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Imagine you’re shopping for a car. You find one that’s a suitable model, a recent year, and hasn’t been driven a lot. The price is right, too.

But, there’s a caveat.

The paint is worn off in several places. The driver’s seat upholstery is torn and requires repair. And, the tires needed to be replaced… a long time ago.

Would you still buy it? You might. However, unless you enjoy fixing up cars, you’d probably hesitate to make the purchase.

After all, in addition to seeing the car itself, you’re noticing the work that needs to be done to fix it.

The same holds true when selling your home. 

 The more “move-in” ready you make the property the more likely buyers are to become interested in buying it. Like when viewing a car, you want buyers to focus on all your home’s wonderful features, not on the repairs and updates that need to be done.

That being said, how important is it that your home be “move-in ready” when you sell?

That depends, in large part, on the market. If it’s currently a seller’s market in the neighbourhood — lots of buyers but comparatively few properties for sale — getting your home move-in ready is less important. There is already high demand for your property. (However, getting all repairs done and staging your property effectively will still provide a significant advantage.)

In a buyer’s market, where there are more homes for sale than buyers, you’re in a competitive situation. So, anything you can do to give your listing an advantage is worth the effort. That includes making it as “move-in” ready as possible

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I have listed a new property at 508 H AVE S in Saskatoon.
Looking for an affordable investment/rental property or character starter home to make your own that’s walking distance to the beautiful banks of South Saskatchewan River and Victoria park? Then this property could be for you. This 1 ½ storey home sits on 2 lots and has an open spacious floor plan with 9’0 ceilings & period enhancing room entry arches that maximize the homes 1030/2 sqft. Upon first entry is the sunroom with a built-in shelving display. If you’re looking for a large living area the 25’x10’9 living room area should satisfy. The kitchen features ceiling high cabinetry and an attached island with breakfast bar seating and the formal dining room has garden doors leading to the backyard. Additionally the main floor has a bedroom with a built-in dresser and 7’8x5’6 walk-in closet, a 4 piece bathroom with a build-in cabinet and a large laundry room with a cabinet, shelving and recessed area housing the included washer/dryer. An angled staircase with display nook leads to the full loft 2nd bedroom with a built-in dresser & multi cubby closets. From the loft windows you get views of the neighborhood and the backyard area featuring a 13’9x22’ 2-tier wood deck along with a 14’4x10’9 concrete patio and 15’7x12’8 concrete firepit area. For the garage enthusiast you’ll have more than enough space in the 28’x23’ double garage with 10’ ceilings and built- in cabinetry work area. If storage space is what you need this property currently has an unfinished basement containing a workshop room with a built in desk and cabinets and there is a 8’4x12’10 garage attached shed and a 6’6x4’5 house attached insulated shed with both inside home/outside access. If this house sounds like the one for you, don’t hesitate to book a private viewing.
$179,900MLS. Riversdale, Saskatoon
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If you need to sell your home in the next month or two, you might be worried. After all, aren’t spring and summer the ideal seasons to list your property? If you list in November or December, you might have difficulties attracting buyers and getting the best price for your home. Right?


Not necessarily.


While it’s true that spring and summer are traditionally busy periods in the real estate market, properties do sell every month of the year.


So, if you’re thinking of selling, you’ll need to know two things:


• What comparable homes are selling for at this time of year.

• How long homes are taking to sell, on average.


There might be a local seller’s market this month. That would mean there are more buyers looking for homes like yours than there are sellers. If that’s the case, your property will likely sell fairly quickly; perhaps you’ll even get multiple offers.


But, even if there’s a buyer’s market at this moment, that doesn’t mean your property won’t sell. It just means your home will need to be staged and marketed effectively to attract the right buyers and pique their interest in making an offer.


Regardless of the market, chances are, there are buyers out there looking for a home like yours. They just need to find out about it, become interested in viewing it, and be wowed when they see it.


So, don’t be too concerned about the month. If you’re ready to sell, there’s a way to make it happen.


Call me for more details.

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The Saskatchewan real estate market continues to be strong and outperform last year’s market. Across the province, sales were up 38.4% from last October (and up 20.4% year-to-date, going from 987 to 1,366), new listings were up 1.0% (but down 6.6% year-to-date), going from 2,002 to 2,023, and the median sale price was up 7.8% (up 3.6% year-to-date), going from $255,000 to $275,000. Inventories were also down in 16 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks.

