Christine Lelond Your Home Expert

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There are many reasons why you might suddenly need to sell your home. It could be an unexpected work relocation, a change in family circumstances, or simply a desire to move.


Whatever the reason, selling quickly requires some fast action on your part. But that doesn't mean you need to get into panic mode. You can list and sell your property, quickly while still enjoying the process!


The first thing you need to do is figure out how to make your home show its best. In addition to cleaning and decluttering, that might include getting any needed repairs done, sprucing up the place by painting and perhaps even doing some minor improvements.


How much you need to "stage" your property depends on many factors, including what conditions are like in the local real estate market. For example, you may not need to make each room look like a page from a decorating magazine if you’re in a seller’s market.


So, before you start any work, talk to me about what needs to be done to make your home ready to be seen by buyers.


The next thing you’ll need to consider is the list price. Your list price is especially important if you want to sell soon. No, you don't need to low-ball your listing to attract interested buyers — in fact, doing that might actually have the opposite effect. But you do need to price your property competitively.


In addition, it's smart to line up the resources you'll need, especially if you're also buying a new home. For example: get recommendations for a real estate lawyer, contractor, mortgage advisor, cleaning service, pet daycare, etc.


I’m well-connected in the local home industry, so I can recommend you to reputable professionals I know and trust.


A final tip: If you want to sell quickly, you need to start the process now. Give me a call to get the ball rolling.

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I have listed a new property at 314 25TH ST W in Saskatoon.
Character meets artistic charm! Excellent value for this 3 bedroom & den, 2 bath, 1370sqft 1½ storey starter home located in the heart of Caswell Hill. Upon entry you’ll immediately fall in love one of the most artistic features of this home; the original decorative wooden carved Inspirational Book staircase leading to the 2nd floor with 3 ample sized bedrooms and upgraded bathroom with tile encased bathtub & accent vanity. The open plan main floor features a bright sun room with unique ‘paper bag’ flooring, an inviting dual entrance living room with original hardwood and over-sized accent crown molding. The spacious updated kitchen's sure to please featuring an abundance of refinished wood cabinets with included cabinet pantry, an updated back splash, modern dual sink with high raise faucet, newer stainless steel fridge & stove, bonus b/i dishwasher and completed by the charming 'eat at' island. There's additional dine-in room for entertaining within the off kitchen dining room with window that adds to natural brightness & character of the home. Completing this floor is a den/office room and 3 piece bath/laundry combo with corner shower and glass bowl sink vanity with included newer washer & dryer that's conveniently located off the large mudroom that promotes home cleanliness & lends easy access to & from the fully fenced backyard landscaped with garden beds and a patio & encased in trees & shrubs maximizing privacy with direct alley/lane access and room for future garage. A clean basement with an enclosed cold storage room offers more than enough room to store personal items, use as a personal gym space or work shop. Additional features are central air & central vacuum with numerous renovations/updates throughout over the years such as PVC windows, electrical wiring & panel, high efficiency furnace, hot water heater, vinyl siding, doors, paint, flooring & more. Walking distance to the core of downtown& across from the city projected future park development.
$214,900MLS. Caswell Hill, Saskatoon
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I have listed a new property at 21 St Clara AVE in Prud'homme.
WOW! Prime location for this ideal 3+1 bedroom, 3 bathroom 1650 sqft luxury built family home on two separate titles lots. Privacy is abundant being tucked away in the farthest Northeast corner cul–du-sac of family/community oriented Prud’homme that’s surrounded by greenery & farmland fields with no neighbors. One of the best locations in town not to mention eye catching curb appeal. As soon as you enter the expansive foyer you’ll feel the grandness this home exudes. Featuring an over-sized family room with five span bay window, formal dining room with included china cabinet. Decorative tiled kitchen with an abundance of solid oak cabinetry, in kitchen & side pantry locations & quaint eating breakfast nook. Step down to the sunken family room with built in entertainment wall & gas fireplace and garden doors for easy access to the 23’2 x 21’1 wood deck. Enjoy the expansive master bedroom overlooking the backyard with private 3 piece en-suite and the large size of the 2 other bedrooms and 4 piece upgraded main bathroom with tile counter and basin sink. The almost fully completed basement with only minor finishing’s left to complete offers more living space with a games area and family room, additional bedroom, separate 2 piece bathroom, laundry room and 3 private storage & cold storage area’s. A great feature of this home is the insulated, dry walled & heated 19’2 x 28’3 double attached garage that lends direct access both from the main floor & basement for ability to be suited if desired. Spread out and enjoy the expansiveness of the 2 lots and make full use of the 3 sheds already built; a workshop shed with b/i cabinetry is 20’2x20’2 & additional storage sheds 12x2x10’2 & 16’2x12’1. With so much space you can easy live on one lot, then build or expand on the other. Includes Central air, ride on lawn mower, rototiller & 6 appliances. You’ll have total ownership pride owing the best real estate in town with this home. An absolute must see/must buy.
$219,900MLS. Prud'homme
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Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good.


