The profit amounted to four cents per diluted share for the three-month period ended March 31, compared with a penny per diluted share in the prior year.
The residential land and housing company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Thursday its quarterly revenue was $171 million, compared with $132 million for the same period in 2012.
"We continued to gain momentum in the first quarter of 2013," said president and chief executive Alan Norris in a statement.
Sales in our Canadian operations remained robust and we ended the quarter with a strong backlog. In our U.S. operations, first-quarter backlog and net new home orders were significantly higher than a year ago, reflecting the continued recovery in the U.S. housing market."
Shares in the company, which were briefly halted Thursday, were up $1.03 to $24.69 in mid-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Brookfield Residential said it anticipates higher income before taxes for the year, compared with 2012 and expects to open 16 new communities this year.
It said the variability in quarter-to-quarter revenue is based on the timing of the homebuilding season, which typically sees more orders in the start of a year, and higher revenues in the latter half.
"With demand increasing and supply remaining constrained in many U.S. markets we are seeing increased price pressure and anticipate that the remainder of the year will continue to be strong," Norris said.