2009 Residential Home Sales Surpass 2008
Information summarized from SRAR January 2010 media release
In the month of December Saskatoon REALTORS® assisted 211 buyers to fulfill their home ownership dreams, this number up 31% from 2008 when 161 homes were purchased. Year to date 3,822 residential units have been sold up 9% from 2008 when 3,520 homes were sold at this same time.
The average residential selling price remained steady at $291,554.00 up 9% from December 2008 when the average selling price was $266,420.00. Year to date the average selling price was $ 278,779.00 down 3% from 2008. In 2008 the dollar volume remained high but unit sales were down slightly thus the reason for the slightly lower overall average selling price.
In 2009 REALTORS® sold $ 1,065,500,000.00 of residential real estate in Saskatoon. This number represents an increase of 5% from 2008 when $ 1,013,117,000.00 was sold. The highest amount of activity in 2009 was in $300,000 to $350,000.00 price range followed by significant activity in the $275,000.00 to $300,000.00 price range.
Listing inventory continued to correct throughout 2009. Home buyers had 703 homes to select from at the end of December as compared to 1,127 in December 2008. REALTORS® listed 212 properties last month down 13% from December 2008 when 245 homes were placed on the market for sale.
Sales activity in communities surrounding Saskatoon was also very high during 2009. 47 properties were purchased in December that number up 68% from December 2008 when 28 properties were purchased. Year to date 951 properties have been sold up 9% from 2008 when 869 properties were sold. The average selling price was $258,996.00 up 15% from 2008 when the average price was $224,421.00.
At year end consumer confidence in the local economy remains optimistic a necessary component for consumer spending. All indicators point to a stable, steady real estate market in 2010. Unknown variables capable of affecting the market place are provincial revenue streams e.g. potash and oil prices.