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Overview of Metro Atlanta Real Estate Market Report - Q4 2012

Atlanta Real Estate Quarterly Market StatisticsOverview of Metro Atlanta Real Estate Market Report - Q4 2012

The Metro Atlanta Real Estate Market Report showed another market shift is occurring. During 4Q 2012 we saw confirmation of a change from a market driven down by Distressed Property sales, to one driven up by reduced supply. This caused a fundamental change in the psychology of the market from a “Buyer’s Market” to a “Seller’s Market” environment. The results are that many of our usual market measurements have turned in the direction of market recovery. Significant positive changes occurred in most statistical categories.

However, even as these improvements were taking place, the percentage of distressed property sales remained high (39.4%) and the number of Active listings continued to fall. These conditions should also be considered by sellers when setting listing prices. Continued distressed property sales maintain a dampening effect on seller flexibility by their use as comparables in property price evaluations.

With our uncertain economy, short term housing market improvements should still be viewed cautiously. A sharp increase in the number of Active listings or distressed property inventory, or a decrease in sales, could expose the fragile nature of this improvement. But for now at least, Sellers should find less pressure during contract negotiations and Buyers will see a more competitive market with fewer sellers willing to accept low-price offers.
4Q Summary of Atlanta Real Estate Market
  • The 4Q 2012 market has shifted toward recovery. “Seller’s Market” supply levels have overcome the effects of Distressed Properties on many of our measures of market condition.
  • Indicators of an improving market were in evidence, such as a higher median sales price (+26.3%), increased sales (+10.6% YTD), lower median DOM (78, -27.1%), and much lower (-43%) supply of active listings.
  • A deterrent to full market recovery continues, however, with a significant distressed properties percentage of both Sales (39.4%) and currently Active listings (18.8%) that can cause buyers to seek those lower-priced alternatives when distressed properties appear to be a better value.
  • The low (1.7 months) inventory of distressed properties has likely increased competition among buyers, forcing prices higher, S/L ratios higher, DOM lower and fewer listings failing to sell.
  • It is difficult to know whether or not this will attract more people to list properties now which could alter the supply/demand relationship at a time when seasonal factors usually cause lower demand. If so, that could result in another reversal of many of these positive 4Q 2012 market characteristics.
  • Another dampening factor could result if financial institutions release more distressed properties to the market.

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