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You've heard of the term "curb appeal". It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing.


How do you boost curb appeal? Here are some proven ideas that you can get done in an hour or so:


• Wash both the inside and outside of the front windows. You'll be amazed at the difference that can make.

• Sweep the walkway leading up to the front entrance. Add a new welcome mat. Also, wash down the front door.

• If possible, remove cars from the driveway. Let buyers imagine their own cars parked there!

• Mow the lawn. Lightly trim the hedges. Weed flower beds.

• Remove anything from inside window sills that may look unsightly from the outside. Try putting a couple of flowering plants there instead.

• Place any trash bins out-of-sight. For example, put them in the garage or neatly at the side of the house.

• If the entrance door hardware is old and worn, change it. New hardware can make a bigger difference than you might think.

• Make sure the outdoor lights are working, especially if you're showing your home in the evening.

• Add some flowering plants to flower beds, or buy a couple of portable potted plants and place them strategically.

• Clean your mailbox. If it’s rusted, replace it.

• If you have a power washer, give the walkway and driveway a quick blast. Just be sure it will be dry before the buyers arrive.


These one-hour improvements may seem minor, but anything that helps buyers form a more positive first impression of your home is worth the effort.

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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.  ~ October 2019 SRAR 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 listed a new property at 48-50 Government RD in Prud'homme.
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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!  $164,900MLS. Prud'homme
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As you probably know, it's easy to lower the costs of a renovation. Just hire an inexpensive, fly-by-night contractor — and hope for the best!


Chances are, you won't want to take that risk. So how do you ensure you get quality work while keeping your budget in check?


Here are some tips:


• Get estimates from at least three contractors. Often prices can vary widely, even amongst contractors with similar reputations and experience.


• Narrow the project focus. If you're getting a bathroom renovated, for example, decide whether you need the contractor to paint the new walls. Can you do that yourself?


• Shop around for the building materials. Yes, contractors often have access to wholesale prices. Still, you might be able to find a bathtub and vanity at a lower cost or at least avoid any markup the contractor may charge.


•Negotiate. Sometimes a contractor is willing to lower the price for concessions, such as quick payments or more time to complete the job.


• Schedule the renovation during a low-demand season. For example, deck contractors charge more in the spring than the fall. It's supply and demand. More people want their decks done in the spring.


Keep in mind that spending a little more for a skilled and reputable contractor can save you money in the long run. The renovation will have fewer, if any, "issues" (that may require an expensive fix) and will last longer.

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Congratulations to my newest VIP Amy on your first home purchase!!!


Though time was not always on your side when it came to hot new listings, the real estate universe was looking out for you when this property was listed at just the right time for you to have a chance at it. Having already received multiple offers, timing was critical in order to compete to get this property.  Lady luck was on your side knowing this house was perfect for you and after writing an ‘on point’, perfectly timed offer, you beat out the rest without having to break the bank! From first view to moving in within mere weeks, not the average real estate experience for most people, but as it’s known, real estate waits for no one.  You excelled through and now this property is all yours! 


Thanks so much for trusting me to guide you through this.  You were wonderful to work with and it was a total pleasure to represent you as your ABR®, RENE Realtor®.


Wishing you all the comforts of home and can’t wait to see how you turn this house into your sanctuary.

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Fewer Saskatoon homes were listed in August even as sales remained stable compared to the same month of 2018, the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) reported Thursday.
 

City listings fell four per cent to 724, down from last August’s 757, while the month’s 325 sales were almost on par with last year’s 329 — the same number sold in 2017, as well. Year-to-date, listings are down three per cent to 5,676 (from 5,873) while sales have risen six per cent to 2,551 (from 2,410).


Active listings in the city are down five percent to 1,916 from 2,019 at the same time last year.


“It’s always a good thing, especially in the time we’re in, when listings are declining — and they have been the last three years. If you want to see prices remain stable or even go up slightly, you have to see less supply,” said Jason Yochim, CEO of SRAR.


