Buying a condo in Atlanta might actually be worse than renting, the condo market has been, is and will remain a wreck in most of Atlanta. There are a few rare exceptions but the standing inventory due to years of ridiculous speculation, limited market segment of buyers interested in condos and elimination of all the nonsense loans has eviceratated a perenial weak market.
Buying and scoring a deal will be a breeze, getting out intact is when the bullet hits the bone and the hurt comes in. I say all this as an active appraiser and broker, mainly as an appraiser when it comes to precessing Atlanta condos for foreclosure and REO reasons. I'm certain that you've seen the mega auctions....? Drop me a line, I might be able to offer a few suggestions once I know more of your plans. Hope this helps
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
Prudential GA Realty