2019 Saskatoon Market Update

2019 Media Release Articles

September brings increases in Saskatoon home sales, listings and prices 

October 5th, 2019

Saskatoon — The first month of autumn had spring in its step as Saskatoon’s residential housing market saw increases in listings, sales and the average price, according to statistics from the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR).

Sales rose 14 per cent to 305, up from last September’s 267 and 260 the year before, while the average price was up 10 per cent to $351,741 from $319,534. 

Those factors contributed to a 26 per cent jump in the dollar volume of sales, which came in at $107.3 million — well up from $85.3 million last September and $89.5 million in 2017.

More homeowners decided to put their properties on the market, as well, listing 717 homes, up 11 per cent from 647 last year.

“The market is really balanced right now,” said Trevor Schmidt, interim CEO of SRAR. “With the sales to listing ratio being at 43 per cent, it indicates both sellers and buyers are able to come together and get deals done. It’s a good situation for both seller and buyer.“

"If you go back six months, the market has been trending toward balance.”

Year-to-date, sales in the city are up seven per cent to 2,855 from 2,677, while listings have fallen two per cent to 6,393 from 6,520. The average price of $332,762 is practically unchanged from last year’s $332,757.

In the region surrounding Saskatoon, including the cities of Warman and Martensville, sales were down 11 per cent to 76 from 85 in September while listings rose 14 per cent to 227 from 199. The average selling price, however, was up three per cent to $302,502. Dollar volume came in at $22.9 million, down eight per cent from last year’s $25 million.

Regional year-to-date sales are down five per cent to 755 from 797, and listings are down one per cent to 2,422 from 2,454. The average price so far this year is down three per cent to $295,187 from $303,636, and dollar volume has fallen eight per cent to $222.8 million from $242 million.

At the end of September, active residential listings in the city were down two per cent to 1,896 from last year’s 1,944. Listings in the region were also down two per cent to 1,143 from 1,161.

Prince Albert

The Prince Albert region’s September market was stable with last year, posting 46 sales — down by just one unit — and precisely the same number of listings, at 125. Dollar volume receded two per cent to $10.25 million from $10.5 million. 

However, year-to-date, the dollar volume is up two per cent to $99.7 million from $97.7 million, on sales of 465, up eight per cent from last year’s 431. Listings have fallen by four per cent to 1,318 from 1,371.

September’s average selling price in the city itself was up six per cent to $247,338 from $232,563, while the year-to-date number is down five per cent to $219,288. In the region, the average was up one per cent to $222,154, although the year-to-date price is down 14 per cent to $207,563.

The Battlefords

The Battlefords and region housing market rebounded significantly in September. Forty-four homes sold, up eight per cent from last year’s 37, while the dollar volume jumped 40 per cent to $9.4 million, up from $6.7 million. Listings were also up eight per cent to 84 from 78.

The average selling price came in at $210,206, up six per cent from last year’s $198,660.

In the Battlefords cities, sales came in at 17, up from 15 last year, at an average price of $210,206, up six per cent from $198,660. Listings were up 17 per cent to 41 from 35. Dollar volume jumped 20 per cent to $3.6 million from $3 million. 

Regional sales rose 50 per cent to 24 from 16, at an average price of $228,267, up 26 per cent from $181,056. Listings in the region were up 21 per cent to 29 from 24.

Year-to-date, the Battlefords and region saw a six per cent drop in unit listings to 973, down from 1,039; and a two per cent increase in sales, to 297 from 291. Dollar volume is down 10 per cent to $57.2 million from $63.8 million.

For further information, please contact:Trevor Schmidt, Interim CEO of SRAR, at 306-343-3445.

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  2018 Saskatoon Market Update

2018 Media Release Articles

Home Sales Soften in November

Saskatoon December 5th, 2018.

The total number of residential home sales for the month of November in Saskatoon on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) totaled 203 units. This represents a 22% decline compared to the same month last year. The highest total for sales to the end of November was in 2014 reaching 4,203 transactions. This total has been steadily declining since with year to date sales at the lowest in ten years. At the end of last month there was a total of 3,167 residential MLS® transactions in the city, this is a 25% decline from the high of 2014. 

Total new residential MLS® listings has also been declining since 2015 when there were 9,411 by the end of November. The total number of residential MLS® listings for Saskatoon as of November 30th was 7,646, a 12% decline compared to last year and a 19% decrease from 2015.  Total active residential listings at the end of last month was 1,716, comparable to the five-year average and slightly higher than the 10-year average of 1,388. At the current rate of sales, it would take just over 8 months to liquidate the current active listing inventory. “The months of inventory has been steadily increasing from 3.8 months in November of 2012.” comments Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR). “Even though homes in November were selling at 96.2% of the asking price, it still took two months for the average home to sell in Saskatoon” he added. The sales to new listing ratio helps to determine if it is a sellers or buyers’ market. It is considered to be a balanced market when the ratio is at 50%, a lower percentage than this is considered a buyers’ market and above, a sellers’ market. The sales to listing ratio in Saskatoon for November was 38%, favoring buyers. 

Typically, when referencing home prices, the focus in real estate is often on the average price. The danger in this is that the average can be misleading and is easily skewed. Case in point, if there are more, higher priced homes that sell in a certain period than another comparable period, the average will be higher. The opposite could occur the following month resulting in a lower average. A better indicator of what is happening with home prices is the Home Price Index. The Home Price Index establishes attributes for a typical single-family home with a base value in 2005. From that starting point, changes in value are recorded over time to get a better sense of what is happening to pricing and where prices may be trending. The value for the typical single-family home in January of 2005 was $140,400. This value reached its peak in May of 2015 at $329,500. Currently this value is at $310,900. Even though this is up 0.8% from a year ago, it has been trending downward in the past 6 months very slightly. For more information on HPI go to contact a member of the SRAR or visit saskatoonrealtors.ca .

“It’s important to remember that even in a buyers’ market sellers can be successful in realizing a sale on their home” advises Yochim, “The most important step in selling is pricing a specific property to the current market conditions with the expertise of a professional REALTOR®”. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are dedicated to developing professional standards and continuing education in the real estate profession. This is not the case for those who sell real estate in the province and who are not members of an association of REALTORS®.

For further information, please contact:

Jason Yochim CAE, CRAE

Chief Executive Officer – Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® jason@srar.ca 306-343-3444

 

 

 

 

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