In this remote Canadian housing market, a mobile home can cost you more than a Toronto condo

Newcomers to Yellowknife are in for a shock when they start shopping around in the subarctic Canadian city’s housing market, say local realtors.

“I get people coming up from Toronto or out east and their head’s going to explode because they don’t understand why a mobile home costs that much,” says Molly Milligan, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Northern Bestsellers.

Because mobile and pre-fab modular homes don’t require concrete foundations — an expensive undertaking in Yellowknife as the isolated city rests atop the rocky Canadian Shield — these housing types are a popular choice.

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