“Consumers are aware of the market and if they’re not serious about buying or selling, you’ll see fewer of them just testing the market. When the market is moving upward, and a bit hot, you’ll see people kicking the tires and consider selling. With prices remaining stable and even down slightly over the last few years, you have the serious sellers because they need to make a move.”


Slightly lower prices likely contributed to August’s dollar volume of $105 million, down four per cent from the previous year’s $109 million. The average sales price came in at $323,024, down three per cent from last August’s $331,374. Year-to-date, however, dollar volume is up five per cent to $843 million from $805.5 million on stronger sales.

The Saskatoon region, including communities such as Warman, Dalmeny and Martensville, saw 237 listings in August, down 15 per cent from 280, while sales were down 13 per cent to 93 from 107. However, the average sales price rose eight per cent to $294,237.


“The bump in the average price is a bit of an indicator that more higher-end properties are moving, which is a positive at the end of the day,” said Yochim. Year-to-date, the region has seen 2,195 homes hit the market, down three per cent from 2,255, and 679 sales, a five per cent drop from last year’s 712. The average price is down three per cent to $294,369, and active listings are down five per cent to 1,158 from 1,218.


Media Release: September 2019 Jason Yochim, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® “In any market, there are people who want and need to buy a home. The important thing is to have good advice, to price to the market in their neighbourhood based on the condition of their home, conscious of the competition they’re against. This is so fundamental. Price is everything,” said Yochim. “No homeowner wants to sit on the market and have 40 showings and multiple open houses.”


In Saskatoon and region combined, August listings fell nine per cent to 1,051 from 1,155; sales were down five per cent to 437 from 461; and the dollar volume was down eight per cent to $138.6 million from $151.5 million. Year-to-date, listings are down three per cent to 8,774 from 9,055; sales are up three per cent to 3,403 from 3,304; and the dollar volume is up one per cent to $1.1 billion.    ~ September 2019 SRAR 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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If it’s been a while since you last moved, you might be wondering how much you'll need to spend on your next home. That's an important question to answer, even if you're just at the "thinking about it" stage and haven't decided whether or not you'll look for a new property.


After all, knowing your budget might influence your decision.


How should you determine your budget?


The first step is to calculate the maximum you can spend. This involves adding the money you'll get from the sale of your current property after repaying your outstanding mortgage, to any other funds you have available to invest plus the maximum amount of mortgage you qualify to receive.


Of course, just because you may qualify for a large mortgage doesn't mean you want those bigger payments. So, the second step is to think about your needs. What features are a must in your next home? For example, you might want four bedrooms and anything less would be a deal-breaker.


Make a "must-have list". That list can by used to find a baseline of properties on the market — and then find their average asking price. This will give you an idea of what it would cost to find a home that meets your must-have list.


The third step is to go beyond needs and consider the features you want. These might not be deal-breakers, but you'd sure love to have them in your next home. They could be a large deck, a location in a desirable neighbourhood, a big country kitchen, etc.


Ask yourself how much you would be willing to pay for those desirable features. $20,000? $50,000?


Once you've gone through these steps, you'll have the information you need to match your needs and wants to what's available on the market — and you’ll know how much you might expect to pay for your next home.

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Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That's not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate WIFI, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with your home gadgets increase.


How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips:


• If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, change that password frequently. Ideally, change it once every 3 months.


• Some gadgets, such as alarm systems, come with their own connection to the internet. Learn how to turn that connection off if it becomes necessary to do so.


• Don't leave an internet-connected appliance or other gadget on constantly unless it’s necessary. For example, you don't need your home speaker system connected to your digital music providers all the time.


• Baby monitors with video are a common target for hackers. Use a password unique to that device and change it often. Never leave the monitor on when not in use.


• Never share passwords with anyone unless it is absolutely necessary. Most home WIFI systems have a "guest" feature with a separate password and limited access. Use it.


In this age of internet connectivity — from coffee makers to stereos and even washing machines — it's smart to play it safe. Know what's connected and protect yourself.

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Hot weather and summer holidays brought a slight cooling to Saskatoon and region’s housing market, as sales and total dollar volume fell by 9.8 and 9.4 per cent respectively from last July.


