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Roads still top list of Saskatoon residents’ concerns

Star phoenix, July 14, 2016 – Roads and sidewalks remain the top issue of concern for Saskatoon residents, three years into an aggressive and expensive road repair program, according to a poll commissioned by the City of Saskatoon. The telephone poll of 500 residents conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. between May 9 and June 3 showed roads and sidewalks ranked as the No. […]

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Cooling of Canada’s Hottest Real Estate Markets Delayed Again

July 13, 2016 /CNW/ – Canada’s residential real estate market continued to show strong appreciation in the second quarter of 2016, posting the highest national year-over-year gain seen in five years, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey1 and Market Survey Forecast released today.  Amid continued world economic uncertainty, the historically low interest rate environment that has fueled Canada’s […]

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Saskatoon realtor calls city’s housing market ‘soft’

CBC News, July 11, 2016 – Saskatoon realtor Norm Fisher offered a more deflated view. “We are seeing a general softening,” Fisher told CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. Fisher is with Royal LePage Vidorra. He said the downturn in the resource economy has slowed the demand a little bit in Saskatoon, and at the same time a lot of homes and new […]

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Residential construction continues to trail pace set in 2015: CMHC

Star phoenix, July 11, 2016 – The rippling effects of weak commodity prices continue to exert downward pressure on Saskatoon’s residential construction industry and home builders are responding, according to the national housing agency. “We have been seeing some weakness in the economy, so (builders) have been scaling back and trying to unload some of their inventory,” said Canada Mortgage and […]

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June employment numbers in Saskatchewan not a rosy picture

Starphoenix, July 8, 2016- Employment numbers for June in Saskatchewan are up slightly from May, but down 6,900 jobs compared with the same period last year, according to Statistics Canada’s labour force report released Friday. “This is the fifth month in a row we’ve had declines from a year ago. So we’re certainly in slump,” said Doug Elliott, publisher of Sask Trends […]

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Ottawa, province pledge millions to boost social housing in Saskatchewan

CBC News, July 7, 2016 – A new agreement between Ottawa and the government of Saskatchewan will shore up funding for affordable and low-income housing in communities across the province. On Thursday federal MP Ralph Goodale joined Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer to announce a multi-million-dollar investment for housing projects in Saskatchewan. Money will be spent on affordable housing […]

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Housing affordability worsens in Canada: RBC

CTV News, June 22, 2016 – OTTAWA — The affordability of a home in Vancouver has hit the worst level ever recorded in Canada following an “epic surge” in house prices in the first quarter, according to the Royal Bank. In a report Wednesday, the bank said its aggregate affordability measure for a home in Vancouver climbed 6.5 percentage points […]