Spring Traditions are Here in the Atlanta Housing Market

Pollen isn’t the only indicator spring has arrived. The traditional spring upturn of the housing industry has struck. Median home prices, closed transactions and average days on the market are all moving in positive directions – even if inventory continues to be sparse in the area – to bring the Cal-Culator to 7.1 for March. Continue reading

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Homeowners: Go Green This Earth Day

With Earth Day fast approaching on April 22, now is a great time to begin thinking about “going green,” or even greener, with your home. Regardless of whether you live in a condominium or an expansive home with a lot of acreage, there are plenty of affordable ways to leave a greener footprint while being a good steward of our planet’s resources, all while saving you money in the long run. Continue reading

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Americans Weigh In: What is the “Ideal Residence?”

In recent years, especially in Atlanta and to the interest of millennials, there has been a shift in what many consider the ideal residence. With a renewed focus on the convenience of walkability within urban life and a shift away from suburban sprawl, has suburban life taken a back seat to the growing popularity of urbanization? Despite the lure and convenience of city living suburbia still reigns, according to the National Association of Realtors. Continue reading

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Atlanta Housing Dips Slightly in February

Despite having an extra day to capitalize on productivity in February, the Atlanta housing market dipped slightly last month due to declines in home sales and housing confidence, though inventory levels and home prices have shown improvements. As a result, the Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, dropped marginally from 7.0 to 6.9. Continue reading

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The Effects of Subprime Mortgage Shouldn’t Be Forgotten

With a recovering economy and a newly vibrant housing market, we are beginning to see more data and articles referencing, and sometimes heralding, the revival of subprime mortgages. Mortgage industry stewards would do well by having longer memories. There is a reason prudent risk assessment and the “5 Cs of credit” warn against subprime mortgages.  Continue reading

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Atlanta’s Housing Industry Off to a Great Start in 2016

As we kick off 2016, we’ve learned a couple of things. First, spring is on its way thanks to the absence of Punxsutawney’s shadow, and second, the housing industry is off to a great start. The Cal-Culator – Atlanta’s residential real estate index – improved 0.2 to start the year off at a 7.0 due to robust home prices, increased down payments and phenomenal homes sales. Continue reading

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On the Fence About Purchasing a Home – Now What?

Along with new promising resolutions of becoming physically fit, spending more time with the family and ramping up work performance, one of your resolutions may be to take the plunge into homeownership and bid your final farewell to your landlord. If you’re on the fence, it’s important to recognize that in addition to reaping the significant tax and financial benefits associated with homeownership, studies reveal owning a home may actually be good for your health. Continue reading

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How Did 2015 End for the Atlanta Housing Industry?

The Atlanta housing industry ended the year on a more sluggish note than expected. The Cal-Culator, Atlanta’s residential real estate index, remained stagnant at 6.9 for October and November, then took a slight dip to 6.8 in December. Tight inventory, home sales and a variety of other housing indicators were factors in the end-of-year decline. Although inventory was tight and the index was relatively flat, we did see a consumer, builder and Realtor shift to licensed service oriented mortgage providers. Continue reading

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Five New Year’s Resolutions Every Housing Professional Should Make

Fewer trips to fast food restaurants, more time spent at the gym and calling your grandmother more often are typical New Year’s resolutions people often make. While health and family are of utmost importance, what if you resolved to also make 2016 your most successful year in business? Continue reading

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The Atlanta Housing Index Ends 2015 on a Sluggish Note

Once again, stagnation strikes the U.S. housing industry as even National Mortgage Professional magazine reported the “latest housing and mortgage data from industry and federal sources presented a strange picture, with encouraging and discouraging news presented together in the same breath.” The November Cal-Culator, the last index to be written in 2015, will remain yet another month at 6.9. Continue reading

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