 91 of 113-recorded sales closed at a price that was below the asking price. The average discount registered at $9,624. Five lucky sellers got a bit more than they had asked for finishing their deal up by $4,730. An additional 17 Saskatoon home buyers stepped up and delivered a full price offer on the home that they ended up purchasing.

Other notable Saskatoon real estate activity this week included 39 cancelled or withdrawn listings, just 16 expired listings, and 41 price adjustments.

Highlights from the news this past week

Some positives in budget for housing market - Star Phoenix
Canada’s economic growth slows - Star Phoenix
City moves Kensington plan forward - Star Phoenix
Rates are rising! Oh wait, scratch that – Globe and Mail
Banks can absorb a hit to the housing market – Financial Post
Maybe we aren’t too indebted – Financial Post
Ottawa to tighten CMHC oversight – Financial Post
More Canadians chipping away at their debt - Star Phoenix
Home affordability uncertain for many with small rate hike – Globe and Mail
Saskatoon’s economy ‘red hot’ – Star Phoenix
Home prices keep climbing, though gains are slowing – Financial Post
Saskatoon’s growth to lead nation: Conference Board - Star Phoenix
Mortgage rates in Canada have nowhere to go but up – Financial Post
Regina led nation with 6.1% GDP growth in 2011 – Leader Post
Extra costs of buying a house can surprise first-timers - Star Phoenix
Province poised for growth - Star Phoenix
Moody’s puts odds on soft landing for Canadian housing – Financial Post
Echoes of the boom: European immigration is back – Star Phoenix
Supportive factors in place for Canadian housing in 2012: TDEconomics

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate


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