Inventory levels down compared to last year but continue to meet demand
SASKATOON, April 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed slight year-over-year house price increases for most housing types surveyed in Saskatoon. The exception to this being standard condominiums, which witnessed a slight price decrease in the first quarter of 2012.
Detached bungalows posted a modest year-over-year gain of 2.3 per cent to an average selling price of $338,750. Standard two-storey homes saw a 3.1 per cent year-over-year increase to $371,000, while standard condominiums witnessed a decrease of 1.0 per cent year-over-year to $237,000.
"Inventory levels are down slightly year-over-year yet market activity remains very strong," says Norm Fisher, Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate. "Lower than average inventory levels have led to more multiple offer scenarios for certain housing types in the area. However, we are only seeing a handful of these listings sell above asking price."
Fisher noted that, overall, the real estate market in Saskatoon was very healthy during the first quarter of 2012.
"We witnessed a spike in sales during the last few weeks of March, which shows that buyers are still confident and eager to take advantage of low interest rates," said Fisher.
Nationally, market activity in the first quarter of 2012 was unusually high resulting in tight inventories and strong price appreciation in most major cities. Buyers were attracted into the market by historically low mortgage rates and sellers brought listing inventory to market earlier than normal, encouraged by unseasonably warm weather.
In the first quarter, Canada's average standard two-storey homes rose 5.0 per cent year-over-year to $398,282, while detached bungalows increased 4.4 per cent to $356,306. Average prices for standard condominiums increased 2.2 per cent to $243,153.
"Our housing market is being pulled in opposite directions by opposing economic forces," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage Real Estate Services. "On one hand, there is the rapidly strengthening U.S. economy, increasing Canadian consumer confidence and what can only be called a national mortgage sale encouraging activity and bidding up home prices. On the other, we have signs of over-shooting values and strained affordability in our largest cities. We are likely to see much more modest price appreciation as the year unfolds."
About the Royal LePage House Price Survey
The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. This release references an abbreviated version of the survey which highlights house price trends for the three most common types of housing in Canada in 90 communities across the country. A complete database of past and present surveys is available on the Royal LePage Web site at www.royallepage.ca. Current figures will be updated following the complete tabulation of the data for the first quarter 2012. A printable version of the first quarter 2012 survey will be available online on May 2, 2012.
Housing values in the Royal LePage House Price Survey are Royal LePage opinions of fair market value in each location, based on local data and market knowledge provided by Royal LePage residential real estate experts.
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