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Sales in Saskatoon were up 6.2%, going from 258 in March 2019 to 274 in March 2020, and up 7.2% in the overall region, going from 346 to 371. In both Saskatoon and the region, sales were less than 2.0% under the 5-year average while they were more than 10% below the 10-year average. Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 8.2% over last year, increasing from 668 to 723, while YTD sales in the larger region also increased 8.8%, going from 891 to 969.


Sales volume was up 16.9% in the city, going from $81.4M to $95.1M in 2020 (1.3% above the 5-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $240.2M, an increase of 12.6% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 16.2%, going from $105.9M to $123.1M (1.2% above the 5-year average). YTD sales volume also increased 11.3% in the region, rising from $274.6M in 2019 to $305.7M in 2020.


Although total sales and sales volume were up, the number of new listings in March 2020 fell significantly from the number last year. In Saskatoon, new listings fell 14.2%, going from 702 to 602 (over 17.0% below the 5- and 10-year averages), while in the region the situation was even worse, with new listings falling 19.5% from 1,037 last year to 835 this year. Active listings also fell 9.9% in Saskatoon (down from 1,611 to 1,452) and 7.8% in the region (down from 2,864 to 2,641).


The sales to listing ratio was 45.5% in Saskatoon and 44.4% in the region suggesting somewhat balanced market conditions in the area.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 55 days in March—down a modest 3.5% from 57 days last year (but still slightly above the 5-year average of 54 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market somewhat longer than homes in the city at 66 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 68 days last year.


Average home prices in Saskatoon went from $316,737 to $347,189 (an increase of 9.6%) and were approximately 3.0% above the 5- and 10-year average price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is down 0.3% from $303,200 to $302,200. Average home prices in the region also increased 8.4%, going from $306,161 to $331,793, which is also approximately 3.0% above historical averages.  ~ April 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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Congratulations to my repeat VIP Joey and the Kiddo’s on the purchase of your new home!!!


While looking for that perfect home to start anew, we put in quite a few miles traveling Saskatchewan.  Though road tripping with you was more than fun, neither of us knew that your home-to-be was waiting for you the whole time in good old Saskatoon.  Upon viewing this adorable home, you knew instantly it was The One. Figuring it was just another day at the RENE negotiation table, a strategic offering strategy was discussed and implemented only to be blown apart when circumstances revealed that your perfect new beginning home was already in negotiations and almost about to be sold to another. Well…Not on my watch!  Knowing all too well this was your perfect home, the one you wanted.  I kicked into lightening speed and though you had to make some fast decisions and had a bit of a tense waiting period, in the end I was successful at stealing away this house and securing it firmly into your hands.  Timing is everything in Real Estate and your wish was my command.  In the end you bought a wonderful house and gained a story to tell for years to come. 


It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you again and sparing our sarcastic humor.  I wish you all the best moving forward as you build wonderful memories within these walls.  Thank you for your loyalty, trust, ongoing support and friendship.

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I have listed a new property at 48 50 Government RD in Prud'homme.
WOW! Incredible value for this absolutely stunning, extensively renovated true character two-storey! This must see 1420sqft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath family home is only 35 minutes NE of Saskatoon and worth commuting. This spacious, freshly repainted home features chocolate hardwood impression laminate flooring, reproduction hurricane lighting, original carved window/light casings & crown moulding throughout. The open concept main floor boasts a bright naturally lighted living room with large picture window and quaint reading nook. The Distressed style kitchen showcases a custom island with new butchers block top and accented by a marble back splash, dual sink with raised faucet, under cabinet lighting, new counter top, built in dishwasher & range hood, chained shelf unit, pantry and cozy dining nook with triple bay windows. Bonus main floor laundry (Red Whirlpool Washer & Dryer included) and updated bathroom with raised shower, granite vanity & shelved linen closet are conveniently located off back entrance for ease of cleanliness control from outside work & play. Refinished original wood curved stairwell leads to the upper level featuring 3 generous sized bedrooms accented by vintage curtain rods and a dual room bathroom with tiled vanity & soaker tub. This beautiful home is situated on 2 separate titled 50' lots fenced together as one giant 100x130 parcel, has eye catching curb appeal, an inviting yet private veranda while the backyard features a 18x16 deck with boardwalk leading to double garage/hobby shop (insulated/wired but requires standard garage door). Additional garden shed, ample garden area with 4 raised planter boxes, 11x16 rock garden and landscape accents of black wrought iron fencing, red & brown mulch, numerous trees, bushes, plants, perennials and fruit & berry trees/shrubs. Bus service to Vonda École Providence (10min) & Aberdeen Composite School (20min). This solid quality home is quiet country village living at its finest at an unbeatable price!
$154,900MLS. Prud'homme
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No matter what you think of snakes, you must agree that they have a unique way of dealing with worn-out skin. When the time comes, they simply shed it — like an old jacket — revealing a fresh new skin underneath.


