BREXIT: What’s the FIXIT for U.S. Home Buyers and Sellers?


The most immediate impact of Brexit will be on mortgage interest rates. Interest rates have remained at historic lows for the last several years. Contrary to what many experts believed, rates have remained low throughout the first half of 2016.

Possible impact of Brexit on mortgage rates?

In a recent article, the Washington Post explained:

“Brexit has spawned the recent bout of volatility in global financial markets. That has anxious investors scurrying for safety — and few assets are safer than U.S. Treasuries. High demand for government debt pulls down interest rates.

That all translates into ultra-low mortgage rates for American households. And with Britain voting for Brexit, they could go even lower.”

However, the lower rates caused by Brexit may be short lived as Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin pointed out in a recent post:

“While the departure of the UK from the European Union has driven down the 10-year bond, and thus mortgage rates, we expect them to rebound later in the year as uncertainty over the economic consequences of the departure lifts.”

Bottom Line

Rates are already at historic lows. The UK’s exit from the EU almost certainly guarantees they will remain low (and possibly go lower) over the next few months. If you were thinking of buying your first home or trading up to the house of your dreams, this may be the time to act. The cost of money may never be better for a potential buyer.

For our market here in southwest Florida the BREXIT vote may have an unexpected up side.  Our market has been quiet this summer and we have a lot of sellers anxious to get offers on their properties. naples-pier-380x252With interest rates trending lower a buyer can afford more home than they could a couple of weeks ago and with the added benefit of lower home prices, this might be the summer to buy!!  Call me now so we can discuss your options and see how much mortgage you qualify for.

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and lower interest rates!

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