The real estate market continues to be hot, with the average price for a home in Canada reaching a record high in March.

But what does that mean for home buyers across the country?

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the national average price for homes sold in March was $439,144.

The average is up 9.4 per cent from March 2014, although six provinces saw price decreases. CREA says that national sales activity data is skewed by Canada's most active markets, Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto. (Excluding these two areas, the average price would be $332,711.)

While higher house prices speak to the health of the Canadian market on the whole, there is still a big difference in what $439,000 can get you in different cities – from a 900-square-foot condo in Toronto to a 2,500-square-foot detached home in Halifax.

Here's a snapshot of what you can buy for the current national average based on houses found on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).


Alberta

Calgary

Since March 2014, the city's average home price has increased 4.1 per cent.

What $440K gets you: A 1,321-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Edmonton

The city's average home price is up 1.5 per cent from March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 1,622-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an attached garage.


British Columbia

Vancouver

Greater Vancouver's average home price has increased by 7.2 per cent from March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 925-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Victoria

The city's average price has increased 2.7 per cent since March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 1,477-square-foot townhouse with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage.


Manitoba

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Home buyers in Manitoba can get a detached, four bedroom house for the average Canadian home price. (CBC)

The province's average price has increased by 0.9 per cent since this time last year.

Winnipeg

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 2,113-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a patio and an attached garage.

Brandon

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 1,510-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a deck and an attached garage.


New Brunswick

The province's average price has dropped by 3.8 per cent since March 2014.

Saint John

What $440K gets you: A 1,068-square-foot condo on the waterfront with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Moncton

Greater Moncton's average home price has increased 0.5 per cent from a year ago.

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 4,900-square-foot detached house with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached garage.


Newfoundland and Labrador

The average price in N.L. has decreased by 5.3 per cent in the last year.

St. John's

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 2,658-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an attached garage.

Conception Bay South

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 2,625-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an attached garage.


Northwest Territories

The average price here has increased by 14.7 per cent from March 2014.

Yellowknife

What $440K gets you: A 1,520-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

* There were no MLS listings for NWT's second-biggest city, Hay River.


Nova Scotia

The average price has increased by 6.2 per cent in the last year.

Halifax

What $440K gets you: A 2,500-square-foot detached home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a deck and an attached garage.

Sydney

What $440K gets you: A 3,300-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a detached garage.


Nunavut

There were no MLS listings as of April 16.


Ontario

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The current national average for house prices can buy a 900-square-foot condo in Toronto. (Canadian Press)

The province's average home price has increased by 7.3 per cent from March 2014.

Toronto

The average price in the Greater Toronto Area has increased by 7.8 per cent since March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 900-square-foot condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Ottawa

The average home price in the nation's capital has increased by 0.2 per cent from March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 2,300-square-foot, two-storey detached home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Thunder Bay

What $440K gets you: A 1,536-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.


Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown

What $440K gets you: A 3,496-square-foot detached house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Summerside

What $440K gets you: A 2,840-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an attached garage is listed at $399,900.


Quebec

The province's average price has increased by 2.5 per cent since March 2014.

Montreal    

Greater Montreal's average price has increased by 0.5 per cent from March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 931-square-foot duplex with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Quebec City

What $440K gets you: A two-storey, 2,072-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and an in-ground swimming pool.


Saskatchewan

The prairie province's average price has decreased by 3.8 per cent from March 2014.

Saskatoon

The average price is down 0.2 per cent from March 2014.

What $440K gets you: A 1,132-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached garage.

Regina          

In the last year, Regina's average has dropped by four per cent.

What $440K gets you: A 1,678-square-foot, two-storey detached home with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a deck and a detached garage.


Yukon

The territory's average price has decreased by 6.4 per cent since March 2014.

Whitehorse

What $440K gets you: A 1,968-square-foot detached home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a patio.

Dawson City

What $440K gets you: A 2,040-square-foot detached home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms is listed for $334,000, well below the average Canadian home price.