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For Real Estate, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Recent Midtown area condo sales plus a look at why the holiday season is ringing in a renewed real estate market.

Editor's Note: There’s not a lot to report on the Midtown condo and home sales front since last week’s rundown of recent Midtown sales. But here’s another to add to the list, plus a quintet of condo sales in nearby Brookwood, just north of Midtown. After the home sale info is a column from C. Mark Willix, a state licensed Real Estate agent who explains how he feels the holiday season is ringing in a renewed real estate market.

855 Peachtree St NE Unit 1108 Atlanta, GA 30308

  • Sold for $199,000 on Nov 14, 2012
  • 1 Bed, 1 Bath 797 Sq Ft
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

1820 Peachtree NW St 909 Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Sold for $482,900 on Nov 19, 2012
  • 2 Bed, 3 Bath 2,109 Sq Ft 2,108 Sq Ft Lot
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

1820 Peachtree NW St 1811 Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Sold for $463,500 on Nov 19, 2012
  • 2 Bed, 3 Bath 1,710 Sq Ft 1,712 Sq Ft Lot
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

1820 Peachtree NW St 1110 Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Sold for $443,000 on Nov 14, 2012
  • 2 Bed, 3 Bath 1,834 Sq Ft 1,834 Sq Ft Lot
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

1820 Peachtree NW St 602 Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Sold for $430,000 on Nov 14, 2012
  • 3 Bed, 3 Bath 2,527 Sq Ft 2,526 Sq Ft Lot
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

1820 Peachtree NW St 502 Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Sold for $400,100 on Nov 14, 2012
  • 2 Bed, 3 Bath 1,888 Sq Ft 1,886 Sq Ft Lot
  • Condo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op

 

For Real Estate, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

By C. Mark Willix

Yes friends, the holiday season is in full swing. There are presents to be wrapped, baking to be done, holiday parties filled with revelry and the joy of the season. And even with all of the hustle of post-Black Friday events the real estate market is usually expected to be slow this time of year. While we do generally see a bit of a drop in sales, this is definitely not a slow market.

2012 has been a banner year for the market recovery. Inventory levels started off strong and then began to drop at the end of the first quarter. As I've been telling you for most of the last six months, the inventory levels are spurring rising prices. While conditions still favor buyers, sellers are seeing a strong market as well. It is my opinion that this trend will continue into the near future as the shadow inventory that’s been rumored to be held by the banks has yet to materialize. I have heard the rumors that the banks will begin to release inventory slowly in January, though I do not expect a flood of properties at one time. As the economy begins to equalize and the inventory increases at a manageable rate, the market will continue the upward trend of true recovery. I’ve seen a good amount of new construction starts in the last several months, and that too is a sign of a healing market.

Of course, all of this means that buyers face stiff competition as more buyers are vying for fewer homes. For sellers, this is a great time to get into the market. My average sales price has increased approximately $20,000 in the last six months and will continue to do so as long as the inventory remains low. If you’re interested in selling, I’d recommend contacting your real estate professional to determine your options. And right now, your options are better than they’ve been in several years. I’ve personally worked with a client that purchased a home in the spring and sold the property for a profit of $25,000 in late summer. I also recently closed a transaction for a buyer where the seller held the property for one year and left the table with a $15,000 check. That’s good news for weary sellers.

After the turmoil of the great recession that began in 2008 and a very contentious political season, consumer confidence is high and the recovery is well under way. We all deserve a little holiday joy and a pat on the back for enduring the hardships that we’ve faced in recent years.  

On a personal note, I’ve been away from this column for several weeks due to a family illness. I’d like to say thank you for all the well wishes I’ve received during my hiatus. I appreciate your continued support and I look forward to all of us enjoying a happy and prosperous New Year.

See you in 2013 when I’ll continue to bring you all the latest local and regional real estate news. Season’s Greetings!

 

C. Mark Willix is affiliated with Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta. He can be reached by email at mark@idealrealestateprofessionals.com.   

doran December 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
living in a condo sux, too many shared walls, might as well rent
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Urbanist December 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Yes, I too thought that I was going to be able to buy a condo and not have to share walls with anyone.....go back to Kennesaw.

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