First quarter sales for 2011 continued to be strong. Saskatoon REALTORS® assisting 346 home buyers with the purchase of their dream home. This number was down 4% from March of 2010 when 359 homes were sold. Year-to-date, unit sales numbers stand at 821, up 6% from 2010 when the total stood at 772. The $300,000 to $350,000 price range continues to be the most active. The average number of days to sell in the month of March was 36.
The average residential selling price in March was $294,025. This number is up 4% from March of 2010 when it was $282,393.
REALTORS® listed 694 homes in March, down 6% from March of 2010 when 739 properties were listed for sale. Year-to-date, 1769 homes have been listed for sale, up 11% from when the 2010 first quarter ended with 1599 being placed on the market. Home buyers had 1219 homes to choose from at the end of March.
In areas surrounding Saskatoon, sales were very active with 91 homes selling, down 6% from March of 2010 when 96 homes were sold. REALTORS® listed 274 properties in these areas in the month of March. That number is down 9% from March of 2010 when 300 properties were placed on the market. Year-to-date, 664 properties have been listed for sale, up 9% from this time in 2010. The average number of days to sell in areas around Saskatoon during the month of March was 66.
The new home market remains strong with steady city lot sales taking place. Interest rates remain unchanged being favorable to purchase that next home. Job creation in the Saskatoon area remains steady. The forecast for the next quarter of 2011 is for listing and sales numbers to continue to balance and for prices level or move up slightly due to demand.
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