But that isn't the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe.


• Clean your stove burners and oven regularly. Hard grease build-up can become combustible.


• Check your cupboard for cleaning products, paints and other liquids that are flammable. Read each label carefully. Use and store each product only as recommended.


• If you keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen — and you should — confirm that it is still good. Extinguishers are like food. They have expiry dates!


• Go over your fire escape plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows exactly what to do if a smoke detector goes off or if there's a fire. (Don't have a fire escape plan? Make one!)


• Check that all windows open easily, especially upper floor windows.


• Check appliances you use often, such as hair dryers, for worn or frayed cords.


• Regularly clear away lint build-up in the clothes dryer. Check the outside dryer vent annually to make sure it's clear and working correctly.


• If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, get it cleaned and inspected by a licensed technician once a year.


Many local fire departments offer homeowners free tips and even in-home advice and inspections at no cost. Contact your fire department and ask about programs available to you.

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I have listed a new property at 142 Parkview COVE in Osler.
Quality 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1587sqft 2-storey family home built by reputable Ehrenburg homes. This is the dream home you've been waiting for; attractively priced, in a prime family friendly neighborhood cul-du-sac location at the southernmost edge of Osler, facing Parkview Park, backing green space with no neighbors and easy access to Highway 11. This beautiful home is sure to impress once you enter the grand foyer. Featuring a bright, naturally lightened desirable open floor plan. The spacious living room & dining room with patio door overlooks the fully fenced, landscaped back yard. For the cuisine enthusiast, a sparkling white modern kitchen with corner pantry, 4 Whirlpool stainless steel appliances and a peninsula bar seating style counter. Additional value on this floor is found with a quaint 2 piece bathroom & coat closet conveniently located adjacent to the double attached garage access door to enhance cleanliness. A widened staircase with decorative banister leads to the 2nd floor showcasing a rare, sought after build feature that's among one of the best aspects of the home; a vaulted ceiling bonus room! Ideal as a family room or playroom, it overlooks the convenient child friendly park & playground. Additionally there are 2 ample sized bedrooms, one with a raised reading or entertainment nook, the other a walk-in closet. The large Master bedroom overlooking the backyard boasts a 4 piece en-suite and walk-in closet. A central 4 piece bathroom & conveniently placed enclosed laundry room completes this floor. The full sized basement is ready for personal development of choice with the perimeter walls framed, insulated & polyed. This fantastic home was built to last with many upgraded items such as keyless entry, triple glaze windows, fiberglass shingles, vinyl siding & stone accent exterior, Lennox high efficiency heating, VanEE, Weiser & Kohler products. Being this home is only 5 years old there is still remaining Sask New Home Warranty included.
$309,900MLS. Osler
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I have listed a new property at 41 Laurier CRES in Sarilia Country Estates.
UNIQUE PRIME RIVERFRONT building lot located in desirable Sarilia Country Estates. This piece of paradise offers a stunning breathtaking panoramic views of the North Saskatchewan River to the north east and to the south west. Uniquely shaped & above average in lot size. Across from a nature trail and environmental reserve that provides additional solitude and shelter. Offered significantly below developer pricing. Build your dream house without breaking your budget. Services (power, natural gas, phone & internet) at property edge and ready to tie into your new home. Community organized water and sewer are hauled. At Sarilia, neighbors are friends, children play freely and year-round family recreation is right on your doorstep such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming & beach fun, hiking the trails, snowshoeing, river skating, biking, or simply walking the dog; you'll find plenty of outdoor activities to pursue. Residents enjoy a community garden & pastureland, abundant wildlife, lush green spaces and wildflowers & gorgeous prairie sunsets. The town of Langham (6kms away) offers direct busing to elementary and high schools. Saskatoon only 20 minute drive on double lane Highway.
$49,900MLS. Sarilia Country Estates
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Why is making a big change in life often so difficult?