Multiple Listing Service® (MLS) sales totaled 481, down from 533, while listings rose a marginal 0.4 per cent to 1,140. Dollar volume fell to $154.7 million from last year’s $170.7 million, reported the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR).


“Typically, people think summer will always be busy, but spring is the busiest market,” said SRAR CEO Jason Yochim. “It tapers off a bit in summer. Winter weather can be brutal, and people take advantage of summer when it’s here.”


Still, year-to-date numbers remain up over 2018. Sales rose 4.4 per cent to 2,968 from 2,843, while dollar volume is up 2.8 per cent to $964.7 million from $938.7 million. Listings so far this year are down 2.2 per cent, to 7,724 from 7,900; and well down from 2017’s 8,692.


In the city of Saskatoon, July sales were exactly on par with last year’s 390 transactions and well up from 310 in 2017. Dollar volume fell 1.7 per cent to $129.4 million, while listings rose 5.5 per cent to 748 from 709.


Year-to-date, and largely due to a strong spring market, the city’s dollar volume is up six per cent to $739 million from $696.4 million last year. Sales increased seven per cent to 2,228 from 2,081 and listings fell three per cent to 4,952 from 5,116.


Active listings in Saskatoon are down 5.7 per cent to 1,932 from 2,048 last year, while the region’s listings are down 0.7 per cent to 1,213 from 1,221.


In July, the city’s sales-to-listings ratio reached 52 per cent, which is considered a balanced market.


“Inventory levels are still declining, and that’s a good sign,” Yochim said. “The slight decline over the last three years helps us maintain a balanced market.” The city’s average price slipped 1.7 per cent to $331,780 in July. Year-to-date the price has fallen one per cent to $331,649.


Media Release: August 2019 Jason Yochim, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® “It’s good to see in the city that while the average price dropped in 2017 and 2018, we’re very close to those values, so it’s levelled a bit,” Yochim said. “Overall, it’s positive; it’s stable. We’ve seen some good growth in Saskatoon in the last quarter. Our sales numbers year-to-date are the highest in three years.”


The surrounding region saw less-robust interest from buyers. July sales dropped nearly 40 per cent to 69 sales from last year’s 114, and dollar volume fell 35 per cent to $21.5 million from $33 million. Listings were down 3.3 per cent to 291 from 301.


However, the region’s average sales price rose 7.5 per cent to $311,998 in July, up from last year’s $290,322. To date, the price is down 5.2 per cent to $294,389.  ~ August 2019 SRAR 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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When you sell, you’ll probably want to get the best possible price for your property. Who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, there are many ways to inadvertently leave money on the table – sometimes thousands of dollars.


How do you avoid that possibility? Just remember the 4 Ps:


• Prep. Do everything you can to prepare your home so that it looks great to buyers. Clean, declutter, fix, make improvements. Home staging can also help. In fact, effectively staged homes have been shown to sell for up to 5% more than comparable unstaged properties.


• Price. Set the right asking price. That’s crucial. If it's too low, you'll attract only deal-hunters — and you might end up getting less than you should. If the asking price is too high, however, you'll discourage those buyers who might otherwise be interested and willing to make a good offer. Be careful with pricing!  


• Promotion. There may be qualified buyers out there who would be eager to see your property. But, they need to find out about your listing and the great features of your home first! Reaching these buyers requires more than merely profiling the listing on the MLS. Homes that sell for top dollar often have strong marketing — directed to the right buyers.


• Proposal. Once an offer comes in, there may be an opportunity to negotiate with the buyer to maximize the final price you get. This requires deep knowledge of the local market as well as street-smart negotiation skills. If done effectively, these negotiations can help put more money in your pocket.


These four Ps are easy to remember, but sometimes not so easy to implement! That's why working with a great real estate agent is so important. Contact me to get the conversation started.

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Here's a surprising statistic. Less than 30% of window replacements are the result of the old windows being worn, broken or otherwise in need of replacement.


Clearly, there are other good reasons to consider new windows!