Your home's roof doesn't have that advantage! So, when the shingles wear out or become damaged, you need to have them replaced.


Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine whether your shingles need replacement right away, or whether you can hold off for another year. Assuming your home has the most common type of shingles — asphalt — here's what to look for:


• Corners upturned on some shingles.

• Missing shingles. • Shingles lifting during high winds and not settling back into place (flat) within a day or two.

• Heavy accumulation of shingle debris (particles) in the gutters.

• Shingle bits and pieces found on the ground around your home.

• Spots on your roof that still look wet a day or two after a rainfall. (This could be a sign of water infiltration into the felt or even the roof deck.)


If you have any of these signs, be sure to have a roofing contractor take a closer look.


Before investing in a new roof, be sure to check with the retailer or contractor who supplied the original materials. Your shingles might still be under warranty.


Bottomline: Don't delay. You don't want to wait until you hear drip drip drip before taking action!

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I have listed a new property at 905 TEMPERANCE ST in Saskatoon.
INVESTORS CHECK OUT THIS DEAL!!! 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 and is PRICED $50,000 below Oct. 2017 Appraisal. 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 frosted glass 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. Well maintained with 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.
$474,900MLS. Nutana, Saskatoon
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Saskatoon and region continued to show growth in the residential real estate market. Sales of 230 in the city were up 9% from 211 in February 2019, and the region saw sales grow 11% from 283 last February to 314. Sales were above the 5-year average of 295, but still below the 10-year average of 338. Year to date (YTD), sales were up over last year; 9% in the city, from 412 to 449, and 8.6% in the full region from 556 to 604.


Sales dollar volume was also up. In the city there was a 3.2% increase of $73.7M over last February, and in the region, last month’s $93.5M sales were up 7.4% over 2019’s $87.1M. YTD sales dollar volume was up 10% in the city to $145.1M and up 7.6% in the region to $183.7M.


The number of new listings decreased in both the city, down 2.7% from 481 to 468, and in the region, down 3.2% from 709 to 686. The 2,588 active listings in the region were down from 2,699 in 2019 and the 5-year average of 2,781, however still above the 10-year average of 2,494.


The sales to listing ratio in Saskatoon is 49%, and 46% in the region. Balanced market conditions exist in the 40-60% range, while below 40% is considered to favour buyer’s, and over 60% suggests a seller’s market.

Homes were on the market an average of 82.9 days in the region, up from 69.4 days at the same time last year, and 73.7 days in the city, up from 58.5.


The average home price in the city was $320,249, down 5.3% from $338,268 at this time in 2019. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI), a more accurate measure of housing price trends, however, is up 1.1% from $282,500 last year to $285,600. In the region, the average home price was down 3.2% to $297,724.


“We see the trend of increased sales and decreased listings continue in Saskatoon and region,” says Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association (SRA). “If this continues, we anticipate seeing prices increase. Upcoming changes to the mortgage stress test rules this April will likely start to positively affect our residential markets, as well, and we should see more potential home buyers qualifying for mortgages and subsequently entering the market.”  ~ March 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 238 1st AVE N in Warman.
PRICED TO SELL! EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY FAMILY HOME PRICED $15,000 BELOW APPRAISAL!!! Uniquely designed, West facing, fully developed 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modified bi-level features everything you’d want and more in a home. It's absolutely ideal for any growing family. From street appeal to first entry you’ll be impressed with features such as vaulted ceilings, 1126sqft spacious floor plan, tremendous amounts of natural lighting, earth tone colors and new stylish high quality hardwood impression flooring. This home is the definition of all the comforts of home. Main floor offers a showcase living room with gleaming hardwood, stunning 2-story picturesque bay window and luxury pocket display shelf & corner floating shelves. Quality solid oak kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, breakfast bar with 6 piece seating included, walk-in pantry and oversized skylight. The off kitchen dining room with surround picture windows adds more natural lighting with bonus garden door conveniently offering access to raised wooden deck allowing to easily enjoy BBQ’d or smoked meals while comfortably entertaining with family & friends. East facing master bedroom with desirable 4 piece en-suite & walk-in closet, 2 additional ample sized bedrooms and main bathroom with upgraded flooring. Downstairs offers a desirable open concept development with a huge family room area providing additional natural sunlight, 4th bedroom with a chalk board wall, large 3 piece bathroom with corner shower, laundry room and ample storage areas. Bonus of central air, underground sprinklers, direct entry from double insulated garage & new shingles in 2018. Backyard features enclosed under deck storage, build-in sand box, swing set, luxury hot tub and padded side area perfect to be converted to a dog run. Fully fenced and easy conversion to have RV parking from back alley access. Close proximity to RJ Gidluck park & Warman elementary School. This truly is the perfect Family Home. Don’t miss this incredible deal.
$309,900. Warman
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Congratulations to my repeat VIPs’ Joey and Erin on your SRSSOLD! 