According to psychologists, maintaining the "status quo" is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are "okay", even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist.


You may have experienced this if you’ve thought about selling your current property and finding your next dream home. Your house may be "good enough" for you now and the neighbourhood might be "okay" too. So, even if your dream is to get into a better home that's more suited to your family and lifestyle, you may be hesitant.


That's just the way the psychology works.


One way to get around this psychology is to get your dream out of your head and on to paper. Write down the kind of home you'd love to live in next. For example, you may want a detached home, with 3-bedrooms in a family-oriented neighbourhood. Also jot down the specific features and characteristics of the property and neighbourhood such as a goodsized backyard, family-size kitchen, and an easy commute to work. That will help you see the real possibilities.


Next, find out whether getting into a home like this is doable for you right now. Avoid making assumptions. Get the facts. Find out what you can expect to get for your current property, and what you'll need to spend for the new home.


If you discover that moving to your next dream home is something you can swing this year, your hesitancy will likely vanish! I can help you get the information you need to make the best decision. Call me.

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As the province continues to re-open, the real estate sector is experiencing a strong recovery. Year-over-year sales across the province were up close to 50% from June of last year (and only down 0.3% year-to-date showing that we’ve nearly recovered all of the sales lost during the lockdown), new listings were up almost 8% (down 14.5% year-to-date), and the median home price was up almost 2% (down 1.5% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 17 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks, suggesting that people are quite eager to buy now and make up for lost time due to the pandemic.


This recovery was expected as physical distancing restrictions were loosened and as people’s confidence began to return. With the economy getting back to “normal”, people are getting excited to buy homes. “We’ve seen properties in some markets sell within days of being listed,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim. “And we’ve even seen bidding wars start to break out”, suggesting that people are quite motivated to buy and may be willing to pay more than full listing price. This could help to further drive Saskatchewan’s recovery as people are encouraged to list due to rising prices.

Prices and the number of new listings are still down in some markets (and some markets have seen an increase in the number of days for properties to sell), which continues to reflect the local nature of real estate. Despite the relatively sluggish performance compared with the rest of the province, however, these markets appear to be headed for a recovery as well and may soon return to pre-COVID level activity as the province and the economy re-open and return to normal.


Although Statistics Canada has not released the latest employment figures, employment rose 1.8% in May (while full-time employment rose 1.6%) suggesting that more people are returning to work and that a number of jobs are relatively secure despite the higher levels of unemployment created by the pandemic. Rising employment levels are promising since it means that people have the money needed to buy and help support a broader recovery.

While the future is uncertain and the recovery may slow down if we see a spike in COVID cases over the next few months, the government’s phased re-opening plan should help to minimize any potential new threats. This is boosting confidence and allowing the real estate market to recover now and help the economy to recover. “The multiple offers that members are getting,” and the low levels of inventory currently available suggest that the market has recovered and is well on its way to making up for the losses that the pandemic brought. “We may not have as good of a year as last” says Yochim, “but we should do pretty well all things considered.”


Sales in Saskatoon were up 38.4%, going from 372 in June 2019 to 515 in June 2020, and up 42.7% in the overall region, going from 504 to 719. In Saskatoon, sales were 27.5% above the 5-year average (and 17.7% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 29.2% above the 5-year average (and 21.5% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon fell 3.6% over last year, decreasing from 1,842 to 1,776, while YTD sales in the larger region fell 1.0%, going from 2,480 to 2,456.


