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At the end of September, the Federal Reserve increased interest rates again this year. It was no surprise; interest rate increases have become an expectation, and will likely continue through early 2020 with an additional increase expected to come at the December meeting. While rates have increased slowly, they are now at 2.18% as of the September meeting; however, the higher rates have yet to impact investor allocations or availability of capital.

“There has been a steady increase in interest rates the last several months,” Patrick Ward, founder and president of MetroGroup Realty Finance, tells Globest.com. “The increase has not been dramatic enough to affect the allocation or availability of capital for real estate. However, it has affected the returns investors are seeking in real estate investments. We have not seen an adjustment of pricing sellers are expecting but if rates continue to increase interest rates will affect pricing. The current ten-year Treasury bill is around 3.10%. Recently, it hovered in the 2.20% range. Therefore, interest rates are up approximately 90 basis points.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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