Being your personal Realtor for years, I had the privilege of helping you purchase this property. A wonderful family home that’s served your Family well and since the time came for you to move on, it’s been my pleasure to, once again, help you accomplish that.  I am very appreciative of the continuous hard work you put in to achieve this sale. Your efforts never went un-noticed.  You’re always so wonderful to work with.  It is such an honor to be your trusted Family Realtor, from the beginnings of your real estate entering years ago to now and forever future onward.  You know you can always count on me to help make life changes happen.


Thank you for including me as one of your family.  Your never wavering ongoing loyalty & trust means so much to me and your support has been a solid part of my continuous career.  As your SRS®, RENE Realtor® but most of all Friend,


I wish you all the best moving forward!

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Let's face it. Planning events, even exciting ones like an overseas vacation, can be stressful. So, it's not surprising that some homeowners — even those thrilled about moving — can slip into "worry mode" when putting their property up for sale.


Unfortunately, this anxiety can make the process of selling an unpleasant experience. Who wants that? So here are some things you can do to reduce selling stress and enjoy the adventure.


• Understand the selling process. The more you know about the steps involved in selling your home, the less mysterious — and, therefore, less stressful — it will be.


• Give yourself the time you need. Feeling rushed and stressed comes from trying to do too much in too little time. Even if you're selling quickly, it's important to block off sufficient time in your calendar for the things you need to do. 


• Take care of yourself. As television psychologist Dr. Phil often points out, you can't give what you don't have. When it comes to selling your home, that means you need to eat well and stay healthy, so you have the energy you need throughout the process.


• Make your home attractive to buyers. That not only means tidying up and doing a little home staging, it also means setting the right listing price. Nothing eliminates the stress of selling more than having flocks of qualified buyers interested in your home.


• Get the help you need. You don't have to do everything on your own. That's why working with me is so advantageous. I take care of the many details for my clients so that they can enjoy the journey.


Sure, there are going to be a few stressful moments. However, the process of listing and selling your property, while looking for your next dream home, can be an exciting experience. Let me help you. Call today.

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Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability.


When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For example, you might budget for drywall panels but neglect to include the cost of nails, tape and plaster. It's easy to overlook these small items thinking they won't add up to much of an expense. But often they do. In fact, for many renovation projects, the little things account for up to 20% of the cost.


Another expense that is often overlooked is taxes. When you find a bathtub you like for $399, be sure to budget for what you'll actually pay out-of-pocket. Also, don't forget possible delivery expenses.


A budgeting tip many experts recommend is to price everything you need and then add 10%. That gives you a buffer.


Regarding scheduling, consider whether or not you've done this type of project before. If you're laying hardwood floors for the first time, there's a learning curve. You'll likely take two or three times longer than you would if you were more experienced.


Even if you have experience with the type of project you’re undertaking, it's human nature to underestimate how long it will take. So, if you feel confident you can install that sink in an hour, give yourself two.


A lot of this, of course, is common sense. But if you take a common sense — rather than an optimistic — approach to budgeting and scheduling, you'll stand a much better chance of your DIY project going smoothly.