Sales volume was up 36.1% in the city, going from $126.8M to $172.6M in 2020 (24.6% above the 5-year average, and 15.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $601.9M, a decrease of 1.4% from last year. In the region, sales volume was down 0.7%, going from $782.1M to $787.4M (28.0% above the 5-year average and 20.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 0.7% in the region, rising from $782.1M in 2019 to $787.4M in 2020.


In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in June 2020 rose 5.9%, going from 784 to 830 (5.0% below the 5-year average and 2.9% below the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 4.8% from 1,174 last year to 1,230 this year (3.5% below the 5-year average and 1.3% below the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 11.6%, going from 4,204 to 3,716, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 13.6%, going from 6,262 to 5,411. Active listings fell 19.6% in Saskatoon (down from 1,971 to 1,585) and fell 19.9% in the region (down from 3,561 to 2,852).


Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3 (which is 41.9% below the level last year and 40.6% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 62.0%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4 (which is 43.9% below the level last year and 39.7% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 58.5%, suggesting balanced market conditions.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 43 days in June—down 12.2% from 49 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 46 days and above the 10-year average of 41 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 54 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 56 days last year (and 1.1% above the 5-year average).


Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $320,000 to $329,900 (an increase of 3.1%) and were approximately 1.0% above the 5-year and 0.7% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 0.9% from $306,500 to $309,400. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $326,858 which is 1.3% above the $322,600 price from the same time last year.


Median home prices in the region went from $310,000 to $312,500 (an increase of 0.8%) and were approximately 0.5% below the 5-year and 0.8% below the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $308,171 which is 2.1% above the $301,767 price from the same time last year.  ~ July 2020 SRA News Release


Looking for sound market advice?  As REALTOR® and Nationally Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR®, Seller Representative Specialist - SRS® and Real Estate Negotiation Expert - RENE, I can provide you with this advice. Call today.

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I have just sold a property at 905 TEMPERANCE ST in Saskatoon.
INVESTORS CHECK OUT THIS DEAL!!! PRICED $90,000 BELOW Oct. 2017 APPRAISAL. PRIME LOCATION. Rare and unique 3 suite revenue property in beautiful NUTANA; situated on one of the most desirable streets in Saskatoon. Fully rented this property was generating $3200/month. This income generating property has a South Easterly exposure, charming street appeal and many character touches. Live in or rent the Main floor which is accessed by an inviting front veranda that leads to a spacious porch/mudroom. Main floor, newly painted, features a spacious living room accented by beautiful original hardwood and gas fireplace with surrounding wooden cabinetry, a large formal dining room & galley kitchen with newer Vinyl flooring, European bathroom and two ample sized bedrooms. The currently rented second level features a bright, open concept loft living style consisting of a living room, dining area, breakfast/sitting nook and upgraded kitchen with newer laminate flooring, quaint bathroom with skylight and 2 large bedrooms with newer carpet. The basement suite, newly painted, features, a trendy open style kitchen and dining area , large living room with nook and 2 large bedrooms and over sized bathroom with built in linen shelving. Shared laundry in common area basement and each suite has its own separate entrance. The attached over sized 21 x 17.9 garage had previously been used by owner as a separate living space. Though currently not functional as a garage or heated, it’s easily converted back or could be further developed to make a possible functional 4th suite. Fully fenced, large mature lot with shed & triple asphalt parking in back. Upgrades being: boiler (2014), Hot water tank (2018), electrical panel (2007), shingles (2010). Includes 10 appliances and sauna. Walking distance to University and Rotary Park. Close downtown and Broadway.
$434,900. Nutana, Saskatoon
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Congratulations again to my repeat VIP Larry!


As a loyal customer for a many years, I was thrilled when you previously asked my help in selling this property for you which quickly turned into a SRS SOLD.  However, though rare, the un-thinkable of bad luck can and did occur ---- long story short, here I am again putting up yet another SRS SOLD sign.  Deja Vu or second time being the charm, it is definitely a professional achievement to have overcome the previous sale obstacles and achieve this long awaited FIRM sale for you so that you can finally move onward. 


I cannot express how thank-full I am for your never-wavering trust and for always being so accepting and forthright in taking and implementing my advice.   Thank-you so much for choosing me to be your Seller Representative Specialist, it’s been an absolute pleasure representing you. 


