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Should You Buy Real Estate Before Rates Rise? Ten Year Treasury Still Low at 2.08%.

Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

richardson front view

(bright and clean Naples park home with side lot just went on the market)

Should you buy now before rates rise? … an interesting thought.Purchase volumes in Naples real estate are relatively flat over last month (source: Matrix MLS) as buyers and sellers may start to catch up with each other in this booming market. Many buyers are eyeing relatively low rates.

Please be advised we are Realtors not financial professionals and you should consult with a financial professional when looking to borrow or invest your money.

A quick look this morning at the ten-year treasury rate shows we are at 2.03% (source: CNN Money) – up from 1.78% last month. Buyers see cheap borrowing costs. Investors see cheap money to leverage investments. Savers see cash returning very little and look to other sources of income. All of this combines into the potential for increased real estate demand.

Gerosin Image Pool

(maybe you “borrow for a view” like this Fiddler’s Creek single family home)

As a first time home buyer in 1981 I am still somewhat shocked by these historically rates.  Rates were so high back then you just do not want to know about it.

What if rates rise?  Say they rise just 1%.  An obvious mathematical computation would tell you if rates rise just 1% then for every $100,000 borrowed you are going to pay back $1,000+ MORE per year to settle the interest and start paying back principal.

Even country clubs, private schools and non-profits in Naples are taking advantage of these low rates. Well why not? Isn’t this the idea of government supported low rates? Encourage folks to borrow and spend and boost the economy? You betcha – get the economy going again by providing “cheap” money so folks can buy new things.

1520 Curlew Elevation

(maybe you borrow for this on-water brand new Key West home)

Should you be thinking about buying real estate at these low rates? When we look back on our real estate forecasts over the last couple of years we did pretty well – lower inventories, steady purchase volume and significant price increases as the Naples real estate upward cycle continued. However interest rates stayed low, very low in fact. As we said in the 2014 forecast we are Realtors not financial professionals and you should consult with a financial professional when looking at financial markets – but boy oh boy we thought rates would rise.

Now it looks like we are going to see rates stay low for a while longer. Sure the Fed could pull its support and maybe rates would rise to increase demand for bonds but who knows the timing of that one?

Reuters reported we will probably see low rates for a while in their article at U.S. consumer prices rise on shelter costs, but inflation muted. So where does that leave us in Naples real estate? Low mortgage rates is where it leaves us. Not quite the “cheap money” days of yesterday but many buyers are seeing these low mortgage rates and rising real estate prices, doing a little math and realizing real estate financial returns over these last few months have been pretty darn good. Plus you will own a place in the paradise of Naples, Florida if you write that contract.

cochrane lanai

(maybe you borrow for this wonderful lanai overlooking a common tropical garden)

Should you be buying here? Only if you find that perfect place for yourself, the one with the “wow” factor, the one you will love through the crazy ups and downs of this real estate market.

I am thinking about the offers we wrote just this past month – folks on the fence for a while and now buying, a long time resident changing up his residence, all buyers who are taking advantage of these rates.

And these are just the conventional home owners. What about the investors? Many of the “flippers” and spec home builders are very pleased with the cheap rates and the related jump in Naples real estate prices. However we may be victims of our own success as the price increases limit opportunities to make it work again. We all have a “go/no go” spreadsheet to help us sort an investment property decisions and more and more the numbers say “no” as prices rise.

1480 elevation

(some might borrow for the British West Indies look and on-water living)

Now that season is here and buyers are moving into full swing and these low rates may help fight the higher prices. Folks are buying big time even with the most recent price run up . Judging by the numbers of people, great cars, evening social events, and “save the date” emails Naples is really rolling.

Is now the time for you to buy in Naples?

I hope you have an opportunity to visit or live in Naples or Marco Island.  If you would like to know more about living here just give us a call at 239.595.3921.

Please also consider reading our book “Understanding Naples Real Estate” to get you started on a real estate search or just give us a call about things to do here.

We look forward to meeting and talking with you soon,

Mark Goebel PA, Nan Goebel PA and David Goebel, PA
Co-Founders of the Naples Best Addresses Team

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Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
REALTOR Coldwell Banker 5th Avenue South
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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