Consumer confidence is high in Saskatchewan despite falling economic resilience across the country due to the emergence of a second wave of COVID-19. “The protocols that we put in place back in April to keep REALTORS® and their clients safe,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim, “has helped ease people’s anxiety when it comes to buying and selling real estate.”

Combined with the government’s early efforts to minimize the spread of COVID and to safely re-open the economy as quickly as possible, the SRA’s actions have been critical in helping keep consumer confidence high. “We saw that COVID didn’t stop people from participating in the real estate market,” said Yochim, “but they also need to feel safe.”

The confidence that people have shown has been great for the Saskatchewan real estate market. Median sales prices were up in 11 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks (with Prince Albert and Swift Current seeing the largest drops while Estevan and Weyburn saw the greatest gains), while the number of sales were up in 15 of 19 markets (with Weyburn and Melfort seeing the largest drop while Regina and Saskatoon had significant gains). Increases in sales and prices combined with falling inventories suggests that these markets continue to be resilient.

Overall, the real estate market in October continues the trends that we have seen since the provincial economy reopened. Although the market is slowing compared with the performance that we saw over the summer, this October was stronger than it was last year.

Although COVID numbers are beginning to increase across the country and in the province, the SRA continues to work on measures to help minimize the spread of the virus while allowing people to buy and sell real estate safely. With the province mandating masks in public spaces in Prince Albert, Regina, and Saskatoon and capping public gatherings at 10 people, the SRA is going one step further and requiring all of its members across Saskatchewan to wear masks at all times while meeting with clients as of Friday November 6th.


Sales in Saskatoon were up 40.5%, going from 306 in October 2019 to 430 in October 2020, and up 42.6% in the overall region, going from 411 to 586. In Saskatoon, sales were 32.5% above the 5-year average (and 30.5% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 29.8% above the 5-year average (and 26.6% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 14.9% over last year, increasing from 3,168 to 3,641, while YTD sales in the larger region rose 20.1%, going from 4,258 to 5,114.

Sales volume was up 56.4% in the city, going from $96.7M to $151.2M in 2020 (38.9% above the 5-year average, and 33.5% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $1,260.3M, an increase of 20.1% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 26.2%, going from $1,338.0M to $1,688.0M (38.1% above the 5-year average and 34.0% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 26.2% in the region, rising from $1,338.0M in 2019 to $1,688.0M in 2020.

In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in October 2020 rose 4.0%, going from 599 to 623 (5.1% below the 5-year average and 6.9% below the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings fell 2.5% from 857 last year to 836 this year (9.8% below the 5-year average and 11.7% below the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 3.5%, going from 6,992 to 6,744, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 6.2%, going from 10,245 to 9,610. Active listings fell 20.6% in Saskatoon (down from 1,729 to 1,372) and fell 25.6% in the region (down from 3,145 to 2,341).

Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3.2 months (which is 43.5% below the level last year and 43.5% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 69.0%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4.0 months (which is 47.8% below the level last year and 43.4% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 70.1%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers.

Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 42 days in October—down 20.8% from 53 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 51 days and below the 10-year average of 46 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 50 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 63 days last year (and 16.4% below the 5-year average).

Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $302,500 to $330,000 (an increase of 9.1%) and were approximately 2.5% above the 5-year and 0.9% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 0.3% from $322,700 to $323,600. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $331,065 which is 3.7% above the $319,300 price from the same time last year. Median home prices in the region went from $287,500 to $320,000 (an increase of 11.3%) and were approximately 4.8% above the 5-year and 3.4% above the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $314,252 which is 4.7% above the $300,110 price from the same time last year.