Wishing you all the best and an abundance of life’s luck as you move forward into your future plans.

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I have just sold a property at 204 355 Kingsmere BLVD in Saskatoon.
BY FAR THE LOWEST PRICED 2BD CONDO IN LAKEVIEW. Desirable Lakeview location & situated in one of the best spots within the LakePointe complex, as the building backs residential. This appealing 2nd floor corner unit showcases a modern open floor plan accented by a classic 'eat in' European kitchen with picturesque pass through window. The spacious living room has a decorative only fireplace with an abundance of natural light coming from the patio doors that lead to the oversized wooden balcony containing an enclosed personal storage area with views overlooking the courtyard & park playground as well from the oversized window in the formal dining room. Both bedrooms provide northern views while the master bedroom has a his & her walk through closet that provides direct (cheater) access to the full bath. Price Includes all furniture within unit, four appliances, exclusive use of one paved electric parking stall located in view to the left of units balcony, with additional stalls available on a rental basis. The unit itself features a storage room ideal for the addition of in-suite laundry and the unit itself is located beside the common laundry room for easy access. The complex itself is pet friendly with plenty of visitor parking. This premium Lakeview location is on bus route for easy access to shopping and U of S. as well as walking distance to schools, neighborhood conveniences and recreational amenities including a serene pond and parks. Condo fees include common area maintenance, common Insurance & reserve fund, heat, water & sewer, lawn care & snow removal and use of central park area with playground and a recreation center with meeting areas, games & a gym.
$109,900. Lakeview SA, Saskatoon
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Congratulations to my repeat VIP Bill on your #SRSSOLD! 


Being your first and only personal Realtor for years, I had the privilege of helping you purchase this condo unit as your very first real estate purchase EVER. A wonderful starter condo that’s served you well and to which later became a great source of rental generating income for you.  Now that the time came for you to make additional changes in your life, it’s been my pleasure to, once again, help you accomplish your next step.  Achieving not only one offer but back to back offers in a Pandemic challenged market. It’s a pleasure to be your trusted Realtor, from the beginning of your real estate entering, presently and onward. You are so great to work with and know you can always count on me to help.


Thank you for your ongoing loyalty & trust.  It means so much to me and has been a solid part of my continuous career.  I wish you all the best moving forward!

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As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it's not uncommon for a buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don't like what they see.


So, how can you improve your home's curb appeal quickly? One way is to do some outside cleaning.


Start with the main entryway. Wash down the front door and sweep (or power wash) the front steps. It only takes a few minutes but you'd be surprised by the impact it can have. Sweep or power wash your walkway too and you’ll improve the overall look of your home — sometimes dramatically.


Clean your front windows to brighten the look of your home’s facade. It doesn't have to be an arduous chore. In fact, there are washing products available that attach to your garden hose. You don't even need a ladder! Ask your local home improvement retailer for recommendations.


If you have hedges and scrubs, give them a trim. To keep your trimming level, use a wide board, or even a piece of cardboard, then cut to the desired height. Pull off any dead leaves or branches. Of course, also mow the lawn!


Finally, inspect your property from the street. Can you see anything else you can do to quickly improve the look? Do you notice anything that is unsightly or distracting, such as garbage bins that could be relocated?


One final tip: When a viewing is scheduled, remove your vehicles from the driveway. Buyers like to see an empty driveway because it helps them imagine themselves living there. It also gives them a convenient place to park!

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Across the province, year-over-year sales were down nearly 14% from May of last year (nearly 13% year-to-date), new listings were down almost 20% (both year-over-year and year-to-date), and the median sale price was down 5.7% (down 2.2% year-to-date). Despite this negative performance, and considering a pandemic that has led to a global recession, Saskatchewan’s real estate market is performing quite well and will likely get better as the province continues to re-open.


New listings and sales closely tracked last year’s numbers until the province declared a state of emergency in midMarch. Based on previous epidemics and the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the outbreak, “we expected transactions to fall dramatically in April,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim. “But we also expect transactions to return to normal levels once restrictions are lifted,” and we see that happening with new listings and sales up significantly from where they were this April.


