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Most renters have no plans to buy a home in the near term



A recent survey by Royal LePage reveals that the majority of Canadian renters do not plan to buy a home in the near future. High home prices and interest rates are significant barriers, making it difficult for many renters to save for a down payment. The survey indicates that only 22% of renters are looking to purchase a home within the next two years.


The report also highlights that economic uncertainties, such as job stability and inflation, are contributing to renters' hesitation. Many Canadians feel that the current market conditions are not favorable for making such a significant financial commitment. As a result, a large portion of the population remains in the rental market, with some renters expecting to continue renting for the foreseeable future.


Interestingly, the survey points out regional differences in attitudes toward home buying. Renters in larger cities like Toronto and Vancouver are particularly pessimistic about their chances of purchasing a home soon due to the higher costs in these areas. In contrast, renters in smaller cities and rural areas are slightly more optimistic but still face significant financial challenges.


Royal LePage's findings suggest that the rental market will continue to be strong, as more Canadians delay homeownership. This trend underscores the need for more affordable housing options and policies that can help first-time buyers enter the market. The real estate market is closely watching these developments, as they have broad implications for future housing demand and economic stability in Canada.


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