What is a Postal Code? | Real Estate Definition

By November 20, 2011 TERM
What is a Postal Code? - Real Estate Definition

What is a Postal Code?

A postal code is a part of an address that is usually used by Canada Post for directing mail but is also an excellent tool for verifying addresses. It is made up of six characters in the format letter-number-letter number-letter- number. An example of a postal code would be the postal code for City Hall in Edmonton at 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square is T5J 2R7. The first three characters designate an area in Edmonton and the last three designate the specific block where the address is located. Postal codes for any address can be looked up here on the Canada Post website.

Real Estate Agent Explains Postal Codes

Although not every address has its own unique postal code, the code does narrow down the address to allow for double checking locations and addresses.

In Alberta, all postal codes start with the letter ‘T’ and the postal codes that are used in Edmonton have the ‘forward sorting area’ codes with the characters:>

T5A T5L T6A T6P
T5B T5P T6B T6R
T5C T5R T6C T6T
T5E T5S T6E T6V
T5G T5T T6G T6W
T5H T5V T6H T6X
T5J T5W T6J
T5K T5X T6K
T5L T5Y T6L
T5M T5Z T6M
T5N T6N

These first three characters tell us the general area where the address is located and are useful in getting a general idea of where an address is in Edmonton.

Why Does It Matter?

Postal codes are important for the verification of addresses when properties are listed for sale. Even though postal codes are usually used for directing the mail to a certain address, they have become important in mapping addresses of houses online and especially on the MLS® System (publicly available at realtor.ca), which real estate agents use to search and advertise homes for sale.


by +Alan F Macdonald REALTOR® | Copyright © – gimme-shelter.com

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Alan F Macdonald is a real estate agent with Maxwell Challenge Realty in Edmonton, Alberta.

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