And while sales prices have fallen (also consistent with evidence from previous pandemics), part of this decline is related to the higher levels of inventory due to reduced sales which, combined with weaker demand due to COVID restrictions, puts downward pressure on prices. As pent-up demand subsides and people begin to buy again, we should expect to see prices begin to return to normal as well.


Saskatchewan’s market strength calls into question CMHC’s recent projections about the province’s real estate market, and CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook ignores the local nature of real estate. For instance, Saskatoon and Regina account for over 50% of the sales in the province, and these two markets alone can have a significant impact on the province’s overall performance. In addition, even at the height of the province’s state of emergency, year-to-date (YTD) sales in North Battleford, Estevan, and Yorkton were up more than 10% from last year, and YTD prices in several markets were also up.


“I hear more frequently that our members are receiving multiple offers”. So while the real estate sector in the province has been hit by COVID and continues to feel its effects, the outlook isn’t nearly as grim as some are making it out to be, and we’re already starting to see signs of recovery going into summer. “As the province continues to open up and our members take action to protect public safety,” says Yochim, “I expect markets to make a strong recovery.”



Saskatoon Sales in Saskatoon were down 22.7%, going from 422 in May 2019 to 326 in May 2020, and down 14.0% in the overall region, going from 515 to 443. In Saskatoon, sales were 15.5% below the 5-year average (and 21.6% below the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 14.3% below the 5-year average (and 22.3% below the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon fell 14.2% over last year, decreasing from 1,470 to 1,261, while YTD sales in the larger region fell 10.8%, going from 1,843 to 1,644.


Sales volume was down 16.7% in the city, going from $140.6M to $117.1M in 2020 (12.4% below the 5-year average, and 18.7% below the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $429.3M, a decrease of 11.2% from last year. In the region, sales volume was down 9.1%, going from $578.0M to $525.6M (13.8% below the 5year average and 21.7% below the 10-year average). YTD sales volume decreased 9.1% in the region, falling from $578.0M in 2019 to $525.6M in 2020.


In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in May 2020 fell 17.0%, going from 911 to 756 (18.1% below the 5-year average and 16.2% below the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings fell 14.2% from 1,253 last year to 1,075 this year (19.7% below the 5-year average and 19.1% below the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 15.6%, going from 3,420 to 2,885, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 17.4%, going from 4,735 to 3,913. Active listings fell 20.1% in Saskatoon (down from 1,944 to 1,553) and fell 21.2% in the region (down from 3,254 to 2,564).


Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 5 (which is 3.4% above the level last year and 7.8% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 43.1%, suggesting balanced market conditions. Inventory in the larger region stood at 6 (which is 8.4% below the level last year and 11.4% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 41.2%, suggesting balanced market conditions.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 48 days in May—up 2.1% from 47 days last year (and above the 5-year average of 46 days and above the 10-year average of 40 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 60 days on average in 2020, but also up from an average of 54 days last year (and 11.1% above the 5-year average).


Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $326,000 to $338,000 (an increase of 3.7%) and were approximately 1.7% above the 5-year and 1.9% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 2.2% from $303,400 to $306,500. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $326,250 which is 1.0% above the $323,120 price from the same time last year.


Median home prices in the region went from $312,500 to $307,000 (a decrease of 1.8%) and were approximately 1.8% below the 5-year and 1.9% below the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $305,700 which is 2.1% above the $299,280 price from the same time last year.



~ June 2020 SRA News Release


Looking for sound market advice?  As REALTOR® and Nationally Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR®, Seller Representative Specialist - SRS® and Real Estate Negotiation Expert - RENE, I can provide you with this advice. Call today.

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Imagine you have a major project at work, you have to deal with home schooling and you still need to deal with groceries, laundry and dinner. Whoa! That's a busy life.


Can you still find and buy a new home with such a tight schedule? The good news is, you can. In fact, there's plenty you can do to save time.


Consider these tips:


• Get specific about the home you want to buy. Think about property type (for example, "two story, detached"), number of bedrooms and bathrooms, special features, etc.


• Target areas you'd like to live in. That will avoid trips to see listings in areas that aren't a good fit for you.


• Get the financing arranged. You'll be able to shop for a new home with more confidence when you have a pre-arranged mortgage. It will also make your offers stronger.


