Monday, December 5, 2016

The Crystal Ball is Hard to Read

If we all knew what was going to happen in the economy before it happened, we'd all be very wealthy.  As it is, people are wondering what will happen in the Trump Era.  For real estate, it should be a good thing, since he is, after all, a real estate developer himself.  We know that he's planning to cut taxes in certain ways, and he hopes to speed up the construction of infrastructure.  Against that, there is the possibility that he will eliminate or cut down the interest deduction for mortgages, or that his social policies will affect places like New Haven, which is a sanctuary city. On the whole, however, we should see some benefits for those who own and invest in real estate.

The stock market has already weighed in.  After an initial downturn, it went zooming back up, and clearly is behaving as though Trump will be good for business.  If so, real estate should have begun rising.  We can't tell what's under contract, but the lag time for closings in the commercial sector, and the length of time that a transaction takes, means that we haven't seen anything yet.   But we probably will.

Assuming that's true, the race will go to the swift.  Those that buy near the beginning of the rise will profit the most.  So, what are you waiting for?

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