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Saskatoon real estate week in review: September 3-9, 2017

Saskatoon real estate sales fell lower this week, partly due to a shortened work week. Local agents reported 56 firm residential transactions to the Saskatoon multiple listing service®, down from 77 the previous week for an annual decline of nine homes. On the heels of a particularly quiet listing week, the number of new listings brought to the MLS® spiked to 167. That’s 40 more properties than hit the system the previous week, but it’s well below the 190 that came on the market during the same period last year.


The total number of Saskatoon homes available to buyers through the MLS® inched lower for the third consecutive week. As of this morning there are 2104 active residential listings, down just eight from last week’s close, and up five percent from a year ago when 2004 properties were showing an active status on the system. Year-over-year increases to the inventory have been moderating over the past few weeks and will very likely trend lower as the weather cools. A closer look at the major categories shows single-family homes at 1218, up from 1102 last year. Condos are at 788 which is up by 54 units annually.


Stronger activity at the upper end of the Saskatoon real estate market brought a jump of more than twenty thousand dollars to both the weekly median price, and the weekly average. They closed the period at $349,950 and $351,698 respectively. The six-week average price grew roughly twenty-five hundred dollars from last week to reach $340,395 to record an annual drop of just over eleven thousand dollars. The four-week median price rebounded nearly 20K to reach $340,000 matching the number recorded at the close of the same week last year.


Sellers who may have been dreaming of a bidding war that would lead to a deal above their asking price were left disappointed as no overbid sales were reported. Seven deals did close at the asking price. Meanwhile, 49 of this week’s buyers broke away from the negotiating table having ground out a discount that averaged $13,466. While that is one of the largest average underbids we’ve seen in quite some time, it’s skewed by some larger discounts included an $800,000 sale with an asking price of $850,000.


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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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