• Make seeing homes a priority by putting it on your schedule. Look at pictures and watch virtual tours carefully to help narrow down the number of homes you need to visit. Try to block time on the weekend, and ideally one or two evenings a week, to view homes without other distractions.


• Get all the information you need when viewing a property. Take notes. Ask questions. Thoroughly explore the home, yard, and neighbourhood. Get enough information to make a decision without needing to see the home a second time.


While these time-saving tips can help, the best way to find a home on a busy schedule is to work with a good real estate agent.


Want more advice on buying your next dream home? Call today.

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Whether you're painting your home to prepare it for sale, or simply to make it more attractive for your own enjoyment, choosing the right colour is important. A colour isn't just a matter of taste, it's also, to a large extent, about the emotions it elicits.


If you're painting your foyer, for example, you may want it to seem bright and welcoming. So, light orange tones might be appropriate as that colour is often interpreted as friendly.


In your living room, you may want to create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. In that case, consider shades of greens or grays as those colours communicate peacefulness and calm.


Want the rec room to look vibrant and energetic? Purples and reds communicate those emotions.


Where do you find more information about colour psychology? There are plenty of charts available online. Just Google "colour psychology charts". They can help you select just the right colour to convey the feeling you want for a room.


Of course, if all else fails, you can't go wrong with soft beiges, especially when selling your home. Neutral colours are often interpreted as reliable.


Have questions about painting and other fix-ups that will help sell your home faster and for the best price? Call today.

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As you've probably noticed, credit card companies regularly offer bonuses to get you to apply for their cards. For example, one such card company offers opportunities to buy tickets to concerts and other events ahead of everyone else. It's their "front of the line" service.


When you’re searching for a new home, wouldn't it be great if you could get to the front of the line on desirable properties – before other buyers get the chance?


Well, in a way, you can.


The first thing you need to do is create a profile for the specific type of home you're looking to buy. That profile will need to include the basics, such as type of home (e.g. detached), size and rooms (e.g. 2000-2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths), and your target neighbourhoods.


You'll also want to add any additional features you're looking for, such as a finished basement or in-ground pool.


Next, you want to work with a real estate agent like me who understands the local market and can arrange for you to receive immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria.


It's not uncommon for homes to become available for sale before the listing information gets published on the MLS. In fact, in some circumstances, it could take a couple of days before such listings become available online.


So, if you get an alert soon after a listing comes on the market, you get a head-start on seeing that home and making an offer. And, you don't need to apply for a special credit card to make that happen! Just give me a call. I can help you find the right home for you.

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COVID-19 has had significant economic impact across all sectors of the economy. Despite those challenges, the Saskatchewan real estate market has been relatively resilient to date.


While Q1 new listings and average prices were down 4.4% and 0.2% respectively over last year, Q1 sales were up 7.0%. The true impact of the pandemic, however, was not going to begin to be felt until April, and although activity was down, it was not down as much as anticipated.


Across the province, new listings were down 48.1% from April of last year while sales were down 45.1%. This contrasts significantly from the SARS pandemic which saw transactions in some markets fall up to 72% and cease completely during COVID-19 in certain markets. Average home prices in April fell 3.2% year-over-year which is consistent with the modest price decline experienced in other markets affected by pandemics.


Evidence from prior pandemics suggest that transaction volumes return to normal quite quickly once physical distancing measures are relaxed. The province is just beginning to re-open the economy and we anticipate that “the real estate industry in Saskatchewan will likely emerge from this shutdown with only a few cuts and scrapes,” said Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association CEO Jason Yochim.


Home sales produce approximately $54,000 in additional spinoff spending across multiple sectors of the economy. Reduced restrictions on the home buying process have the potential to boost employment and help the provincial economy to recover and offset some losses in other areas of the economy.


“The number of employment opportunities and essential economic activities that are created when a home is bought or sold is significant,” said Yochim. “Sales that don’t occur during this pandemic will be recovered once the province has opened up again.”


Saskatchewan REALTORS® have taken every action possible to protect public safety concerning COVID-19 and recognized early on that business could not carry on as usual. The industry has worked hard to develop and provide a significant amount of virtual resources for REALTORS® as well as buyers and sellers which has proved to be invaluable while practicing social distancing.


