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Brace Yourself for Higher Home Loan Interest Rates in 2017

Historically low interest rates have finally begun to rise in recent months, and they are expected to continue this climb. How will this affect your real estate selling endeavors in 2017?

Steady incline
Housing and economy experts concur rates are not likely to go back down. Uber-low rates are in the rear view, with 30-year fixed-rates expected to stay in the 4-5% range by year’s end. A rise to 4.5% is expected, with the worst-case scenario knocking at the door of 5%. This is expected to reduce home sales over the course of the year by about 200,000 homes.

Buyer blowback
As rates climb, buyers may feel pressure to act. At a certain point, their home ownership dream will be stretched to the breaking point, but we aren’t there yet. At today’s rental rates, mortgage rates would have to be in the 7-10% range to equate rental costs.

Cooling “hot” markets
In expensive markets (LA, NYC, Miami) interest rates will push out buyers already struggling to afford homes, even with historically low rates.

Rate lock
Real estate selling may also be stymied, as sellers will effectively be “rate locked” into homes with no incentive to move, slowing the existing-home market and leaving homeowners to renovate existing spaces over higher interest rate new home loans.

Extenuating circumstances
Also playing a role: Income levels, which could stave off a decline so long as stronger economic development continues. The Fed raising short-term rates is also up in the air, as Trump’s inauguration, political appointments, and policy changes take their toll. The Fed raising rates won’t necessarily translate into higher mortgages for buyers – but it will add pressure, especially if they start raising rates aggressively and into early next year. Expect volatility in the next few months as the new President settles in.

How will the economic and political climate effect real estate selling in 2017? Properties Online has the forecast for success.

2016 Real Estate Trends: The Move Towards Online Real Estate

Has 2016 Delivered on the Projected Commercial Real Estate Trends?

Trends are emerging that will disrupt “business as usual” in the commercial real estate market. Dropped your crystal ball? No worries – we’ll fill you in…

Time’s they are a changin’ – redefining this market segment and plotting a new course:

• More general development
In this sixth year of recovery, office, industrial, hotel and residential development are expected to grow as the economy shapes-up, interest rates increase, and access to financing widens.

• Retail stalls, warehouses boom
As e-commerce continues to change the landscape with faster delivery options and the rise of online shopping/in-store pickups.

• Autonomous vehicles and car sharing
Could transform real estate markets – and parking situations. This includes drones and driverless vehicle technology.

• Flexibility is key
The process of identifying space to meet consumer needs (variable schedules, shifting calendars, shared space) will be accelerated due to high demand. Real estate owners should be looking to form partnerships with these shared providers.

• Multi-tasking environments will be in huge demand
Places where people can work/live/play 24/7 – on-site and without the 30+ minute commute. And this re-urbanization is underway globally.

• Rising capital investments
As institutional investors strive to take advantage of these changes and boost portfolios. Mergers/acquisitions will rise, and REITs could go private through buyouts.

• Customer migration to online real estate shopping, sales, and more
Tenants/customers looking for better, faster service will rely on the Internet for more data access (i.e.: who has the space they’re looking for at the best price), as well as the streamlining of property operations (hint: controlling heating and air conditioning systems/costs are only the beginning). Real estate owners must start investigating ways these evolving technologies can improve interactions with tenants and customers now if they want to ensure future success.

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