TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2011) - Greater Toronto REALTORS®, and the public, continue to look forward to the fulfillment of the election commitment, of Mayor Rob Ford and numerous City Councillors, to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.

"It is clear that the public expects the Mayor and City Council to move forward with the commitment to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax, and it is unlikely that they will forget about this. This is a significant tax: it costs the average Toronto home buyer almost $6,500, and when added to the Provincial Land Transfer Tax, average Toronto homebuyers face almost $14,000 in land transfer taxes. REALTORS® look forward to working with the Mayor and City Council on a reasonable approach to deliver on this promise," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Bill Johnston.

TREB has consistently opposed the Toronto Land Transfer Tax as an unfair tax that hurts Toronto's economy. TREB strongly believes that the commitment by Mayor Rob Ford, and numerous City Councillors, during and after the election campaign to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax was, and is, sensible.

"Recently, the City's Budget Chief has pointed out the budgetary challenges facing the City. REALTORS® believe that City Council is moving in the right direction by conducting a comprehensive review of City services; we also strongly believe that the commitment to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax can, and should, move forward," said Johnston.

A recent public opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs found that 75 per cent of Torontonians support Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's commitment to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.

In light of the City's Budget Chief's recent comments, the poll contained interesting results. In particular, even when asked to consider the City's expected budget shortfall, the public's support for the repeal of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax remains very strong, with 68 per cent of Torontonians believing that the Mayor should follow-through on this commitment, despite the City's budget challenges.

The poll also found that the public is paying attention to this issue: a large number of Torontonians, 61 per cent, were previously aware that Mayor Ford has committed to repeal the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.

Greater Toronto REALTORS® are passionate about their work. They are governed by a strict Code of Ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Over 31,000 TREB Members serve consumers in the Greater Toronto Area.

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