Sales in Saskatoon were down 43.9%, going from 380 in April 2019 to 213 in April 2020, and down 44.9% in the overall region, going from 514 to 283. In Saskatoon, sales were 34.3% below the 5-year average (and 40.5% below the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 35.1% below the 5-year average (and 42.9% below the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon fell 10.8% over last year, dropping from 1,048 to 935, while YTD sales in the larger region also fell 10.9%, going from 1,422 to 1,267.


Sales volume was down 44.2% in the city, going from $129.6M to $72.4M in 2020 (35.6% below the 5-year average, and 42.9% below the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $312.2M, a decrease of 9.0% from last year. In the region, sales volume was down 44.2%, going from $166.0M to $92.7M (35.4% below the 5-year average and 42.7% below the 10-year average). YTD sales volume also fell 9.6% in the region, going from $443.7M in 2019 to $401.3M in 2020.


The number of new listings in April 2020 fell from the number last year as well. In Saskatoon, new listings fell 36.7%, going from 774 to 490 (36.1% below the 5-year average and 37.5% below the 10-year average), while in the region the situation was even worse, with new listings falling 43.6% from 1,201 last year to 677 this year. Active listings also fell 17.9% in Saskatoon (down from 1,781 to 1,463) and 16.4% in the region (down from 3,240 to 2,708).


The sales to listing ratio was 43.5% in Saskatoon and 41.8% in the region suggesting somewhat balanced market conditions in the area.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 56 days in April—marking no change from 56 days last year (but still slightly above the 5-year average of 52 days and the 10-year average of 44). Homes in the region stayed on the market somewhat longer than homes in the city at 67 days on average in 2020, up modestly from an average of 65 days last year.


Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $332,000 to $320,000 (a decrease of 3.6%) and were approximately 1.8% below the 5-year and 2.4% below the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—was up 2.4% from $302,200 to $305,600. Median home prices in the region also fell 1.2%, going from $313,750 to $309,900 which is 2.1% below the 5-year and 2.1% below the 10-year average median price.


~ May 2020 SRA News Release


Looking for sound market advice?  As REALTOR® and Nationally Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR®, Seller Representative Specialist - SRS® and Real Estate Negotiation Expert - RENE, I can provide you with this advice. Call today.

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It’s always an honor to make this list and I’m so proud to be among this brave hardworking group of realtors. 

In such uncertain health, social and economic times, I am so very grateful to be an essential service and continue doing what I love; helping those who are in need. 


I extend a huge THANK YOU to my brave VIP clients and all the other professionals who also braved and worked hard throughout the process so that I could continue to make real estate dreams happen as smoothly as possible and bring the certainty of a home to others with so much uncertainty around.  


 I am proud to be a #REALTOR®, #ABR®, #SRS®, #RENE and I will continue to rise to any challenge and adapt to any changes that come my way so that I may help those in need safely and with the highest level of service.  Not even a global pandemic can ever stop that.


Together we will excel through this if we continue to help those in need.

Be brave, be patient, be safe & stay strong.  We will triumph!

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Congratulations to my newest VIPs’ Ronald & Neslie Ann and Family on the purchase of your 1st home!!! 


I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for you.  Not only was it your first time ever in the world of real estate but you also had to brave the COVID-19 global pandemic fears…..WHICH YOU TRIUMPHED!!!  Coming out way ahead on every possible aspect.  Not only did we find your perfect house quickly & safely, my realtor RENE senses sprung into action and using my skills, research and the situation at hand, I was able to negotiate an incredible savings of over 10% of original asking price and get you moving into this home in under 2 weeks from start to finish. Not even a global pandemic can stop me from achieving a great deal for my clients. 


Thanks so much for trusting me to guide you through this.  You were fantastic to work with and it was a total pleasure to represent you as your ABR® RENE Realtor® on your very first home purchasing experience.  Super happy and excited for you!!!


Wishing you all the glorious comforts of home ownership as you build wonderful lasting memories.  Thank you for your trust, bravery, hard work and friendship.  Always here to help you, your friends and family whenever you need for years to come.

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