Canadians are realestate obsessed survey suggests

It is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make — our homes — and it turns out it is something we really like to talk about.According to a new survey, real estate talk is becoming a new national past time.The survey from online real estate search engine Zoocasa finds 84 per cent of Canadians think about real estate on a regular basis.“We talk about ‘did you see what sold the down street? or did you see someone renovating,’” says Zoocasa president Carolyn Beatty.“I think it very much is a way that people talk about their neighbourhoods and talk about their neighbours.”About 85 per cent of Canadians have window shopped for homes online in the past year. Only 28 per cent have set foot in an open house.The poll found that 94 per cent of Canadians say it is important for them to see information about a home or condo they are interested in online before they consider seeing it in person.Beatty says the Internet makes it easier for people to sneak a peek at what’s for sale in the neighbourhood.“It’s like being able to go in two or three minutes to three or four open houses in your neighbourhood and really get a sense of who’s renovated, who hasn’t renovated.”She says obsession may be because homes have become an extension of people’s identity and represent who they are.“People feel a very close association with their neighbourhood.”The survey also found 47 per cent of Greater Toronto Area residents describe either themselves or someone they know as real estate obsessed, compared to 34 per cent across Canada. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadians are real-estate obsessed, survey suggests real estate|toronto|zoocasa by News Staff Posted Jun 20, 2013 7:21 pm MDT

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