Ontario residents expect higher home prices, steady mortgage rates over
the next year
TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - While a majority of Ontarians (86 per
cent) do not expect to buy a home in the next two years, almost as many
(83 per cent) feel that a home or condo is a good investment, according
to the 20th Annual RBC Homeownership Poll.
Given current housing prices and economic conditions, more than half of
Ontarians (52 per cent) say it makes more sense to buy now, while 48
per cent prefer to wait until next year. Additionally, more Ontarians
(43 per cent) describe the current market as balanced, than think it's
a buyer's market (31 per cent). The remaining 26 per cent of Ontario
residents described the current market in favour of sellers.
"After a period of historic price and housing demand increases, it seems
Ontarians have shifted to a mixed view of the market, which may affect
some purchase decisions this year," said Maria Bosnjak, Regional Vice
President, Mortgage Specialists. "The good news is that Ontarians have
a high degree of confidence about owning real estate and are looking
for expert advice to steer them through."
The poll found that almost half of Ontarians surveyed (48 per cent)
expect home prices to be higher at this time next year, while nearly
one-third (31 per cent) believe house prices will stay the same and
one-in-five (21 per cent) think home prices will fall.
Key Ontario highlights:
Ontario residents are narrowly divided regarding the path of mortgage
interest rates: 49 per cent expect them to be the same as they are
today at this time next year, while 46 per cent expect higher rates.
Almost three-in-four of Ontarians say that the housing market in their
community is overpriced (73 per cent).
More than three-in-four Ontario residents believe that recent government
changes to mortgages will impact or delay people getting into the
market (76 per cent).
Nationally, four-in-10 Canadians (40 per cent) planning to enter the housing
market over the next two years will be first-time homebuyers. The
majority of Canadians are taking a wait-and-see approach to home
purchases, with 15 per cent likely to buy in the next two years, down
from 27 per cent last year. The 12-percentage-point drop is the biggest
year-over-year fall in overall buying intention as tracked by this
Regional highlights for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Quebec and Atlantic Canada are also available.
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About the 20th Annual RBC Home Ownership Poll
RBC is the largest residential mortgage lender in Canada. As the
country's number one source of financial advice on homeownership, RBC
conducts consumer surveys as one way to provide insight to Canadians
about the marketplace in which they live.
These are some of the findings of an RBC poll conducted by Ipsos Reid
between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8, 2013. The online survey is based on a
randomly selected representative sample of 3,005 adult Canadians. With
a representative sample of this size, the results are considered
accurate to within ±3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what
they would have been had the entire adult Canadian population been
polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other
sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically
weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition
reflects that of the actual Canadian population according to the 2011
For further information:
Mark Hamill, RBC Communications, 416-974-3900
Ka Yan Ng, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-974-1794