This Week in Atlanta Real Estate: BeltLine expansions and the politics of real estate

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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From train extensions to the death of a storied piece of technology, this week provided plenty of fodder for real estate agents:

•Mortgage rates are now at their lowest level in more than two months, with the 30-year FRM down to just 3.42 percent, according to Freddie Mac.

•How is the BeltLine’s westside trail progressing? Curbed Atlanta presents some photos.

•It truly is the end of an era – BlackBerry, whose cell phones were once ubiquitous among real estate agents and other members of the business community, will no longer make its own phones.

•The politics of real estate – where are Democrats and Republicans most common in Metro Atlanta? The results of a recent test are very interesting.

•Pending home sales fell to their lowest level since the start of the year, with NAR blaming low inventory levels for the softening contract activity.