The first real real estate question in 2012: Is this the right time to buy real estate. As a real estate agent in the Florida Keys following the real estate trends, I find that this is a great time for many to buy real estate, either residential or commercial in the Florida Keys. Per CNN Money: In 2011, real estate prices dropped about 5%. Economists forecast this trend to reverse course in 2012. It is predicted nationwide that 2012 prices will stabilize with a slight upward turn of .25%.