Atlanta Home Sales Slump While Supply, Price Keep Rising

by Peter Thomas Ricci

It was another month of contradictions in Atlanta’s housing market.


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Atlanta’s housing market slowed down a bit from September to October, with home sales, median sales price and average sales price all falling – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Total home sales fell 4.2 percent to 3,609, while median sales price dropped 2.3 percent to $208,000 and average sales price 0.75 percent to $263,000. On the surface, those numbers would seem to be disappointing, but we have to remember that not only is Atlanta’s market is normalizing, but it’s also autumn, and in such time periods, a normal market shows signs of a slowdown.

Yearly Trends in Atlanta Housing

The trends for Atlanta’s market are quite consistent, though, when it comes to year-over-year stats:

  • As expected, sales were down from last year, falling 2.75 percent from Oct. 2013.
  • Both median and average sales price were up, though, rising 11.2 and 8.2 percent, respectively.
  • The real surprise came in housing inventory, which at 16,172 units is up 47.9 percent from last year; in addition, there were 4,605 new listings in October, up 14.2 percent from Oct. 2013 and 3.8 percent from September.

Also, we should be clear that though sales are down across the 11-count Atlanta area, there are certainly segments of the market seeing increased levels of demand.  As Pam Gebhardt, an agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, explained to us, rising prices in some markets have shifted demand to other markets.

“Brookhaven, Decatur, Buckhead, and areas with good schools in the suburbs, like Alpharetta, Marietta and John’s Creek, you’re seeing multiple offers on the homes,” she said. “I’ve got plenty to keep me busy, in the coming months.”

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  • Dan Peak says:

    With inventory rising steadily and rates projecting to begin increasing in 2015, it could be a very interesting year in Metro Atlanta Real Estate in 2015.

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