Even If Real Estate Prices Go Down......Interest Rates May Go UP

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Works Temecula BRE No: 01233850

This information came straight from Fox Business, and in this article it states very clearly that "Even if real estate prices go down, interest rates may go up", which will nullify any gain you would hope to obtain from any price decrease.  No one can predict the market and waiting could be the worst thing an investor can do.  

Other real estate "Investment 101" bullet points:

  • No one knows where the bottom of the market is until it is on the way back up.  
  • Go for the long haul - Rarely do people increase their wealth by owning property for short periods of time.
  • All investments fluctuate in value over time.
  • Long-term investing in cash flow-producing assets like real estate is the way to go.
  • In the long run, say 10 years down the road it won't matter that there were price fluctuations in prior years, it's the overall equity that investors earn their equity.
  • Don't be concerned about waiting until prices inch down a few percentage points, as stated because if interest rates go up from where they are then the wait was not beneficial.

  • Buy a property to live in as your personal residence and change it to a rental.  Owner occupants can get better financing and can put down a smaller down payment if needed.  Moving out in a year or two into another personal residence that can become a rental property a couple of years later.  

Jane Grant is a licensed Real Estate Broker in California, DRE 01109492








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Juli Vosmik
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

Jane, based on your Temecula CA real estate market reports, your area, like so many, appears to be on the upward trend as to values.  The only thing we know for sure about the current real estate market is that mortgage interest rates are still at their lowest in history.  Did we reach the "bottom" of the values in real estate?  In many areas, it's a strong possibility, based on the current statistics, low inventory and very quick marketing times.  

April 24, 2012 02:52 PM
Kathleen Daniels
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822

Jane, That is so true.  Those buyers sitting on the fence waiting for the perfect moment to make their purchase may only end up paying more than what they think they might save by waiting. 

April 24, 2012 06:28 PM
Charles Stallions
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

It interest rates would take a bounce it would probably make buyers start jumping off the fence.

April 24, 2012 07:21 PM
Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

Jane, GREAT information, and surely this interest rate cannot stay this low for much longer!   I think that is why we are having a buying frenzy in Denver right now!

April 25, 2012 06:13 AM
Greg Cook
Mortgage Consultant NMLS ID# 283159
Platinum Home Mortgage

Great points Jane, the focus on short term prices is creating a generation of real estate speculators not investors.

Real estate has always been (well almost always) considered a long term investment and the interest rate has more impact on long term cost than purchase price.

If you need proof, see how much interest is paid over the course of a 30 year loan and it's at least double the principal balance.

April 25, 2012 11:48 AM
Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

We sure have had a long run with these super low interest rates, and you just know they can only go up.

April 25, 2012 08:09 PM
Sidney Kutchuk
Temecula Short Sale Specialist | 951-217-6745
Temecula short sale specialist at Realty Works Temecula,CA

If we have not yet hit bottom we are very close to it here in Temecula CA. BUY NOW!

April 25, 2012 09:38 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
The C Team
Keller Williams Legacy

Jane, That is great information!  Great post and important for buyers to understand! 

April 26, 2012 09:29 PM
Cindy Edwards
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
RE/MAX Checkmate

Hi Jane,

I just stopped over to your facebook page as well, that's how I ended up here.  Great blog, great information.  I hope you're okay that I'm going to share this with my facebook as well.

April 28, 2012 03:50 AM
Fred Griffin, Tallahassee Real Estate Broker. Buyer Brokerage and Flat Fee MLS
Tallahassee Florida Real Estate: Call 850-339-4861
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker

"No one knows where the bottom of the market is until it is on the way back up." 

    What a great statement - and when people realize that we are at the bottom, there will be a Buying Frenzy.

April 28, 2012 07:12 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

Great post, Jane.  Suggested as there is so much sound advice here.  Yes, it seems that the interest rates have a much larger impact than the home price changing a bit.

April 29, 2012 02:52 AM
Donne Knudsen
CalState Realty Services
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA

Jane - YEP!!! That is an absolute given.  While we (Realtors & MLOs) may not know what the market will be like in a year, we do know that rates will rise.  It is absolutely inevitable.  Waiting to buy when you can afford to buy now is just a bad business decision.  JMHO  :)

May 01, 2012 09:49 AM
Sharon Parisi
Dallas Homes
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

Jane, you speak words of wisdom and experience!  The bottom line is that if the circumstances and numbers work for individual buyers, it is a great time to purchase!

May 02, 2012 01:36 PM
Teri Eckholm
Acreage & Lakeshore REALTOR Minneapolis St Paul
REMAX Specialists

Jane--I love your points. Good information to share. Bottomline...no one can time the market!

May 02, 2012 02:00 PM
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