Record Mortgage Rates: Is It Time to Invest in Real Estate?

The Mortgage Rate Effect on St. Louis Real Estate Investments Mortgage Rates—Just Part of Real Estate Investing Equation……

Most people are aware of the record-setting lows St. Louis mortgage rates are chalking up right now—the kind of rates that create tempting cashflow projections for even the most conservative would-be investors. But, of course, other factors enter the decision, whether they are planning their real estate investment for their own residence or as a rental. Given the uncertainty in the economy, prospective buyers are asking themselves if now is the right time to be investing in St. Louis.

Bankrate.com, the popular investment site, just tackled that question. Its reasoned response: the answer is yes and no (but mostly, yes). “It’s hard to see such low rates and not reach for your checkbook,” was its understandable response. But even so, some time-honored qualifications remain.

The first proviso has to do with how long the investor plans to hold the property. If the answer is anything short of 5 years, transaction costs take a considerable bite out of the financial benefit—even considering the unusually attractive interest rates. For that reason, younger prospective homeowners in particular should consider if the property will accommodate a growing family. It may make sense to consider a larger property than is currently needed—particularly if these rarely-seen mortgage rates make it budgetarily sensible.

For others who are considering an investment in St. Louis as a landlord, the same considerations apply. On the other hand, for others who may be planning a “quick flip,” the unknowns in the economy could make that investment one that requires a heightened degree of caution. In most instances, though, if you are planning on holding the asset, if the cash flow projections make sense, the ‘yesses’ outweigh the ‘nos.’

With mortgage rates as attractive as those seen now, investing in St. Louis is an undeniably tempting proposition. Of course, the first step is the one that underlies all: identifying the right property. Call me today to discuss what is out there right now!