"Honey, you just wait... Once the market crashes, we will be getting that home for HALF OFF" 

I hear this phrase at least twice a week, especially as an agent who enjoys discussing real estate, the economy, and related topics. It's starting to sound like a broken record. I'm not here to judge, because if I didn't immerse myself in this field every waking hour of the day, researching the market and gaining hands-on knowledge, I would understand why someone might have these thoughts.

Let me start by prefacing this article. We will discuss why the market is likely to experience a downturn as we move into the winter season, the outlook for interest rates, and how they might affect the market. Additionally, we will explore the factors that could lead to…

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Brace for impact...What comes next will be surprising

Every season, after the back-to-school home shoppers leave the market, the question arises: How much demand will remain? Unfortunately, this season, many back-to-school buyers did not find their ideal homes due to a severe shortage of inventory. With mortgage rates currently staying high, which is understandable, buyers have become highly selective, often seeking turnkey homes. Sellers, unless they have a compelling reason to move, a second home, or are selling for investment purposes, are hesitant to enter the market. This actually benefits the housing market in terms of stability. The majority of homeowners have substantial equity in their properties, and the urgency to sell is low, resulting…

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The Gathering at South Forsyth will be the LARGEST Mixed-use development in the state..& Home to the New Atlanta Hockey Team?

Forsyth county has been one the fastest growing counties in the state over the past few years. Between 2000 & 2019, Forsyth grew 132% compared to the 27% population growth of all of Georgia. This has spurred developments such as Halcyon & the re-development of downtown Cumming. While that has all been exciting for residents and great for property values, this will be the biggest of them all.

This development would be one of the largest live-work-play developments our state has ever seen. Rivaling the likes of the Battery. To do so, developers plan to spends billions on the development, and over a billion building out a…

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Back in the New York GROOVE..The Spring Market is BACK, and back with NO Inventory…

 The Spring market is back in full force all across the metro. Buyers are flocking back to the opportunity to find their desired home. While demand for housing has picked up 10-fold in the past 2 months, inventory has barely blipped the radar. If anything, the availability of inventory is worse then it was 4-5 months back. Not only is inventory tighter, the level of quality inventory is that much lower. We are still finding buyers the homes they need but, it is taking longer & we are exploring other avenues such as off-market properties.

Good news is, rates have come down tremendously compared to the highs of last year. Right now many of my clients are being…

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North Atlanta Home Prices are on the Rise According to the Data.

Refer to the graph shown above

  • Alpharetta is up 16.2% Year over Year (YOY)

  • Roswell is up 16.8% YOY

  • Forsyth County is up 5% YOY

  • Cobb County is up 4.2% YOY

  • Gwinnett is up 0.6% YOY


You have most likely seen many articles that the U.S housing market is down for the first time in 11 years. This is true.

 Some items they do not touch on however:

  1. Real estate is incredibly localized. Watching national home pricing is good to do, but it won’t give you a great insight into local data. In North Atlanta, we are up anywhere from 4-16% over last year.

  2. Home prices around the nation as a whole are down 1% compared to last…

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Which “Mini-Downtown Area” Will Be The Next to BOOM!?

 Alpharetta, Milton, Marietta, and many more have seen their downtown areas skyrocket in the past 5 years. The ability for residents to live, work, and play all within the same square mile has become incredibly intriguing for those younger & nearing retirement. A great example is downtown Alpharetta. What used to be a strip of restaurants & shoppes has spiraled into a booming downtown area with 100s of millions in private & public investment. It has done so well in fact, many towns are going for the same approach.

 Take the downtown Milton area, aka “Downtown Crabapple”. This up and coming downtown area has quadrupled in size primarily in the past 3 to 4 years. The city has added their own…

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Three STUPIDEST Things To Do When Buying Your First Home!

Have you ever heard of a false prophet? … Well in real estate there are many nonsensical fallacies that are spewed around. Here are the three dumbest things that I hear about buying a home in 2023.


1. Waiting to save up 20% DOWN

In the U.S we are blessed to have many lower down payment options for home buyers. Going down to 0% on VA & USDA applicants, 3% for conventional, and 3.5% for FHA borrowers.

Many buyers who claim they will “save up 20%” unfortunately never get to that point. 20% of a median priced home in Atlanta is $72,000. Many will feel the wealth effect well before they get to 20%, spend the money on many other things and end up renting for the foreseeable future.

2.…

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Home prices are on the rise in Metro Atlanta for the month of February! 

Not a shocker to some, home prices began to rise again in February. This came after a pretty large surge in demand came in the month of January & into February. The metro Atlanta market continues to show its resiliency to the macro economic conditions. Furthermore, many sub markets in Atlantas hot suburbs have been recovering off of June 2022 lows for some time now.

Here is the data for all of Metro Atlanta:

  • Median Price: $360,000 (2.89% increase from the prior month)

  • Number of New Listings: 7,526 (9.5% decline from the prior month)

  • Pending Home Sales: 5,816 (5.8% decline from the prior month)

  • Closed Transactions: 4,757 (12.3% increase…

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Gwinnett county is leading the Metro

While the majority of counties in the state saw a large pullback in housing starts, the tap is turning on strong in Gwinnett. Leading by a large margin– starting 3147 units compared to the second highest of 2054 units in Cherokee county.

Courtesy of St. Bourke/Metrostudy.

A report in Atlanta Agent Magazine shows that out of 23 counties analyzed, 20 counties saw housing starts decline and 17 of them saw a decline in closings. This isn't a surprise as many builders pulled back after rate increases started in the middle of last year. This bearishness seems to be cooling off as home builder sentiment rose for the second month in a row. Hitting its highest level since September 2022. 

A representative at…

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Why you need to be cautious hiring a Realtor?

Real estate agents are like college english professors– everyone has one and majority of them aren't worth a darn. Within the past two years over 150,000 real estate agents joined the business. For anyone who may not know, the barrier to entry in real estate isn't all that high. Just like majority of "sales or service" style positions, 80-90% of transactions are done by the top 10-20% of agents. Matter of fact, majority of agents in the U.S close only 1 deal a year, and some don't do any. 

When picking an agent, you need somebody that knows the market inside and out. After all, that is a large reason why you hire us in the first place. It takes years of being in your market to understand trends. Are…

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