Atlantic Canadians think now is the time to buy a house , but few indicate they will: RBC Poll

Atlantic Canadians think now is the time to buy a house , but few indicate 
they will: RBC Poll 
Majority say it makes sense to buy a house now, but fewer indicate they will 
HALIFAX, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Given current housing prices and economic 
conditions, Atlantic Canadians are the most likely in the country to say it 
makes sense to buy now (64 per cent), rather than wait until next year (36 per 
cent), according to the 20(th) Annual RBC Home Ownership Poll. 
Despite this sentiment, residents of Atlantic Canada are also among the least 
likely to buy a home in the next two years, with 91 per cent indicating that 
they are unlikely to buy in the short-term. Confidence in the investment value 
of a home remains high in Atlantic Canada (81 per cent), just below the 
overall Canadian sentiment (84 per cent). 
"The poll shows a complex mix of factors affecting home-buying decisions in 
Atlantic Canada. Although Atlantic Canadians are the most optimistic about 
current conditions, they are also among the least likely to act on it right 
now," said Derek Rose, Sales Manager, Atlantic Canada. "That could mean 
pent-up demand for next year as buyers take a more cautious approach and look 
for the right property. Getting expert advice from mortgage and real estate 
professionals now, to plan for the future will help potential buyers to move 
quickly when they are ready." 
Key regional highlights: 

    --  More than half of Atlantic Canadians (51 per cent) expect
        mortgage rates to be the same this time next year as they are
        today, while 4-in-10 (42 per cent) think they will be higher.
        (National: 49 and 43 per cent, respectively)
    --  Close to half of Atlantic Canadians (46 per cent) expect
        housing prices will be higher at this time next year, and
        slightly fewer think home prices will be the same as they are
        today (38 per cent). (National: 43 and 33 per cent,
    --  Eight-in-10 Atlantic Canadian residents (79 per cent) say
        recent government changes will impact or delay people getting
        into the market. (National: 75 per cent)
    --  44 per cent of Atlantic Canadians believe it's a buyer's
        market, while 37 per cent described the market as balanced.
        (National: 35 and 40 per cent, respectively)Almost one-in-five
        (19 per cent) said it was a seller's market (national: 25 per

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 annualpoll.

Regional highlights for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 
Ontario, and Quebec are also available.

About RBC's Home Ownership Advice
Canadians can visit the RBC Advice Centre, an online resource to help 
Canadians understand all facets of homeownership. Through advice videos, 
articles, and online calculators, Canadians can learn about buying their first 
home, planning their next move, or renovating. With more than 1,400 RBC 
mortgage specialists across the country, Canadians have access to free, 
no-obligation professional advice about RBC mortgage products and services.

About the 20(th) 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 Census 

Lori Smith, RBC Communications, 902-421-8121 Ka Yan Ng, RBC Corporate 
Communications, 416-974-1794


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