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I have listed a new property at 238 1st AVE N in Warman.
PRICED TO SELL! EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY FAMILY HOME PRICED $15,000 BELOW APPRAISAL!!! Uniquely designed, West facing, fully developed 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modified bi-level features everything you’d want and more in a home. It's absolutely ideal for any growing family. From street appeal to first entry you’ll be impressed with features such as vaulted ceilings, 1126sqft spacious floor plan, tremendous amounts of natural lighting, earth tone colors and new stylish high quality hardwood impression flooring. This home is the definition of all the comforts of home. Main floor offers a showcase living room with gleaming hardwood, stunning 2-story picturesque bay window and luxury pocket display shelf & corner floating shelves. Quality solid oak kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, breakfast bar with 6 piece seating included, walk-in pantry and oversized skylight. The off kitchen dining room with surround picture windows adds more natural lighting with bonus garden door conveniently offering access to raised wooden deck allowing to easily enjoy BBQ’d or smoked meals while comfortably entertaining with family & friends. East facing master bedroom with desirable 4 piece en-suite & walk-in closet, 2 additional ample sized bedrooms and main bathroom with upgraded flooring. Downstairs offers a desirable open concept development with a huge family room area providing additional natural sunlight, 4th bedroom with a chalk board wall, large 3 piece bathroom with corner shower, laundry room and ample storage areas. Bonus of central air, underground sprinklers, direct entry from double insulated garage & new shingles in 2018. Backyard features enclosed under deck storage, build-in sand box, swing set, luxury hot tub and padded side area perfect to be converted to a dog run. Fully fenced and easy conversion to have RV parking from back alley access. Close proximity to RJ Gidluck park & Warman elementary School. This truly is the perfect Family Home. Don’t miss this incredible deal.
$309,900MLS. Warman
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I have listed a new property at 204 355 Kingsmere BLVD in Saskatoon.
 
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.
$119,900MLS. Lakeview SA, Saskatoon
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Imagine you're looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria.


What do you do? You have a few good options.


First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every single feature on it? Are there one or two features you can do without? For example, can you settle for a smaller kitchen assuming the property has everything else you want?


Often, buying a home that's close to perfect is perfect enough.


Second, consider what features you might be able to add to a home later, by way of a renovation or other improvement. If a property doesn't have a finished basement, for example, you might be able to get that done down the road. Indeed, there are probably many features you can add later to an otherwise desirable property.


Finally, consider the current level of activity in the local real estate market. Is it likely that a lot of new homes will be coming on the market soon? If so, your perfect home may come up on the market within the next few weeks.


Maybe even tomorrow!


In that situation, make sure you arrange to get immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria. You'll want to jump on each new opportunity before other buyers learn of the listing.


The good news is, in most cases you should be able to find and buy a great home, with most — if not all — of the features you want.

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As you can probably guess, when you're preparing to move, you'll need boxes and tape — and, perhaps some bubble-wrap or old newspapers to use as protective wrapping for delicate items.


But that may not be all you need. Take a look at this list and see if you'll want any of these on hand while you’re packing or on moving day.


 • Color markers for labeling boxes. (Tip: Color coding boxes by room will make unpacking much easier.)

• Stretch wrap to protect larger items that can't fit into a box. 


• Small plastic bags to store dis-assembled parts, such as sofa legs, cabinet hardware, etc. (You don't want to lose them!)

• Moving blankets to protect floors.

• A dolly or hand truck to move heavy items. (You can rent these.)


• Mattress moving bag. This helps prevent stains and tears during your move. You can also buy specialty bags for sofas and tables.

• Reusable foam furniture sliders, to protect floors when furniture needs to be pushed into place.

• Foam corner protectors. This prevents furniture with sharp corners from banging and damaging other items during a move.


Planning ahead and having the right packing materials on hand will make your move less stressful and, hopefully, damage-free!

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The Saskatoon residential housing market finished off on a positive note with yet another strong month of sales in December.


In the city of Saskatoon, there were 203 sales in 2019, up 24.5 percent from 2018 where 163 sales were recorded. Sales volume also increased by 8.3 percent from $55.2 million in 2018 to $67.8 million despite a slight decrease in the average home price of 1.4 percent from $338,471 to $333,857.


The region also saw increases over last year with 49 sales up from 43 – an increase of 14 percent. Sales volume rose 10.4 percent over last year from $13.6 million to $15 million, while the average price fell 3.2 percent to $295,743 from $307,764.