~Novemeber 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 1 116 Hiebert CRES in Martensville.
Looking for LOW condo fees, Quality & Affordability? Look no further than this 3 bedroom 1248/2 sqft bi-level condo PLUS garage built in 2010. Offering a desirable open floor boasting 9’ ceilings, recessed pot lighting, comforting stylish paint decor, rustic earth accent curtain rods, maple cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The spacious living room with wall sized picture window provides an abundance of natural light. A quality maple wood kitchen offers a cabinet pantry, trio display shelf and 4 stainless steel appliances within a peninsula style counter with an angled dual sink & bar seating. Enjoy the off-side dining area to serve & entertain guests with convenient garden door access to your own private balcony should you have the desire to BBQ or stargaze. The ample sized main bedroom features a dual shelved closet and is within steps to the 4 piece bathroom with a triple drawer maple vanity, accent lighting & built in shelving unit. A staircase that’s accentuated by a 5 light timeless chandelier and black rod & maple wood railing leads to the lower level with 2 additional bedrooms both with above grade windows; one featuring a walk-in closet & cheater door access to an oversized 4 piece bathroom. There’s plenty of storage to be found within the under-stairs area and storage/laundry/utility room with included washer & dryer, High efficiency furnace & Van-ee heat recovery unit. Bonus features consist of central air conditioning, central vac, Ibrick & vinyl siding outer finishing which enhances street appeal & landscaped grounds. Live in quality condo style on a quiet crescent within the big little city of Martensville all while enjoying low low condo fees @ only $180 per month.
$222,500. Martensville
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Congratulations to my newest VIP Shealynn & my repeat VIP Tyler on your #SRSSOLD!!!!


It was way back in early 2019 when you first tried selling this property, listing with another Realtor who despites their best efforts, months went by and was unable to achieve securing the firm sold you were hoping for.   When you decided to give me a call, I took some time to assess your real estate.   I quickly knew what to do to help you and actually advised no change in your price from your last listing but recommended that you put your condo on market as soon as possible and gave you instructions on presentation and what’s best attraction for selling. ✅✅✅✅ You took my advice, followed my instructions and so along with my personal style of property marketing presentation, combined with my advertising connections/strategies and SRS® skills, I was quickly able to attract a buyer and secure an offer on your unit after only 11 days on market.


Thank you so much for asking me to help you accomplish this long awaited SOLD.  It was a pleasure working with you and I have to admit, very satisfying to be the Realtor that was able to put this SRSSOLD sign up. I appreciate your trust, friendship and the hard work, choices & efforts you put in.


Shout out to...Sam Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP whose professional skills are making this sale title transfer final and to my VIP Tyler Wright for recommending using my services again, it was so great to be able to help you both!  Wishing you all the best! ✌️ 

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When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best to buyers. Unfortunately, buyers are likely to notice any cracks or stains on your floor.


Luckily, there are many do-it-yourself solutions to help make your floors look significantly better.


Let’s start with stains.


If you have carpeting, there are a number of spot cleaning products on the market. But before you try one of those, consider this simple remedy. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the stain and then add just enough drops of white vinegar to make it bubble. Wait two minutes. Then, dab carefully with a paper towel and vacuum the residual. This method often works.


For hard floors, gentle rubbing with warm water will take care of most stains. If you have hardwood floors, don’t let the area remain wet. Dry it completely.


Ceramic tile floors often have old, discoloured grout that is an eyesore. Of course, there are products available to clean grout. But try using an old toothbrush and water before investing in those products. Scrub the grout gently. Then mop the entire area.


If you have minor damage to a section of hardwood floor or floor tiles — for example, a chip or crack — the best solution is replacement. Unfortunately, this isn’t a DIY-friendly job, so unless you’ve done it successfully before, consider hiring a contractor.


If the crack is minor and you don’t want to replace the piece, there are sealing products available, which will camouflage the crack — to some extent — and prevent it from getting worse.


If you have a flooring crack or stain you’re concerned about, try these tips. Also, check out your local home improvement centre for more ideas.

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I have listed a new property at 1 116 Hiebert CRES in Martensville.
Looking for LOW condo fees, Quality & Affordability? Look no further than this 3 bedroom 1248/2 sqft bi-level condo PLUS garage built in 2010. Offering a desirable open floor boasting 9’ ceilings, recessed pot lighting, comforting stylish paint decor, rustic earth accent curtain rods, maple cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The spacious living room with wall sized picture window provides an abundance of natural light. A quality maple wood kitchen offers a cabinet pantry, trio display shelf and 4 stainless steel appliances within a peninsula style counter with an angled dual sink & bar seating. Enjoy the off-side dining area to serve & entertain guests with convenient garden door access to your own private balcony should you have the desire to BBQ or stargaze. The ample sized main bedroom features a dual shelved closet and is within steps to the 4 piece bathroom with a triple drawer maple vanity, accent lighting & built in shelving unit. A staircase that’s accentuated by a 5 light timeless chandelier and black rod & maple wood railing leads to the lower level with 2 additional bedrooms both with above grade windows; one featuring a walk-in closet & cheater door access to an oversized 4 piece bathroom. There’s plenty of storage to be found within the under-stairs area and storage/laundry/utility room with included washer & dryer, High efficiency furnace & Van-ee heat recovery unit. Bonus features consist of central air conditioning, option for central vac, Ibrick & vinyl siding outer finishing which enhances street appeal & landscaped grounds. Live in quality condo style on a quiet crescent within the big little city of Martensville all while enjoying low low condo fees @ only $180 per month.
$222,500MLS. Martensville
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In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost.


