Web traffic to Lower Mainland and Victoria home listings on REW.ca tripled on the day after the US election, as US residents started researching the possibility of moving to Canada.
The mantra “If Trump wins, I’m moving to Canada” has been oft-cited throughout the campaign – and it looks like many thousands of people are seriously contemplating such a move.
Visits to the REW.ca home listings portal rose by 226 per cent on Wednesday November 9, the day after Trump’s presidential victory, compared with the day of the election, and by 219 per cent compared with Wednesday November 2.
Page views on the property listings from US computers leaped to 26,204 on November 9, versus 8,789 page views on Wednesday last week – a rise of 198 per cent.
The total proportion of US visits to REW.ca rose from an average of 3.17 per cent of all the site’s sessions, to 10.56 per cent on November 9.
The majority of the searches were from Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Chicago – all in Democratic strongholds.
From California, which accounted for 35 per cent of REW.ca’s US-based traffic, searches on the listings portal rose by 272 per cent the day after the election, Wednesday November 9, compared with November 2.
The number of new users coming to REW.ca from California quintupled in that time, rising exactly 400 per cent.