Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Canada Home Buyers Back in Market in March After Winter

Canadian existing home sales rose at their fastest pace in seven months in March, led by transactions in Alberta, as buyers returned to the market following a winter slowdown.

Sales increased 1.0 percent in March from the previous month, the Canadian Real Estate Association said in a statement today. The number of homes sold jumped 7.3 percent in Calgary and rose 8.8 percent in Edmonton, Alberta’ capital.

The data suggest Canada’s real estate market is recovering from the impact of one of the harshest winters in decades, which had compounded a broader weakening in the industry. The winter in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, was the coldest since 1976-77, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“There’s little doubt that winter’s icy grip prompted many potential home buyers to put off house hunting,” Gregory Klump, the Ottawa-based realtor group’s chief economist, said in a statement.

The real estate group had reported four straight months of declines between October and January, before the market began picking up in February.

From a year earlier, sales in March rose 4.9 percent, the group said. The average price of a home sold in March fell 1.4 percent from February to C$394,848 ($359,018).

While existing home sales increased, new home construction has seen a slowdown. Housing starts dropped 18 percent in March to the lowest annual pace since the 2009 recession, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. said April 8.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.