When it comes to your home, the gain may be more than financial. It may include the benefit of the lifestyle it gives you. For example, a spacious backyard deck pays off in countless pleasant Saturdays with friends and family. A home’s location near convenient commuting routes means less stress getting to and from work.


Lifestyle factors are important, not only when considering where you’re living now, but also when considering where you think you’d like to live in the future.


That’s why it’s a good idea to do a Lifestyle Assessment regularly. The exercise is simple. Make a list of all the lifestyle characteristics you want in a home, as well as a neighbourhood. Think about how much room you need, the kind of neighbourhood you want to live in, your hobbies and interests, what’s important to have nearby (such as schools), and so forth.


The next step is to prioritize. Move items on your list around so that the most important lifestyle factors are at the top.


Finally, review the list and check off those lifestyle factors your home is currently providing.


If you’re able to check off most (ideally, all) of the items at the top of your list, you’re in pretty good shape. Your current home is probably giving you the lifestyle you want.


But if some important lifestyle factors are unchecked, it might be worth considering whether buying a new home will give you a better “Lifestyle ROI”.


If, after doing this exercise, you’re curious about how to get into your ideal home, call me.

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The Saskatchewan real estate market continues to be quite strong, outperforming the market last year. Across the province, year-over-year sales were up almost 52% from last September (and up over 18.5% year-to-date), new listings were up 10% year-over-year (but down just over 7% year-to-date), and the median sale price was up over 2% (up 0.4% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 18 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks.

Although the province continued to see a small uptick in COVID cases in September, this hasn’t deterred people from buying and selling real estate. “While it’s been suggested that the market would suffer due to COVID,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim, “this really hasn’t happened in Saskatchewan.” Despite a smaller number of new and active listings year-to-date, other numbers are generally better compared with last year. “The fact that sales and prices are up while inventories are down suggests the market has more than recovered and is doing better than last year—despite the pandemic,” said Yochim.

Median sales prices were up in 12 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks (with Melfort and Weyburn seeing the strongest declines while Swift Current and Yorkton saw the greatest increases), while the number of sales were up (or flat) in 17 of 19 markets.

We’ve seen relatively strong performance throughout the summer this year, and this strength has carried over into September. With provincial and civic elections looming this month and a general sense of activity, October could also see another strong performance despite the market beginning to cool.

“Even though we expect activity to fall off compared with the highs of summer,” said Yochim, “people still seem motivated and interested in real estate.” The safety precautions that the SRA put in place back in April to help reassure the public that real estate is safe has certainly helped to channel pent-up demand and allowed the province to reduce the economic impact of COVID.

Sales in Saskatoon were up 41.0%, going from 305 in September 2019 to 430 in September 2020, and up 54.4% in the overall region, going from 423 to 653. In Saskatoon, sales were 28.4% above the 5-year average (and 23.7% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 41.7% above the 5-year average (and 34.2% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 12.3% over last year, increasing from 2,862 to 3,215, while YTD sales in the larger region rose 17.9%, going from 3,847 to 4,535.

Sales volume was up 43.0% in the city, going from $107.7M to $154.0M in 2020 (39.3% above the 5-year average, and 31.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $1,110.4M, an increase of 16.6% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 22.8%, going from $1,213.9M to $1,490.6M (47.8% above the 5-year average and 42.0% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 22.8% in the region, rising from $1,213.9M in 2019 to $1,490.6M in 2020.

In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in September 2020 rose 13.4%, going from 717 to 813 (3.4% above the 5-year average and 4.0% above the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 6.7% from 1,000 last year to 1,067 this year (3.6% below the 5-year average and 1.3% above the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 4.2%, going from 6,393 to 6,123, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 6.5%, going from 9,388 to 8,777. Active listings fell 18.0% in Saskatoon (down from 1,906 to 1,563) and fell 22.1% in the region (down from 3,452 to 2,690).

Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3.6 months (which is 41.8% below the level last year and 38.8% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 52.9%, suggesting balanced market conditions. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4.1 months (which is 49.5% below the level last year and 46.2% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 61.2%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers.

Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 40 days in September—down 27.3% from 55 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 52 days and below the 10-year average of 46 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 51 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 66 days last year (and 16.7% below the 5-year average).

Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $329,900 to $345,000 (an increase of 4.6%) and were approximately 4.6% above the 5-year and 6.0% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 1.0% from $319,400 to $322,700. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $331,183 which is 3.1% above the $321,167 price from the same time last year. Median home prices in the region went from $310,000 to $330,000 (an increase of 6.5%) and were approximately 6.5% above the 5-year and 7.0% above the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $313,614 which is 4.0% above the $301,511 price from the same time last year.  

~September 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.

 The Saskatchewan real estate market continues to be quite strong, outperforming the market last year. Across the province, year-over-year sales were up almost 52% from last September (and up over 18.5% year-to-date), new listings were up 10% year-over-year (but down just over 7% year-to-date), and the median sale price was up over 2% (up 0.4% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 18 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks.

Although the province continued to see a small uptick in COVID cases in September, this hasn’t deterred people from buying and selling real estate. “While it’s been suggested that the market would suffer due to COVID,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim, “this really hasn’t happened in Saskatchewan.” Despite a smaller number of new and active listings year-to-date, other numbers are generally better compared with last year. “The fact that sales and prices are up while inventories are down suggests the market has more than recovered and is doing better than last year—despite the pandemic,” said Yochim.

Median sales prices were up in 12 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks (with Melfort and Weyburn seeing the strongest declines while Swift Current and Yorkton saw the greatest increases), while the number of sales were up (or flat) in 17 of 19 markets.

We’ve seen relatively strong performance throughout the summer this year, and this strength has carried over into September. With provincial and civic elections looming this month and a general sense of activity, October could also see another strong performance despite the market beginning to cool.

“Even though we expect activity to fall off compared with the highs of summer,” said Yochim, “people still seem motivated and interested in real estate.” The safety precautions that the SRA put in place back in April to help reassure the public that real estate is safe has certainly helped to channel pent-up demand and allowed the province to reduce the economic impact of COVID.

Saskatoon

Sales in Saskatoon were up 41.0%, going from 305 in September 2019 to 430 in September 2020, and up 54.4% in the overall region, going from 423 to 653. In Saskatoon, sales were 28.4% above the 5-year average (and 23.7% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 41.7% above the 5-year average (and 34.2% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 12.3% over last year, increasing from 2,862 to 3,215, while YTD sales in the larger region rose 17.9%, going from 3,847 to 4,535.

Sales volume was up 43.0% in the city, going from $107.7M to $154.0M in 2020 (39.3% above the 5-year average, and 31.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $1,110.4M, an increase of 16.6% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 22.8%, going from $1,213.9M to $1,490.6M (47.8% above the 5-year average and 42.0% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 22.8% in the region, rising from $1,213.9M in 2019 to $1,490.6M in 2020.

In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in September 2020 rose 13.4%, going from 717 to 813 (3.4% above the 5-year average and 4.0% above the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 6.7% from 1,000 last year to 1,067 this year (3.6% below the 5-year average and 1.3% above the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 4.2%, going from 6,393 to 6,123, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 6.5%, going from 9,388 to 8,777. Active listings fell 18.0% in Saskatoon (down from 1,906 to 1,563) and fell 22.1% in the region (down from 3,452 to 2,690).

Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3.6 months (which is 41.8% below the level last year and 38.8% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 52.9%, suggesting balanced market conditions. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4.1 months (which is 49.5% below the level last year and 46.2% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 61.2%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers.

Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 40 days in September—down 27.3% from 55 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 52 days and below the 10-year average of 46 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 51 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 66 days last year (and 16.7% below the 5-year average).

Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $329,900 to $345,000 (an increase of 4.6%) and were approximately 4.6% above the 5-year and 6.0% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 1.0% from $319,400 to $322,700. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $331,183 which is 3.1% above the $321,167 price from the same time last year. Median home prices in the region went from $310,000 to $330,000 (an increase of 6.5%) and were approximately 6.5% above the 5-year and 7.0% above the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $313,614 which is 4.0% above the $301,511 price from the same time last year.

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Congratulations to my newest VIP Nikesh on your 1st home purchase!!! 


