CALGARY, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Nearly nine-in-10 Albertans (89 per
cent) surveyed say buying a house or condo is a good investment, higher
than the national average (84 percent), even as home buying intentions
have dropped from a year ago (22 per cent, compared with 31 per cent),
according to the 20th Annual RBC Homeownership Poll.
"It's no surprise that some Albertans are re-thinking their decision to
buy a home, given the regulatory changes regarding mortgage rules and
economic challenges in the past year," said Don Peard, vice-president,
Mortgage Specialists, RBC. "The good news is that the majority of Albertan homeowners are
confident in their real estate investments and their ability to manage
The poll found that 71 per cent of Alberta residents say that the
housing market in their community is overpriced, ranking as one of the
lowest in the country, and compared to the national average (73 per
cent) . Almost half of Albertans (49 per cent) feel their current
housing market is balanced, compared to the national average of 40 per
Other key Alberta highlights from the poll:
Alberta residents mostly expect mortgage rates to be higher at this time
next year (48 per cent), while 45 per cent expect them to be the same
as they are today. Few Albertans surveyed predict mortgage rates will
be lower this time next year (7 per cent).
Half of Albertans (50 per cent) see higher home prices at this time next
year, while 32 per cent believe they will be the same. One-in-five (18
per cent) say housing prices will be lower.
Three-quarters of Albertans (74 per cent) say recent government changes
will impact or delay people getting into the market, similar to the
national view (75 per cent).
"It seems that Albertans are taking stock of the current market and
weighing their options. That's why now, more than ever, Canadians need
expert advice of real estate and mortgage professionals to navigate the
complexities of the housing market," added Peard.
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, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, 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:
Jo-Ann Fraser, RBC Corporate Communications, 403-292-3372
Ka Yan Ng, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-974-1794