One of the most popular motivations is cosmetic. Brand new windows have a huge impact on the overall look of a home, both on the inside and the outside. New windows can improve curb appeal — an important element when you sell a home. From the inside, new windows can dramatically improve the look of a room.  


Another reason to replace windows is to address energy costs. Modern windows are packed with technologies that lower heating/cooling bills. From low-e/argon to special spacer bars to high-insulating construction, these technologies can provide savings you'll notice, especially if you're replacing very old windows.


A third reason is window style and characteristics. Simply put, you may not like your current windows! You may want more glass and less frame to enhance your view. Maybe your windows pull up (vertical sliders) when you'd rather have them open like a door (casements). Perhaps you'd like fancy blinds in-between the panes of glass. Replacing windows lets you get exactly the look and features you want.


Will new windows boost the resale value of your home? They might, at least a little. But there's one thing for certain: upgraded windows definitely make your home look more appealing to buyers.

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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 view 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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The stronger residential housing market that began in March continued into June, as Saskatoon Realtors® sold 372 homes for a dollar volume of just under $126 million, the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) reported Friday.


Sales were up six per cent from last June’s 350, while the combined value rose nine per cent from $116 million.


Buyers also had fewer listings to choose from, as 784 units were added to the city’s market, down 10 per cent from last year’s 871 and well down from the previous year’s 949.


“Fewer listings and a renewed interest from first-time home buyers have helped support the Saskatoon market,” said SRAR CEO Jason Yochim. “We’re in a fairly balanced market, as demonstrated by a sales-to-listing ratio of 47 per cent.”


A buyer’s market is indicated by a ratio of under 40 per cent, while a seller’s market ratio begins at 60 per cent.


Year-to-date, local agents have listed 4,206 homes, down five per cent from last year’s 4,407 and also down from 2017’s 5,004. In that time, 1,840 homes have sold, up nine per cent from 2018’s 1,691. The dollar volume rose eight per cent to $610 million from $564.7 million.


Similar numbers were posted in Saskatoon and region, which includes neighbouring towns and cities such as Warman, Martensville and Dalmeny. Listings fell five per cent to 1,232 in June from 1,291 in the same month of 2018, while sales were up three per cent to 490 from 474. Dollar volume was up seven per cent to $169.5 million from $157.8 million.


Year-to-date, Saskatoon and region have seen 6,586 homes listed, down three per cent from 6,765, and sales of 2,489, up eight per cent from 2,310, for a value of $810 million. That number is up six per cent from last year’s $768 million.


In the region alone, 96 homes sold last month, down seven per cent from the previous June’s 103, although year-to-date sales are up five per cent to 517, up from 491. Dollar volume was down one per cent to $31 million from $31.3 million. Listings were up 10 per cent in June to 325 but were almost even year-to-date at 1,668.


The average sales price rose six per cent in Saskatoon and region to $323,291 in June, up from $304,449. However, the year-to-date average price remains down seven per cent at $292,039.


“I think we’re seeing a renewed confidence in the market, while prices are coming down in some categories,” Yochim said. “There may also be some pent-up demand. Prudent buyers are sensing that this is the time to buy in this market.”


SRAR, which encompasses Prince Albert, the Battlefords and other north-central communities under its reporting umbrella, reported both lower sales and listings in those markets. Source: July 2019 SRAR 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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Do you have only a few weeks to search for your next dream home? Don't panic. There are things you can do to find the perfect (or, at least, almost perfect) property — without getting too stressed out!


Consider these tips:


• Pre-arrange your mortgage. You want to be able to make a good offer on a home right away, without worrying about financing. So, talk to your mortgage advisor or lender about getting a mortgage preapproval. Sellers will take your offer more seriously if you have financing in hand.


• Decide what you want. What type of home are you looking for? What type of neighbourhood do you want to live in? The narrower your focus, the less time you’ll waste looking at properties that don’t fit your needs. 


• Be open to possibilities. There are probably terrific homes on the market — right now — that are close to what you're looking for. So be prepared to consider properties that are less-than-perfect. Remember, what a home lacks today may be remedied with a renovation later on.


