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Buying and selling a home privately with the help of Saskatchewan’s leading website for private home sales is easy & economical.

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Believe it or not, January is a good time to sell your home in Saskatchewan!

It doesn’t feel like it would be, with this cold weather, and all the snow, but January is actually a pretty good month to sell your home in Saskatchewan.

In January of 2013, we had a total of 89 listings on saskhouses.com, and 57 of those listings were reported Sold by their owners. That is a listing to sale success rate of 64.04 percent, which was the best success rate of any month in 2013!

Part of the reason is that there normally aren’t a lot of homes to choose from early in the year, as many sellers wait until spring to list their homes for sale. In January, there are already a lot of buyers in the market, but not as many sellers, which usually means a pretty good success rate for sellers!

And how does that rate compare with the success rate of listings on MLS? It’s a bit tough to compare, but in 2012, the Saskatoon Real Estate Board had a total of 10,857 listings, with 5,564 sales, for a listing to sale success rate of 51.24 %. Our success rate for 2012 was 54.85%. Our success rate for the entire year of 2013 right now is 49.44%, but that includes a lot of properties which were listed within the past 60 days, so I expect that number to increase to about 55% as well within the next couple of months.

The success rate of private sellers on saskhouses.com is just as good or better than the success rate of sellers who choose to market their homes through the MLS system, at a fraction of the cost. And if you are thinking of selling in 2014, it might be better to beat the rush, and list your property before spring.

If you are thinking of selling your home with saskhouses.com, the process is easy as 1-2-3 – you can start by filling out one of our on-line listing forms by clicking here.

If you are thinking of buying, you can view all of our listings by clicking here.

Average house prices remain high in Saskatchewan

The average asking price of a listing in Saskatoon on Saskatchewan’s leading website for private home sales in 2013 was $375,876.

Home prices continued to slowly rise throughout much of Saskatchewan in 2013 as the province set new population records, and demand for housing continued to be strong.

The average asking price in Saskatoon bedroom communities wasn’t far behind the asking prices in the city.

In Martensville, the average asking price in 2013 was $359,262, and the average asking price in Warman was $360,529.

Prices were also very strong in Prince Albert, with an average asking price in 2013 of $327,405.

Most forecasters are predicting house prices to remain strong in Saskatchewan in 2014, as the province’s economy and population continue to grow.

8 great reasons to sell your home privately

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1. You have control of the selling process

When most people sell anything other than their home, they sell it themselves. They set an asking price, advertise for buyers, and negotiate the selling price and conditions. It isn’t very difficult. When it comes time to sell their home, many people have been led to believe it is a much different process. But in reality, it isn’t. You need to find a buyer and agree on a price and conditions, the same as selling anything else. And in the case of your home, your most valuable possession, wouldn’t you rather be in control of that process, rather than handing it off to a third party?

2. You don’t have to leave your home every time a buyer wants to come and see it

One of the most frustrating things about using a third party to sell your home is that you have to leave your home every time a buyer wants to come and look at it. Our last experience selling a home through a Real Estate Agent was  when our kids were still young. We would either go for walks in the neighbourhood, or go for drives, stalling for time, waiting for the agents and buyers to leave our house so that we could go back to our home, all the while wondering who was looking at our home, and what they thought about it.

When you sell your home through an Agent, you can expect to be given short notice to get out of your own home so someone can come over to see it. You’ll also be asked to leave for entire afternoons, so an open house can be held without you.

When you sell your home privately, you can schedule open houses and viewings around your schedule, as opposed to the schedule of a third party.

3. You get to meet the people who will be buying your home

One of the nicest things about selling privately is that you actually get to meet the people who will be moving into your home after you move out. It is nice to be able to put faces and names to the people who will take over the space you call home.

The same is true for the buyers. They get to actually meet the owners of the home they are thinking about buying.

4. No one knows your home as well as you do

No one knows your home as well as you do, so why wouldn’t you want to show it to buyers? You know about all the upgrades and improvements you’ve made to your home, and about any areas of concern as well. You would think Real Estate Agents would want the owners of the house to be around when they show a home to prospective clients, in case they had any questions or concerns, but for some reason, they don’t want them anywhere near. Do they really think they know your home better than you do?

5. You are directly involved in the negotiations for the sale of your home

For most people, there is no reason you can’t look after the negotiations for the sale or purchase of a home yourself. You know how much you want or need to get out of the house, or how much you are willing to spend. It is not a complicated or hard process. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to do your own research to determine a fair asking price for your property, and once you have that, the process is just like selling anything else. A buyer will hopefully make you an offer, and you can either accept it, refuse it, or make a counter offer. And you won’t have a third party pressuring you one way or the other.

