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Saskatoon real estate week in review: September 20-26, 2015

All things considered, Saskatoon real estate agents reported some pretty strong numbers this week. A total of 96 residential properties were reported as being firmly sold, up six from the previous week, and just seven fewer than were sold during the same week last year. That said, sales activity month-to-date reveals the same softness that we’ve seen through most of this year. Last September, 427 Saskatoon homes traded hands. With just three business days remaining in the month, we’ve just passed the 300 mark for this September. Assuming that 60 or so sales flow through the multiple listing service® during the first half of the week, we’ll be looking at declines of around 15 percent, year-over-year, more or less in line with the five year average.


The number of new residential listings added to the MLS® continued to show drops for the third consecutive week. Local agents wrote 203 new listings, down from 214 last week but still well ahead on an annual basis. Last year, just 172 listings were added to the system over the same period of time.


Active Saskatoon real estate listings in the residential category remained flat at 2057, down just one unit from totals recorded a week ago but ahead of last year’s levels by 460 homes. Today we see 1165 single-family homes displaying a “for sale” status up on the multiple listing service® up from 1017 a year ago, a 13 percent increase. Condo inventory sits at 688, up from 460 a year ago for an annual increase of a whopping 50 percent. Ouch!


A bit more action at the upper end of the market saw the median sale price of a Saskatoon home spike higher to $347,750 while the average sale price jumped a more modest 10K to $347,098 and reached its highest point in five weeks. The six-week average sale price slipped lower for the fifth week in a row to finish at $343,817. That’s down about eleven thousand dollars from levels recorded a year ago. The four-week median price made some gains finishing ahead of last week by about fifteen hundred dollars at $334,888 for an annual drop of ten thousand dollars.

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Seven sellers got more than their asking price by an average of $21,772. A closer look reveals one new home that went $70,000 above list. It’s fair to assume that this home was reported with a price that included additional improvements not anticipated in the original list price.  On the other hand, 80 of this week’s 96 deals closed below list price with an average discount of $10,909. Another seven sales were recorded at the seller’s full asking price.


Other notable real estate activity this past week included 106 cancelled and withdrawn listings (100 and six respectively), 46 expired listings and 107 price changes.


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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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