While sales increased, the number of listings in the city decreased 2.9 percent from 311 last December to 302 in 2019, bringing the sale to listings ratio to 67 – an indicator of a market slightly favouring sellers. Active listings have also been steadily declining year over year with 1,713 active listings at the end of December, down 5.5 percent from 1,813 listings a year ago and 4.6 percent fewer than the five year average.


The area surrounding Saskatoon, which includes Warman, Martensville and Dalmeny, saw a significant increase in listings, up 37.4 percent with 136 last month over the 99 at the same time in 2018. The region is seeing an opposite effect from the city in the sale to listings ratio, which at 36, tends to suggest a trend towards a buyers’ market.


“It’s great to end the year with strong sales in all regions,” says Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association (SRA). “We are still well below 5 – and 10 – year averages in sales, listings and dollar volume, but things are looking positive and we hope to see trends continue in that direction.”


As the year comes to a close, the numbers seen in December reflect the overall trend for 2019. Saskatoon listings in 2019 totaled 7,745, down 2.64 percent from 7,955 in 2018, while the region saw very little change from 2,945 last year to 2939 at December 31, 2019.


Sales were up in the city in 2019 from 3,325 to 3,604 – an increase of 8.3 percent. The region saw a slight decrease of 3.75 percent from 986 to 949.


Total sales volume for 2019 in the city saw a 7.8 percent increase from $1.1 billion in 2018 to $1.2 billion. The region outside of Saskatoon, however, saw 2019’s $280 million down 7.5 percent from $303 million in 2018.  ~ January 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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Congratulations to my newest VIPs’ Chris & Nancy and Family on your New Saskatoon home!!!


Relocating to a new province within a very short time frame is extremely time consuming, overwhelming and stressful.  So it was with much pleasure to help take some of the pressure off by being your trusted ABR® RENE Realtor® guide to finding the perfect new home for you and your growing family.  After going through my in-depth consultation, I had a pretty good idea of what your Dream Home was and found this beauty day 1 in our 5 day house hunting quest.  But just to make sure it really was THE ONE an extension of property was done, ultimately creating many amazing options for your choosing. (with an eagle eye on this one for safe keeping) Ultimately your heart knew this was the perfect choice and I was more than happy to RENE negotiations achieving your ultimate preferred purchase price and possession date.  What a great way to start this new year!!! 


Thanks so much for your trust and friendship.  It was an absolute pleasure helping you.  I know you will love living in your beautiful new home and in Saskatoon, the City of Bridges.   All the best!

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When buyers come to see your home, the first thing they notice is how your property looks from the curb. That first impression is powerful and lingering. If buyers don't like what they see, it can influence how they judge the rest of your property, regardless of how great it looks on the inside.


You definitely want to do whatever you can to boost curb appeal. Here are six affordable ideas to consider:


1. Driveway sealing. This makes the pavement look darker and less faded. It also helps cover up some of the cracks. Sealing won't give you the "brand new" look of repaving, but it's close — and significantly less expensive.


2. Exterior window washing. Washing the front windows makes them look clean and bright. In fact, the effect can be stunning. There are window washing products that connect to your hose to make this job easier. Check your home improvement retailer.


3. Maintaining shrubs, hedges and flower beds. Trimming the hedges, shrubs and other evergreens can make a big difference in how your property looks from the street. It's like giving them all a haircut! Flowering plants can also brighten up the look.


4. Front door painting. From the curb, a buyer's eye is naturally drawn to your front door. If your entry system looks old and worn, consider a fresh coat of paint. It can make the entrance look almost new.


5. Garage door painting. This is a bigger project that can take a day or two, but the effort might be worth it. For many homes, the garage door is the biggest item in the curb appeal panorama. Making it look better will have a big impact.


6. Removing unsightly items. Look at your home from the street. Are there items in your field of vision that take away from the curb appeal? For example, are there garbage cans and other items stowed along the side of the property and visible from the road? If so, move them.


If you're selling your home, making the best first impression is crucial. You don't want buyers to drive by simply because they don't like what they see from the outside. Use these tips to boost your home's curb appeal.

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There are many storage options for your household items. For example, receipts and other paper records can be stored in a file box. Seasonal items, such as winter clothing, can be put in the basement. You can even rent a local storage unit to help with decluttering.


But what about stuff that exists electronically? These days, many important records -- vacation pictures, tax receipts, home videos, school documents, etc. - - are in the form of PDFs, JPEGs, and other electronic formats. Having those reside entirely on your computer is risky. What if your computer crashes?


