Real Estate Blog

At the beginning of the 2020 year, the Saskatoon real estate market began with definite promise. The numbers certainly show a much more balanced market of late as sales volume and prices were quite strong. Of course, there will be a slow down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, however a  survey done by Point 2 homes in March shows that buyers have not lost confidence in the market. Most prefer to wait to purchase once this blows over. With interest rates at all time lows over the past few weeks, plenty of buyers are still actively shopping.

The Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission has put strict guidelines into place since the recent outbreak. It is obviously not business as usual as Realtors in Saskatoon are working remotely from their home offices and are

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These past 2 weeks, I lived in sweatpants, zero makeup, with my hair pulled back! I ate more calories in a week than I normally do all year. 

I stayed up super late and slept in daily. I attempted home workouts but was easily distracted by my dog. The kids and I binge-watched Netflix and cuddled on the couch! We played in the backyard until the sun went down. I deactivated Facebook because I couldn’t handle the steady stream of doom and gloom. My “normal life schedule” of selling houses from sun up to sun down was gone. 

Is this my way of dealing with stress? If it is, then I’m going to come out of this self-isolation 25 pounds heavier! 

In all seriousness, though, it’s scary to see how easily we get caught up in everyday life and downright

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In Saskatoon, the best month to sell your house really depends on the competition you have in your niche market at any given time. Traditionally, most potential sellers that may be looking to list their home will want to have it ready for spring or summer, when the market is most active. With more home buyers buying, the more likely a seller will be to sell their house quickly. However, this is also when most homes are listed, so there's also more competition between properties, which could lead to more days on the market.

Competition isn’t typically as strong during the fall or winter, so if you want to be sure your property will be seen, those may be the best months to sell a home. Spring, however is still an excellent season for selling your

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Prior to making the move to both Saskatoon and to real estate, Linda Outhwaite spent many years in Estevan, Saskatchewan working for the Canadian Border Services Agency in customs. There, she prided herself on her attention to detail and knowledge of rules and regulations. She then took these essential assets with her into her career as a REALTOR®, where she now works every day to keep her clients happy and protected in their real estate ventures. 

Why did you choose to become a REALTOR®?

I chose to become a REALTOR® because this career allows me to bring a number of my talents together while assisting clients. I have always had a lifelong interest in houses—how they are built and what makes a good house or a bad house. I have also spent my

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One of the most commonly asked questions in real estate is, “How do real estate agents get paid?” Many potential buyers and sellers are apprehensive about using a REALTOR® because they are unsure of hidden costs that may arise during a real estate transaction. This ambiguity can leave a potential client wary and apprehensive about employing a REALTOR®. In all reality, though, what they’re missing out on is having someone on their side who will most likely give them educated advice, help them save money, and point out potential pitfalls in the buying/selling process. 

How Much Do Real Estate Agents Make Per Sale?

Every real estate agent is paid on a commission basis and does not traditionally get paid for showings, appraisals, or any rendered

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Welcome back! What a wild 2 weeks it's been—travelling for my daughter's volleyball, toilet paper shelves are empty, mortgage rates are falling, and the whole damn world is in a tail-spin! As if that wasn't enough, we just had the last supermoon of this winter so people were acting bat-shit crazy, coronavirus is shutting down the world, and it's Friday the 13th. 

Now, I was going to write a stellar blog for you this week on my take on the age-old question, "So, are your fees negotiable?" But I am saving that bad boy for next time, because it seems like that is the last thing on everyone’s minds right now. So as I sit here reading emails from my kid's coaches and schools about indefinite cancellation of all activities and wondering what the hell I

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Ed Machart is a local, award-winning Saskatoon real estate agent, and has been selling real estate with CENTURY 21 Fusion for 15 years. One busy guy, Ed is always working hard for his clients, but was happy to take a moment to share what he loves about being a REALTOR® and why he would love to work with you and your family in finding the home of your dreams.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on a farm just outside of Harris, Saskatchewan. My dad taught me how to work hard and my mom taught me how to treat people, and sports was a big thing for me. As I've grown older, I now have two sons that are very athletic, and so they have been the highlight of my life. We travel, we watch the games, we support the best that we can. And then

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For many first time home buyers especially, the common misconception is that the only costs of buying a house is the price of the home itself. However, unlike buying a new TV, where you simply pay the cost, grab the box, and walk out the doors, buying a house means quite a few financial steps to get to the finish line. Here are just a few of the most common costs associated with buying a house:

Down Payment

In order to obtain a mortgage from a lender, you’ll need to provide proof of financial stability and income in the form of a down payment. Usually this is anywhere between 5% and 20% of a home’s purchase price, but it can certainly be more than that, if you can afford it! Though, the minimum down payment required in Canada is 5%, and anything

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Lisa Mueller is an award-winning Saskatoon REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 Fusion, with 12 years of experience in the real estate industry. She has worked with the brokerage as both a real estate agent and a broker manager, offering a wide array of experience in the way she works with home buyers, sellers, and other industry professionals. Even with her busy schedule, she was happy to spare a moment to talk about her experience as a local REALTOR® and why she would be the best fit for finding you and your family the dream home you’ve been searching for!

Why did you choose to become a REALTOR®?

I chose to become a REALTOR® because, at one point, I had moved 6 times in 8 years and so my husband said to me, "You should just be learning how to sell our

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Okay, so now that you have gotten to know me a bit better, let's jump right into the "meat and badadoes", as my Grandma Davidson would say!

People often ask why I got into real estate and, sometimes, I stare at them blankly and wonder that myself. But, in all honesty, I do love real estate! I have great clients and I love finding them their first or forever home, I dig architecture & interior design, and, let’s be honest, there is nothing like the thrill of negotiating & closing a deal. It’s that rush of adrenaline similar to—but much safer than—all the crazy shit I did as a teenager (sorry, Mom and Dad)! 

But it's not all sunshine and roses... In fact, there are times when I have come home and considered selling everything, moving to the

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