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First Asset REIT Income Fund Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid for Units

TORONTO, December 30, 2009 - First Asset REIT Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX: "RIT.UN") announced today acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") of the Fund's Notice of Intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "NCIB").

Pursuant to the NCIB, the Fund proposes to purchase through the facilities of the TSX, from time to time, if it is considered advisable, up to 873,095 Units of the Fund, representing approximately 10% of the public float which is the same number as the Fund's issued and outstanding Units, being 8,730,956 Units as of the date hereof. The Fund will not purchase in any given 30-day period, in the aggregate, more than 174,619 Units, being 2% of the issued and outstanding Units as of the date hereof. Purchases of Units under the NCIB may commence on January 2, 2010. The Board of Directors of First Asset Funds Inc., the manager of the Fund, believes that such purchases are in the best interests of the Fund and are a desirable use of the Fund's funds. All purchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with its rules and policies. All Units purchased by the Fund pursuant to the NCIB will not be cancelled and will be held for resale. The NCIB will expire on January 1, 2011.

On December 30, 2008, the Fund announced that it was making a Normal Course Issuer Bid, which commenced January 2, 2009, to purchase up to 969,930 Units through the facilities of the TSX. Under the bid, which expires on January 1, 2010, as at the date hereof, an aggregate of 15,800 Units were repurchased at an average price of $6.57 per Unit including commissions.

For further information, please contact Rob MacNiven, Investor Relations, First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com