Saskatchewan's Real Estate Market Sees Unprecedented Sales Growth in January

Saskatchewan's Real Estate Market Sees Unprecedented Sales Growth in January

Saskatchewan's Real Estate Market Sees Unprecedented Sales Growth in January

Key Takeaways

  • January 2024 marked the seventh consecutive month of sales surpassing average rates, with a 24% year-over-year increase and nearly 18% above the decade's norm.
  • Detached homes led the surge in sales, amidst a backdrop of diminishing new listings and the lowest January inventory levels since 2010.
  • Inventory shortages were pronounced in homes under $400,000, making it a highly competitive market segment, while properties above $600,000 saw some inventory relief.
  • All property types witnessed price increases in January, with row/townhouse properties experiencing the most significant gains, setting the provincial benchmark price at $319,600.
  • Regions across Saskatchewan reported growth in sales, particularly notable in the Regina Moose-Mountain and Saskatoon-Biggar areas, albeit with continued inventory pressures.
  • Despite some regional price dips, overall, Saskatchewan saw a trend of rising property values, with certain areas like Melfort showing a 10% increase, contrasting with a near 3% decrease in Swift Current.

January's Market Dynamics

Overview of Sales and Inventory

In January 2024, Saskatchewan's real estate market demonstrated robust performance, with a remarkable 776 properties sold, marking a significant 24% increase compared to the previous year. This period also stands out as the seventh month in a row where sales exceeded the long-term average by nearly 18%, a trend largely fueled by the vigorous activity in the detached home segment.

As sales soared, the number of new listings failed to keep pace, leading to a sharp drop in available inventory to 4,562 units — the smallest amount recorded for January since 2010. This 18% year-over-year reduction in inventory underscores a consistent trend, especially in the more affordable housing market, which has become exceedingly competitive.

The State of the Housing Market

The scarcity of listings, particularly for homes priced below $400,000, continues to challenge prospective buyers, making it difficult to find affordable options. In contrast, the high-end market above $600,000 saw some relief in inventory, though not enough to balance the overall scarcity in lower-priced segments.

Chris Guérette, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Real Estate Association, highlighted the impact of increased lending rates, which have steered buyers towards more affordable housing options, exacerbating the inventory crunch in these segments.

Price Movements and Market Conditions

January also saw an uplift in property prices across all types, with the most notable increases in the row/townhouse category. The provincial benchmark price edged up to $319,600, reflecting a modest but steady year-over-year growth.

Despite the regional variances in market dynamics and property types, the overarching issue remains the inventory shortage affecting many areas. However, with anticipated easing in lending rates and a favorable economic backdrop, the demand for homeownership in Saskatchewan is expected to remain robust.

Regional Market Insights

Regina and Saskatoon Spotlight

The Regina Moose-Mountain and Saskatoon-Biggar regions led the province in sales growth, with the former reporting a significant 35% increase in sales and a 25% rise above the decade's average. Regina's market, however, saw a slight decline in prices, with the benchmark price at $301,900 in January, slightly below the previous year's figure.

Conversely, Saskatoon showcased a strong 22% increase in sales and a notable jump in its benchmark price to $372,800, underscoring a market that continues to thrive despite inventory challenges.


Saskatchewan's real estate market has started 2024 on a strong note, with sustained sales growth and price increases across most regions and property types. While inventory shortages pose significant challenges, particularly for affordable homes, the overall market dynamics suggest continued demand and optimism for the province's real estate sector.

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