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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 

 
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 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.


Did thinking about these questions help make the decision easier? If you need more help or want to talk about your decision, call today!

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