• Be flexible with your schedule. When you see a home you like, schedule a viewing immediately, even if it's at an inconvenient day/time, such as a weekday after work. Finding a great home, quickly, is worth some inconvenience.


• Get alerted to new listings. As they say, the early-bird gets the worm. So arrange to be alerted to new listings the moment they come on the market. That way, you can see these properties right away.


Want more tips on finding a home, quickly? Give me a call.

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If you're thinking about buying a new home, you may be considering purchasing in a new development.


How does that compare to purchasing a resale property?


Buying a newly-built home has some advantages. Depending on the development, you may have leeway in the style of the home and the lot you choose. Also, when the home is built, you'll be moving into a place where everything is brand new!


On the downside, however, you may be forced to make a decision based purely on marketing brochures and floor plans. Unless there's a model home just like the one you want, you'll be buying sight unseen. Also, there may be unpredictable construction delays — an unpleasant experience if you've already sold your current property.


Of course, buying a resale home may also have a downside. For example, the house might need work, such as a new roof. What you see is pretty much what you get. And, that’s true for the floor plan too. You can't ask for the living room to be five feet wider, unless you decide to renovate.


On the other hand, a big advantage of a resale home is moving into a neighbourhood that is already there for you to see and explore. Unlike in a new development, you can get a very clear idea of what it’s going to be like to live there.


Plus, you get to see the house too!


Regardless of which way you go, I can help you make the best decision and find the home that's perfect for you. Call today.

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I have just sold a property at 330 Cooper CRES in Saskatoon.
Ideal Family Home Priced to Sell! This fully developed, excellently maintained and upgraded home with fantastic street appeal & location; being situated on a quiet crescent only steps to Fairhaven School & Herbert S. Sears Park, and conveniently close to all amenities is sure to please. Main floor features a bright & sunny living room with large picture window, Kitchen with solid oak cabinets is open to the formal dining area that conveniently offers access to the upgraded 12x12 raised deck (new 2016) allowing you to easily enjoy BBQ’d or smoked meals and comfortably entertain with family and friend this summer. There are 3 ample sized bedrooms complete with ceiling fans and closet lighting with the master bedroom featuring “cheater door” access to the over-sized main bathroom. Basement features a spacious family room accented by a gorgeous stone wood burning fireplace, pot lighting and bar seat shelving, additional 4th bedroom with LED lighting, upgraded 3 piece bathroom (2017) and plenty of storage space. Fully fenced landscaped lot showcases stonework, decorative flower beds containing many perennials such as Iris’s, Ferns and Tiger Lily’s and even has an apple tree. The concrete single driveway, easily able to park 4+ cars, leads to the 24x24 garage (re-sided in 2017 ) that’s insulated & boarded with electrical panel - Ideal for the garage enthusiast – additionally for more storage there’s a 8x12 shed wired with lights & electrical socket and concrete block enclosed under deck storage. Upgrades include the following: Triple pane windows (2009), all paint & flooring throughout (2018), shingles (2013), additional basement sub panel (2017) and water heater (2017). Includes 6 appliances. At this incredible price, don’t miss your chance to own this wonderful home that will accommodate your family’s growing needs for years to come.
$289,900. Fairhaven, Saskatoon
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Congratulations to my Newest VIPs’ Calvin and Andrea!


It’s considered one of the ultimate accomplishments of any SRS® RENE Realtor to achieve a fair market value, full price sale within a short time frame; a feat very difficult to achieve, especially in a buyers market.  Being you were a total blast from the past that reached out for my help, it means even more to be able to accomplish this ultimate achievement for you within 48 hours of listing your property.


Thank-you so much for choosing me to be your Seller Representative Specialist.  Representing you gave me the opportunity to return the favor of honest unconditional kindheartedness, of which you bestowed upon me decades ago when I was but a wayward teenager; I sincerely Thank You for your trust, respect and friendship.  I am so glad to be reconnected with you.  Always here if you need me, I wish you all the best moving forward.  God Bless.