Someone smart once said, "A computer file isn't a file until it's in two places." So, the solution is to store your important electronic documents in a second place. Here are the most common options:


• Portable storage. These are data storage devices that fit in the palm of your hand. For most homes, 1T (terabyte) of memory is plenty.


• Cloud storage. Box, DropBox, and iCloud are the biggest players here. The advantage of storing your documents "in the cloud" is that, unlike portable storage, you can't damage or lose it.


• Large backup units. These larger units continuously backup your files so you don't even have to think about it.


Whatever option you choose, the important thing is to have a duplicate or backup of your important files, so you never have to worry about losing them.

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The Saskatoon housing market continued its 2019 trend toward balance last month, as REALTORS® listed fewer but sold more homes than in the previous November, reported the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) Wednesday December 4th.


City listings fell 16 per cent to 451 from 534, as sales jumped 20 per cent to 243 from 203. Although the average price was down three per cent, to $333,295 from $343,361, dollar volume rose 16 per cent to $81 million, up from $69.7 million.


Including the surrounding region, new listings were down 12 per cent to 694 from 791, while sales rose eight per cent to 317 from 294 for a dollar volume of $102.3 million, up one per cent from $101.7 million.


In the region alone, including communities such as Warman, Martensville and Dalmeny, new listings fell 11 per cent to 159 from 179, and sales were down nine per cent to 58 from 64. However, the average sales price rose four per cent to $314,650, up from $301,490, for a dollar volume drop of five per cent to $18.2 million.


“It’s encouraging to see strength in sales and a slight decline in listings coming to the market, to keep it balanced,” said Jason Yochim, CEO of the Saskatchewan REALTORS® Association (SRA.) All Saskatchewan REALTORS® associations will amalgamate under the SRA banner in January, 2020.


Year-to-date numbers reflect similar trends. So far this year, and with only one month to go, Saskatoon agents have listed 7,443 homes to the MLS®, down three per cent from 2018’s 7,646, and sold 3,401, up seven per cent from 3,167. Sales are also up from 2017’s 3,286.


The average sales price of $331,457 is statistically the same as last year’s, bringing the dollar volume up seven per cent to $1.1 billion, up from just over $1 billion.


In the region, 900 homes have sold so far in 2019, down five per cent from last year’s 943, and listings have fallen three per cent to 2,789 from 2,874. Dollar volume is down eight per cent to $265.5 million from $289.8 million. The average price dropped four per cent to $295,141 from $307,352.


At the end of the month, Saskatoon had 1,534 homes on the market, down 11 per cent from 1,716 at the same time last year, while the region had 947 homes, down eight per cent from 1,032.


“It’s healthy for the market to see the number of active listings continue to shrink slightly,” said Yochim. “Two years ago, we were tipping over 2,100 at the high-water mark, so 1,500 is certainly good.”

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If you have a home that is overdue for a renovation, you might be worried that it will be difficult to sell as a "fixer-upper". In fact, you might delay listing your property for that reason.


The good news is, you don’t need to fix up everything in your home to prepare it for sale. You can be selective and choose only those projects that are most likely to help your home show well and sell quickly. Here are some projects to consider:


• Repairs. Few things stand out more during a viewing than something in obvious need of repair. That includes minor issues, like a dripping bathroom faucet, as well as major concerns, such as the central air conditioning unit not working. Get these repairs done.


• Painting. Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable DIY projects you can do. Yet the impact it can have on your home is stunning. Some rooms are completely transformed by a fresh coat of paint.  


• Kitchens & Bathrooms. Buyers love to see great looking kitchens and bathrooms. In fact, there are even magazines devoted just to those rooms! You don't necessarily need to do a major renovation of these spaces, but a makeover can be a good idea. Consider replacing sinks, countertops, and/or cabinet hardware.


• Floors. If the floors in any of your rooms have become worn and unsightly, look at options for refreshing them. Consider replacing carpeting, refinishing hardwood, and/or getting tiles professionally cleaned and polished.


• Outdoors. Sometimes you can compensate (a little) for a less-than-ideal interior by sprucing up the outdoor space. Explore ways to improve your deck or patio, walkways, and landscaping.


Even if your home is older, you can make it more attractive to buyers with any one of these projects.


Want more ideas for finding eager buyers for your home? Call today.

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