When your family member brought to my attention that you were having a hard time maneuvering within the fast paced, ever changing world of real estate… always finding out you were too late for every property you had interest in, no matter how fast you acted.  It was clear to me immediately that (a) you definitely needed my #ABR®  help and (b) I knew exactly what to do ….aaaand since this Blog is all about your successful 1st home purchase - my help was spot on!  Buuutttt, you and I both know that it wasn’t that simple and that this home purchase was an almost WASN’T from day one being it was out of your purchase price range.  BUT, you did hire ME to help, soooo after convincing you of why you should definitely see this property, knowing it was absolutely TOTALLY PEFECT for you, , you fell in love and wrote your best offer ….which was totally refused by the seller. Disappointed, but accepting, you had to walk away feeling like a property like this within the much desirable Holliston sub-area would never be a reality for you…..but my never give up #RENE skills kicked in and I continued to fight for your price outside of the timed negotiation window….which a few days later, much to your complete shock  and utmost happiness, I was FINALLY successful..upon which then saying to you, “QUICK, sign here ✍️ …before the Seller changes their mind!!!!”  


Thanks so much for choosing me to be your #ABR® #RENE #Realtor® and trusting me to be your real estate guide on your first home purchasing experience. This house was meant to be yours and I wish you nothing but the utmost enjoyment as you embark on your new home ownership experience.  Always here to help you and anyone you know who needs real estate help. Cheers!


Shout out to the one & only Sam Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP for helping another of my clients by providing his exceptional legal expertise.  

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I have listed a new property at 55 Government RD in Prud'homme.
Classic, Perfect & Adorable Country Town Home; complete with white picket fenced veranda. This cozy character 1½ storey with eye catching curb appeal features extensive recent & ongoing upgrades. A naturally bright main floor has upgraded textured hardwood throughout the spacious living room & formal dining area with stylish accent lighting & floating shelves. Newly refinished white country style kitchen with laminate flooring, dual sink, stainless steel appliances & accent move-able island is an ideal cooking space. Pamper yourself in the luxurious bathroom with timeless lighting, a Carrara marble island, tile shower/bath with built in shelf & tile ‘ in floor’ electric heat that's conveniently located across from the large master bedroom with built in desk & shelving. The 2nd level has been structurally re-enforced & reconfigured from original build for more spacious & functional living includes 2 additional bedrooms with 12mm vinyl plank flooring & bathroom with tile shower, marble vanity & industrial tile flooring. There’s a convenient foyer off kitchen with outside access and a laundry/mudroom with direct entry to the attached garage with access to a back yard area ideal for a future deck/patio. Sitting on a 6500sqft private landscaped lot with oversized garden, mature trees including cherry, plum & newly planted cedars, multiple bushes including raspberry, blueberry, purple lilac & yellow rose also juniper plants, a strawberry patch & lily of the valley perennials. For storage needs; a functional dry crawl style basement and attached & detached sheds. Additional upgrades; Suspended HI furnace(reducing insurance costs) & water heater, upgraded sewer & plumbing that included plex water lines, electrical update including plugs & switches, tin roof sections, side siding, windows & doors (interior/exterior with front keyless entry). Direct Bus service to Vonda École Providence (10min) & Aberdeen Composite School (20min). 35 minutes NE of Saskatoon & NW of Humboldt.
$99,900MLS. Prud'homme
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When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best. You want buyers who view it to say, “Wow, I love this place!” However, what if you have a stubborn stain in the carpet, or a cracked floor tile? An unsightly issue like that can be distracting in your otherwise beautiful property.


You have a few options.


First, try to get the issue fixed. There are specialty cleaners on the market designed to lift even the most stubborn carpet stains.


The same goes for hardwood and tile. A flooring contractor might be able to find a matching piece and then replace the damaged section. Contractors also know other tricks-of-the-trade to repair damaged flooring or, at least, minimize the damage. For example, there are fillers and stains available that can make a crack or chip in a hardwood plank look almost invisible.


Home staging can also make damaged flooring less of a focal point in the room. An effective arrangement of furniture, area rugs, and other items puts more of the focus on the overall decor and less on that carpet stain.


In addition, making other more affordable improvements, such as painting, can have a compensatory effect. A buyer may notice the chipped hardwood, but will also notice the walls, which look like new.

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Congratulations to my newest VIPs’ Tyler and Vance on purchasing your 1st home!!! 


