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If you were an American looking to relocate to Canada after waking up to find out Donald Trump would be the next US president, where would you move?
Maybe you’d choose a rural retreat, or perhaps you’d decide to call a major urban centre home.
It appears Americans — including some A-list celebrities — are mulling these options and others in the days following Trump’s election win, according to numerous reports. (And then there’s the fact that the Canadian immigration website crashed on election night.)
To counter a dwindling population, The Rural Municipality of Pipestone in Manitoba sells some undeveloped properties in its town of Reston, population 550, for $10 (or a rock-bottom $7.40 in US dollars), and the initiative has caught the attention of Americans, the CBC reports.
The morning after the election, the municipality, located about an hour north of the US border, fielded six calls from Americans looking into taking advantage of the deal — which requires buyers’ to build a home on the lot they purchase — compared to the typical lone daily inquiry, a spokesperson told the CBC.
Homes.com, a popular property listing website spanning the Canadian and US markets, reports that by 11pm on election night, BC had already become the most-searched out of any province or state.
And by 9am the next day, with the election results announced, six Canadian cities cracked the top 25 most searched on the site: Vancouver, BC; Surrey, BC; Toronto, ON; Nelson, BC; Richmond, BC; and White Rock, BC.
Homes.com suggests Americans are just kicking the tires for the time being. “This surge of consumer searchers for Canadian properties has not translated into a notable increase in consumers inquiring about these properties,” the website said in a November 9th news release. “At this point, home shoppers appear to just be checking out the Canadian home prices and availability with no clear intention to relocate.”
BuzzBuzzHome search data from that day suggests more serious interest. On November 9th, the number of US users requesting more information on BuzzBuzzHome about specific Canadian new residential developments surged 63 per cent over the average across the previous 60 days.
Meantime, users visiting BuzzBuzzHome via terms including “buying a house in Canada,” “Canadian immigration” and “living in Canada” wind up spending 32 per cent more time on the site during their sessions than the average US visitor.