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Saskatoon real estate week in review: May 20-26, 2012


Over the past week, sales of detached houses and condominiums continued at a pace that’s typical for this time of the year. Saskatoon real estate agents reported 95 firm deals in those two housing categories to the Saskatoon multiple listing service®. Those numbers are down ten units from the previous week, but up 15 from sales recorded during the same week last year.


New listings of houses and condos came in at 150 properties for a week-over-week decline of just four homes but ended sharply higher than the 114 Saskatoon homes that were listed on the MLS® over the same period of time a year ago.


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Quickly approaching the time of year at which the total inventory of Saskatoon homes available on the multiple listing service® tends to peak for the year, MLS® inventory failed to gain much traction again. The numbers grew by just 11 units over the course of the week to close at 1214, about 15 percent short of levels seen at the same point in 2011. Assuming that this trend continues, it appears that the current inventory line on our chart will break the bottom line to reach its lowest level for June in five years time. Today there are 733 single-family detached homes and just 399 condominiums bearing an active status on the MLS® system. At this time last year, we had 823 houses and 509 condos available to home buyers.


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The average selling price of a Saskatoon home remained strong as it lost just one thousand dollars compared to the previous week and closed at $348,424. The weekly median took about a ten percent increase over sales recorded the previous week to reach $345,000. Meanwhile, the six-week average price trailed lower again, dropping just under one thousand dollars to $341,341 to claim a year-over-year gain of about twenty-two thousand dollars. The four-week median price also softened, slipping three thousand dollars over the week to $314,900 for annual growth of just under nine thousand dollars. This brings a continuation of the recent trend in which year-over-year gains to the four-week median price have been moderating. Through April, the annual gains to the four-week median were all $25K, or greater. Since the first week of May, the annual growth has been running at about half of that or less.


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Overbid sales accounted for less than ten percent of our sales last week with seven sellers receiving an above list price offer. On average, those sellers netted an additional $5,012 above what they were asking. Another 11 decided to jump when their prospective buyer offered to pay the full price while 77 of the 95 firm deals reported by Saskatoon real estate agents this week came in below the asking price by an average of $8,118.


Other notable Saskatoon real estate activity this week included 44 canceled and withdrawn listings, just 9 properties that expired from the system without a sale and 33 price changes.


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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

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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