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Atlanta homes sold well over asking prices last quarter

by Liz Hughes

In what’s been a historic, frantic market, homes selling for large sums over list prices have risen sharply since January. In the second quarter, it grew even higher.

According to a new report from Zillow, 1,670 homes nationally sold for $500,000 or more over list price in the second quarter of 2021, three times more than they did in the first quarter. Homes selling for $1 million over list price doubled over the previous quarter, and the share of homes sold for 30% or more over list price rose to 1.4% in the second quarter, compared to 0.9% in the first three months of the year.

Atlanta was no exception.

In the second quarter of 2021, one home in the Atlanta market sold for $1 million or more over its initial list price, the same number as the first quarter. Four homes sold for $500,000 or more over list price, compared to three in the first three months of the year and one in the second quarter of 2019. Just 1.4% of homes sold for 30% or more above list price in the second quarter, compared to 1% in the first quarter. 

The report cites downward-trending interest rates as a major demand driver, giving homebuyers more buying power, as well as record-high home appreciation and an increase in remote-work options. 

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