It was a bit of a slower beginning, your decision to enter the world of home ownership, but once made you guys took no time at all in finding the ideal starter and future investment home that fit your individual needs perfectly!     The stage was set for the perfect deal to unfold….but as soon as we started tough choices had to be made and made very quickly, of which continued all throughout the deal with the final and toughest choice having to be made, with time against you and the clock ticking down before this property would have been lost to another buyer. ⏲    I knew this house was meant to be yours and I just happen to have a never give up fighting attitude so despite the odds and the hour when all was lost the needed miracle was found!!!  With a mere 24 minutes to spare until midnight, your contract expiration deadline, I was un-breakably able to ABR® SOLD secure this property into your hands.    


Thanks so much for trusting me to guide you through this.  It was great working with you both and my pleasure to represent you as your #ABR® #RENE #Realtor® on your very first home purchasing experience.  Super glad it all worked out and beyond excited for you to begin your home ownership experience!!!  Always know I’m here to help you, your friends and family whenever you need for years to come.


LOUD Shout out to the BOMB Chelsey Limay, Pro-Link Mortgages who ROCKED IT! ; Working late & Fighting hard, along side, for this result - who without, this would not have been possible and BIG THANKS to my VIP Joey for boasting my services and referring me….as promised so delivered. and additional Thanks to the awesome Samuel Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP for making it legal!  ✋  

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Although the August real estate market appears to be slowing down compared with June and July, we still see signs of strength. Across the province, year-over-year sales were up over 46% from August of last year (and up over 14% year-to-date), new listings were up nearly 5% year-over-year (but down just over 9% year-to-date), and the median sale price was up over 7% (up 0.2% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 18 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks. This suggests that people are still quite eager to buy and are continuing to find value in real estate.


“While there have been some COVID outbreaks across the province, the number of cases has been pretty small” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim, “and this doesn’t seem to have turned people off from buying and selling real estate.” The fact that we had two months of slow activity and that “we’ve almost made up all of that lost ground is simply amazing,” said Yochim.


Median sales prices were up in 14 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks (with Yorkton and the broader region seeing the strongest declines), while the number of sales in all markets jumped anywhere from just under 4% to close to 226% (except for in Melfort, which saw sales fall 10%). Again, this strong performance suggests that the sector has recovered from the devastation of the pandemic and that real estate is quite resilient.


June’s and July’s strong performance suggested that August would also be a strong month. As children start returning to school in September and the weather starts to get colder, however, we expect activity to slow down and fall off into Q4.


“August tends to be when things start to slow down a little,” said Yochim, “but we’re still hearing reports of multiple offers and of houses being sold almost as soon as they’re listed.”

Although things are starting to “slow down” compared with earlier in the year, the market is in line with historical trends—and we still see generally strong performance.

 

Sales in Saskatoon were up 41.8%, going from 325 in August 2019 to 461 in August 2020, and up 47.7% in the overall region, going from 449 to 663. In Saskatoon, sales were 26.8% above the 5-year average (and 25.1% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 29.8% above the 5-year average (and 27.3% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 8.9% over last year, increasing from 2,557 to 2,785, while YTD sales in the larger region rose 13.4%, going from 3,424 to 3,882.


Sales volume was up 55.5% in the city, going from $105.0M to $163.3M in 2020 (31.4% above the 5-year average, and 28.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $957.2M, an increase of 13.3% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 18.0%, going from $1,076.9M to $1,271.2M (35.9% above the 5-year average and 35.5% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 18.0% in the region, rising from $1,076.9M in 2019 to $1,271.2M in 2020.


In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in August 2020 rose 7.7%, going from 724 to 780 (0.3% above the 5-year average and 4.0% above the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 6.9% from 1,029 last year to 1,100 this year (2.6% below the 5-year average and 0.5% above the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 6.4%, going from 5,676 to 5,310, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 8.1%, going from 8,388 to 7,709. Active listings fell 19.5% in Saskatoon (down from 1,911 to 1,538) and fell 20.3% in the region (down from 3,473 to 2,768).


Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3.3 months (which is 43.3% below the level last year and 39.9% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 59.1%, suggesting balanced market conditions. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4.2 months (which is 46.0% below the level last year and 40.5% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 60.3%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 42 days in August—down 25.0% from 56 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 51 days and below the 10-year average of 46 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 50 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 68 days last year (and 16.1% below the 5-year average).


Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $309,000 to $336,000 (an increase of 8.7%) and were approximately 3.3% above the 5-year and 2.7% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 1.4% from $314,900 to $319,400. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $329,456 which is 2.9% above the $320,075 price from the same time last year.


