Atlanta real estate market update

December 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The Atlanta real estate situation is improving but not yet better, announced staff writer Michael Kanell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 13, 2009.  The article claims that “the wave of metro Atlanta foreclosures has ebbed slightly since summer, but the levels are still cresting high enough to threaten a quick economic recovery.”  In fact, some staggering numbers have actually just recently been released.  Equity Depot claims that “nearly 107,000 foreclosure notices have been filed so far this year, including 9,427 this month” in Atlanta. While the conditions have been getting better relative to previous months, year-over-year comparisons weren’t as cheery.  “The most recent numbers show filings down 1.3 percent from October and 24 percent since September’s record high, according to Barry Bramlett, president of Equity Depot. But the month’s filings were 40 percent higher than the same month last year, 80 percent above two years ago and 146 percent higher than 2006.”

Michelle Shaw, also of the Journal-Constitution reported on November 10, 2009, that “though the median sale price of an existing single-family home in metro Atlanta remains below levels reached a year ago, quarter-over-quarter improvements continue.”  By looking at the statistics, Atlanta homes for sale did quite well with the “median price rose nearly 7 percent to $129,400 over the third quarter, from July 1 to Sept. 30, from $121,400 in the three months that ended June 30.”  However, distressed sales, foreclosures and short sales – 30 percent of sales in the third quarter – continued to weigh down median home prices.

A more positive outlook was reported by Paul Donsky in the November 12, 2009 edition of the Journal-Constitution.  According to him, real estate in Atlanta is beginning to recover as foreclosed homes begin to sell.  “The inventory of new homes in metro Atlanta has shrunk to about 11,000, down 37 percent from a year earlier, according to real estate research firm Metrostudy.”  Other improvements have also been noticed.  With prices for foreclosed homes rising, “the homes that are selling are entry-level, with prices in the low to mid-$100,000s. The homes typically sell for a loss. Lately, sale prices have been about 90 percent of loan value, he said, compared with 75 percent of loan value earlier in the crisis.”

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Atlanta real estate update

October 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Because of Atlanta’s very dynamic socioeconomic and cultural position, the city has historically suffered more than many cities during times of economic trouble and recession.  This most recent economic collapse has treated Atlanta and actually all of Georgia no differently.  Atlanta real estate has suffered some pretty big hits in both the residential and commercial sectors of the city.  Paul Donsky wrote on October 16, 2009, in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that several banks have been suffering and have been grappling with bad residential real estate loans that have placed significant strains on their ways of doing business and their future economic outlooks.

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Atlanta homes for sale could be worse, though, reported Trevor Williams of the Global Atlanta.  The October 16, 2009, article claims that “Atlanta ranked number 7 in median home prices and has housing that is affordable and projected to rise in value over the next five years.”   Some of this positive economic outlook is thanks to a number of multinational corporations and global businesses that are based in the city.  These companies often times provide more steady support to their employees in tough times compared to smaller companies that often struggle significantly more during economic difficulty.  The world’s largest airline, Delta, the world’s largest beverage brand, Coca-Cola, and one of the world’s largest home improvement chains, Home Depot, are all headquartered in the city and are just some of the many big-name companies based in Atlanta.  Having these companies provide as much support to struggling employees has helped to keep the Atlanta housing market from collapsing outright and has preserved the value of much of the real estate in Atlanta.

bowen-single-family-home-smWhile big companies might shield some residents of Atlanta, Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution painted a slightly different picture in his October 13, 2009 column entitled “Empty homes a symbol of pain, economic and otherwise.”  Bookman writes that an unemployment rate above 10 percent in Georgia, foreclosures rising, and stagnant retail sales have all left a profound effect on Atlanta and the surrounding area.  The article includes the insight of economist Stan Humphries who said, “Thirty percent of foreclosures are homes in the top tier of local home values…That means that top-tier homes make up almost twice the proportion of foreclosures as they did just three years ago.”