6. You can save a lot of money

The average commission when Real Estate Agents are involved in a sale is anywhere from 3 to 7 percent of the selling price of the home, plus GST & PST. A lot of Brokerages in Saskatchewan are using the 6, 4 & 2 commission system right now, which is 6 percent on the first $100,000 of the sale, 4 percent on the second $100,000, and 2 percent on everything else. That means that on a $400,000 home, the commission would be $14,000 plus GST &PST – for a total of $15,400.

In that case, the Commission plus Taxes would end up being 3.85 percent of the total sale price. But if you still owe $300,000 on the house, it would be 15.4 percent of your equity. It’s a lot of money, either way.

When you sell your home privately, the only fees you pay are the advertising you decide to do on your own. That can be as simple as putting a For Sale by Owner sign in the window, or advertising online through websites like www.saskhouses.com – all at a small fraction of the price you would be paying to use a Real Estate Agent. The price of your home shouldn’t be higher just because you are using an Agent to help you sell, nor should it be lower because you are selling it on your own. But by the same token, a private seller might have a little more wiggle room than a seller using an Agent, because no third parties are getting part of the proceeds of the sale.

7. There is a lot less paperwork

When you sell your home privately, you usually only have to complete one form – an offer to purchase form, which is signed by the buyer & the seller, along with a witness, and taken to a lawyer. Often, the form can be signed in the Lawyer’s Office. That’s it – the Lawyer will look after everything else, to make sure the buyer gets the title to the house, and the seller gets the money for the sale of the house. When you sell with an Agent, there are a lot more documents to complete and sign, but most of them deal with your relationship with the Real Estate Agent, not with the sale of your home.

8. It is empowering

Anytime you are able to accomplish something you’ve been led to believe you aren’t capable of doing, it gives you a sense of empowerment. And selling your home yourself will do just that. Over the years, the Real Estate Industry has spent a lot of money on fear-mongering ads aimed at chipping away at the self-confidence of people who might be thinking of selling privately. Their most recent ad warns that if you buy a home privately, there is a good chance you’ll end up with termites, facing a lawsuit, living right next to a busy railroad track, and that your neighbours will be front-yard nudists. Don’t believe it, and don’t be afraid. In reality, if you try selling your home privately, you will likely be amazed by how easy and enjoyable the process was, and by how much extra money you end up with in your pocket.

Sask Property listed on saskhouses.com surpasses 4 Billion dollars

The total dollar value of Saskatchewan property advertised for sale on Saskatchewan’s leading website for private sales passed the 4 billion dollar mark in 2012.

In 2012, $553,081,129 dollars worth of Saskatchewan property was listed for sale on saskhouses.com, bringing the total since the company started in 1999, to $4,099,742,184.

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The average asking price of a saskhouses.com listing continued to increase in 2012, reaching a record high of $347,850. That was an increase of more than 7 percent from the average asking price in 2011 of $323, 240, and it was an increase of more than 122 percent from the average asking price in 2002, when we began tracking that number.

Here is the year-by-year average asking price of listings on saskhouses.com since 2002.

2012 – $347,850

2011 – $323,240

2010 – $314,504

2009 – $306,232

2008 – $317,020

2007 – $246,711

2006 – $185,191

2005 – $164,503

2004 – $156,652

2003 – $152,532

2002 – $156,340

We would like to thank Saskatchewan buyers and sellers for making saskhouses.com the most successful private sale website in the Province, and we look forward to another exceptional year in 2013!

Saskatchewan population growth continues

The population of Saskatchewan has hit another all-time high. New population numbers released by Statistics Canada show that 1,086,564 people were living in Saskatchewan at the end of October 2012.

That’s an increase of 6,606 people in the third quarter of 2012, and an increase of 23,024 people from October of 2011.

Most of the population growth in the last three months came from international migration, with more than 3,700 people moving here from other Countries. Almost 1,300 people moved to Saskatchewan from other provinces during the third quarter, with more than half of those newcomers coming from the province of Ontario.

248 people moved here from Manitoba in the past quarter, 194 people came from British Columbia, and 34 came from Alberta.

The Provincial Government has a goal of 1.2 million people living in Saskatchewan by the year 2020. If our population growth continues at last year’s rate of 2.1 percent, we will have 1,281,845 people living in Saskatchewan by this time in 2020.

Our population growth bodes well for the housing industry in Saskatchewan, and for sales of existing homes in the province. Prices throughout most of the Province have pretty much doubled since this time 6 years ago, and they have been stable, or slowly rising for the past couple of years.