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Ontarians Optimistic About 2014 Real Estate Market and Economy

Homeowners, Prospective Buyers and Sellers Reveal Brightest Outlook

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/30/13 -- Ontarians seem hopeful about the provincial real estate market, according to new research conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). A third of Ontarians say the market will strengthen rather than weaken (21%) in 2014. Looking even further ahead - ten-year's time - significantly more Ontarians believe the Ontario real estate market will strengthen (50%) rather than worsen (20%), speaking to the long-term investment value of owning a home.

"The research comes on the heels of an optimistic forecast by the Canadian Real Estate Association," says Sean Simpson, vice president, Ipsos Public Affairs. "Consumers seem to be echoing a similar sentiment for the 2014 real estate market. Prospective buyers and sellers in particular are also more likely to believe the overall economy is strong, which may be why they're considering buying or selling their home in the next two years."

Two in three (65%) Ontarians who are at least somewhat likely to buy a home in the next two years believe the economy is in good shape, compared to just 53% of Ontarians overall who think the economy is 'good'. Six in ten (59%) Ontarians looking to sell in the next two years believe the economy is 'good'.

The study, the first of its kind for OREA, examined public opinion in Ontario on a variety of matters pertaining to consumer sentiment of the Ontario real estate market. The findings include:


--  Six in ten (59%) Ontarians believe the current real estate market in
    Ontario is 'favourable'. Two in ten (18%) Ontarians believe the market
    is 'not favourable'.
--  Two thirds (67%) of homeowners believe the market is 'favourable',
    compared to 47% who currently don't own a home. Ontarians who said they
    are somewhat likely to buy or sell a home in the next two years are even
    more likely to believe the market is favourable (70% and 77%,
    respectively).
--  Homeowners are more likely to believe the market has improved in the
    last year (31% stronger vs. 21% weaker), looking ahead to the next year
    (34% stronger vs. 16% weaker), and in the next ten years (55% stronger
    vs. 18% weaker). Prospective buyers and sellers are most optimistic with
    a majority saying the market will be stronger in the next year (54% and
    50%).

Regional Survey Highlights


--  Residents in the 905 area of the GTA are most likely to say their market
    is favourable (71%), followed by those living in Toronto proper (61%),
    Eastern (58%), Southwestern (54%), Northern (47%) and Central (45%)
    Ontario.
--  When looking at their local economies, the GTA (63%) and Eastern Ontario
    (54%) have the most positive outlooks, while Central (37%) and Northern
    Ontarians (42%) are most pessimistic.
--  GTA residents are most 'likely' to buy (16%) and sell (17%) a home in
    the next two years. Residents in Northern Ontario are least likely (4%)
    to buy a home in the next two years, while Central Ontarians are least
    likely to sell (5%) a home in the next two years.

To read a copy of the full Ipsos Reid factum, visit http://ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=6362.

Methodology: These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between November 4 and 7 on behalf of the Ontario Real Estate Association. For this survey, a sample of 1,517 Ontarians was interviewed via Ipsos' online panel. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/-2.9 percentage points had all adults living in Ontario been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

About the Ontario Real Estate Association: The Ontario Real Estate Association represents over 56,000 brokers and salespeople who are members of the 40 real estate boards throughout the province. OREA serves its REALTOR® members through a wide variety of professional publications, educational programs, advocacy, and other services. www.OREA.com.

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Contacts:
Ontario Real Estate Association
Katarina Markovinovic
(416) 445-9910 ext. 615
katarinam@orea.com
www.OREA.com

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