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Sales rise 16 per cent from same month of last year Saskatoon


A hot, dry May brought a warmer market for Saskatoon home sellers, as sales rose 16 per cent over the same month of 2018.


City sales came in at 422 units, up from 363 last May and 420 the year before, the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® (SRAR) reported Monday. Sales are also up 10 per cent year-to-date at 1,469, up from 1,342 and 1,450 in the last two years.


“Sales have rebounded significantly this year, in large part due to an increase in condo sales,” said Jason Yochim, CEO of SRAR. “Condo sales are up almost 21 per cent over a year ago. Prices have been coming down, and they are very affordable compared to most housing types.”


Year-to-date, 449 condos have sold, as compared to 372 last year. Over the same period, single family home sales rose six per cent to 1,292, up from 1,215 last year. In May, single family home sales were up 13 per cent from last May.


As sales rose, unit listings fell three per cent to 911 in May, down from 942 in 2018 and 1,031 the previous year. Year-to-date listings are also down three per cent; so far, 3,422 homes have been listed to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as compared to 3,536 last year and 4,055 in 2017. T


he higher sales resulted in a 17 per cent dollar volume increase over last May to $140.7 million, up from $120.5 million. That’s despite a two per cent drop in the average selling price, which fell to $329,595 from $334,651.


“I suspect first-time home buyers have been very active this spring based on the condo sales,” Yochim said. “When lower-priced homes sell, it has a downward effect on the average price.”


In Saskatoon and region, including communities such as Warman, Martensville and Dalmeny, sales rose 14 per cent in May to a three-year high of 561 units. Listings fell seven per cent to 1,386, down from 1,485 and 1,553 in the previous two years. Dollar volume rose 12 per cent to $181.3 million from $162.3 million last year. Yochim said, “The sales to listing ratio was 46 per cent in May, which is approaching a balanced market.


”In the surrounding region excluding the city, dollar volume was down 13 per cent to $31.5 million from $36.3 million. Listings fell 20 per cent to 317, after two years at about 390, and sales rose eight per cent to 113, up from 105 last May.


The average selling price fell 19 per cent, however, to $279,095, after posting $346,130 last May. Year-to-date, the surrounding region has seen a three per cent decrease in dollar volume at $120 million; a three per cent drop in listings, to 1,344; and unit sales of 421, up nine per cent from last year.


As of the end of May, buyers had 3,164 listings to choose from in Saskatoon and area, unchanged from last year. Of those, 1,938 are in the city proper (down from 2,001 last May) and 1,126 are in surrounding towns and regions (down from last year’s 1,164). “We’re finally seeing some stabilization in the housing market, which has been in buyers’ market territory for some time due to oversupply and lower consumer confidence,”


Source: June 2019 SRAR News Release 

 
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It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it's overwhelming. If you're considering making a move and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourselves:


1. "What are our practical reasons for selling?"

This question refers to what you'll get by moving to a new home. The reasons could include a bigger backyard, shorter commute to work, an extra bedroom, a more desirable neighbourhood, etc.


2. "What are our emotional reasons for selling?"

This question refers to how you'll feel about living in a new home. For example, you might feel safer, less cramped, less worried (because the local schools are better), or happier (because the shorter commute means more time with your family.)


3. "What type of new home can we afford?"

This question involves finding out how much you'll likely get when you sell your existing home and how much of a mortgage you qualify to receive. With that information, you'll have a price range within which you can comfortably shop plus a clear idea of what your mortgage payments will be.


4. "In what ways will our lifestyle be better in a new home?"

This ties in closely with emotional reasons for selling. It relates to what your life will be like in a new home. Try to paint a picture in your mind. For example, you might want to be able to spend Saturday afternoons relaxing in your bigger backyard or Sunday nights entertaining friends and family in your larger living room.


5. "What else do we need to know before we decide to sell and move?"

Sometimes people are hesitant about selling simply because they have unanswered questions. So, if there's any part of the selling and buying process that’s not clear, be sure to ask me.


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