Median home prices in the region went from $293,000 to $327,900 (an increase of 11.9%) and were approximately 5.7% above the 5-year and 6.3% above the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $311,803 which is 3.8% above the $300,450 price from the same time last year.


~September 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 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.
$309,900. Osler
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Congratulations to my repeat VIP’s Ben & Ashley on your #SRSSOLD!!!!


When first contacting me, you were unsure and needing advisement on when and whether to list your property with currently renting tenants or wait until vacancy. With insight into the market, I strongly suggested to put your home up on the market as soon as possible, in which you took my advice and within 2 weeks on the market you had a pending offer.


HOWEVER….this seemingly slam dunk, smooth sailing, quick transfer deal turned into a closing delay nightmare with extension after extension after extension…….….AFTER EXTENSION . While working hard on the last chance & hope to make this sale happen, everyone involved held their breath and hung in there and despite the uphill battle a SOLD was reached….with new owner title transfer possession to occur only a few weeks after you were even planning on listing. I can honestly say this is the longest taking closing of a pending sale I have been involved in...in all my 18+ years as a Realtor. Thanks for trusting me & hanging in there that all would work out.


Thank you for choosing me again to assist you in your real estate needs. It was a pleasure helping you purchase this home years ago and it was incredibly satisfying selling it for you! I truly appreciate your continual trust, support and friendship. Now you can fully move forward in your life plans and officially say farewell to your Saskatchewan ties!!! ✌️


Shout out to...Samuel Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP who once again is helping these clients with his legal expertise! AND as well to the Superstar Realtor & coolest Australian in Victoria, BC, my friend, Kieren Rasura, EXP Realty, . Thanks for taking a referral chance on me years ago and choosing me to help Ben & Ashley purchase this property. It was a total pleasure to help them again and continue being a trusted source of real estate insight for your referrals. ✌️

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How do you find the home of your dreams within a price range you can afford?


Most buyers start by making a “wish list”. But, it’s easy to get frustrated when you have a long wish list and expect you’ll be able to find a home with every one of those features. You might, for example, have “mature backyard tree” as number 23 on your list, and become disappointed when an otherwise ideal property doesn’t have one.


But when you really think about it, your ideal home probably comes down to just three or four core characteristics. For example:


1. Nice, safe, family-oriented neighbourhood.  


2. Good-sized backyard.


3. Four bedrooms and two baths.


Sure, there might be other features you were hoping for, such as “move in ready”, or that big tree, but your “big three” are the ones you really can’t do without.


So, when you’re shopping for a new home, yes, definitely make a long list of features and characteristics you desire. After all, there might be properties available on the market that check off most, if not all, of those boxes.


But also circle those three or four characteristics that are at the core of what you want. That will help make your property search much more focused and you’ll be more likely to find your next dream home.


Another advantage of coming up with your big three (or four) is that you’ll be able to quickly discover how much homes with those characteristics are selling for on today’s market. Once you know that price range, you’ll be able to talk with a mortgage advisor to pre-arrange financing. That will make your offer on that dream home even stronger.


Whatever you choose for your “big three”, I can help you find and buy that home. Call me.

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I have just sold a 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.
$199,900. Prud'homme
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Congratulations to my repeat VIPs Rita & Quentin on your SRS® SOLD!!!!


Based on a multi decade long stemming friendship that began well before I even became a Realtor, you called me up years ago and said “Come sell my house in Prud’homme!’  My response, ”Prud’homme WHERE!!!????  And that was how it all started --- Because of you, I have had the pleasure of helping many of clients purchase & sell homes within the family friendly community of Prud’homme for well over a decade.  Not only am I directly responsible for implementing an overall increase in property value in Prud’homme but I managed to become a leading expert in the Prud’homme real estate offering assistance to other Realtors when trading within the town…all while keeping intact my 100% list to sell personal record!


So when you needed my help again, I was there for you even though I was heavily pregnant and actually gave birth the day after listing your house! It was my pleasure to help you again and provide a quick SRSSOLD in less than 3 weeks; which is exactly what you wanted so that you could begin your NEW LIFE chapter!


Thank you so very much for your life-long friendship and for choosing me once again to assist you in your real estate needs.  Your continual trust, support and on-going referrals have made a huge impact on my career and I am eternally grateful. 


I wish you all the best moving forward and may life provide all the joy, benefits & happiness you so deserve.

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