This article has been updated to reflect the latest trends in the Atlanta real estate market in 2021. Metro Atlanta housing market has experienced a smooth recovery by far. Despite unemployment and uncertainty, the greater Atlanta residential real estate market performed extremely well during 2020. Home prices were through the roof in 2020 and the pace of appreciation seems to continue in 2021. The median price of a home sold last month in the 11-county area was $360,000. This price is 1.4 percent less than the previous month and 17.6 percent higher than Aug 2020's median price, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association.
Record-low interest rates and are enticing buyers into the market and giving them more buying power. Even as home values continue to rise, low mortgage rates give buyers more buying power. It's not only low-interest rates pushing up prices to record highs. A lack of homes for sale is a big part of it too. 2021 will be defined by low-interest rates and low inventory, a perfect storm that will continue to push home prices higher. Overall, the Metro Atlanta housing market remains competitive, although not as fiercely so as it was a few months ago. A year ago, metro Atlanta's supply matched a historically low 1.8 months – and it has continued to decrease. By May 2021, inventories represented only one month of supply. However, in August 2021, this increased to 1.3 months. That is still very low, but the shift in the housing supply trend was quite substantial.
How Did The Atlanta Real Estate Market Begin in 2021?
Despite the pandemic, January 2021 home sales were 4,421, a 1.0 percent rise over the previous year. Even as sales increase, the market is restricted by the continuous decline in available inventory, which was cut to 1.2 months supply in January. According to the Atlanta Realtors Association, the inventory of houses for sale in metro Atlanta decreased to 1.2 months. That was about 5 months shorter than what is considered a balanced real estate market.
The median home price in metro Atlanta hit $390,000 in January 2021, an increase of 17.9% from last year. These factors should continue to put upward pressure on sales prices over the next few months. The Atlanta housing market is expected to see one of the country's steepest rises in home prices next year, according to the 2021 housing forecast from Realtor.com. The forecast shows a growth of 6.7% in 2021, compared to a 5.7% increase nationally — putting metro Atlanta in the 20 markets expected to experience the huge home price increases.
Atlanta Housing Market Trends 2021 (Most Recent)
Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA) released its August 2021 Market Trends on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Atlanta Realtors Association report covers Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Fayette, Henry, and Paulding counties and is compiled by First Multiple Listing Service. Here are the key houisng statistics.
Housing Demand: In August 2021, residential sales were at 7,284, a decrease of 5.7% from the previous year. The number of homes sold in August ranged from 926 in DeKalb County to 1,809 in Fulton County. Considering the impact of the pandemic and the continuation of work from home culture, there could be more home sales in suburban areas than in big cities.
Home Prices: High demand is met with low inventory and a constrained housing market, driving a sustained upward trend in Atlanta home prices. The result is that the average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in August was $360,000, an increase of 17.6% from last August. The average sales price was $428,000, up 14.6% from the previous year. Among Atlanta’s largest counties, median sales prices ranged from $350,000 in Gwinnett & DeKalb to $400,000 in Fulton. Metro Atlanta house prices continued to rise, but an increasing inventory may make it less of a seller's market in the coming months.
Housing Supply: The metro Atlanta housing market has been leaning in favor of sellers for several years, and the shortage of homes has been even more acute during this pandemic. Housing inventory in the Atlanta area totaled 9,205 units in Aug, a decrease of 29.8% from Aug 2020. New listings totaled 8,753, down 3.6% from August 2020 and down 7.1% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 1.3 months, which means sellers still cannot meet buyer demand. Experts consider the market balanced when the number of listings is equal to about six months of sales.
Listing Prices: Realtor.com's August 2021 report shows Atlanta is a seller's real estate market, which means that more people are looking to buy than there are homes available. Home prices have been surging largely because of limited supply and fierce competition for available homes. The median list price of homes in Atlanta City was $393K, trending up 12.3% year-over-year while the median sale price was $347,500. The median listing price per square foot was $251. Sale-to-List Price Ratio: 100%, which means that Homes in Atlanta, GA sold for approximately the asking price on average in June.
Ideally, a buyer would prefer a sale to list price ratio that’s closer to 90% while a seller would always prefer scenarios that can yield a ratio of 100% or higher. There are 206 neighborhoods in and around Atlanta, GA where Realtor.com has listings. Lenox Park has a median listing price of $865K, making it the most expensive neighborhood. Centennial Hill is the most affordable neighborhood, with a median listing price of $277.5K.
Fulton County is home to 16 cities, including Georgia's Capital City, Atlanta. In August 2021, the median list price of homes in Fulton County, GA was $399.9K, trending up 9.6% year-over-year. The median listing price per square foot was $219. The median sale price was $380K. Homes in Fulton County, GA also sold for approximately the asking price on average in August 2021.
Atlanta Rental Housing Trends
About 50% of the households in Atlanta, GA are renter-occupied. Atlanta rent prices plunged during the most severe period of the coronavirus outbreak when much of the city’s economy was locked down. It is supposed to have ended eight years of steady rent growth in the Atlanta housing market. Average rents were down 2.2% from March through May for the entire metro Atlanta market. The declines were sharpest in areas of Buckhead, Lindbergh, and Emory, Midtown but the suburban markets did not suffer much.
But the latest market reports show a fast pace recovery from the effects of the pandemic. According to Realpage.com's analysis, there's been a record apartment demand in Atlanta. In fact, the whole Georgia market claimed the nation’s top spot for apartment demand. Atlanta’s 3rd quarter demand tally of 9,008 units accounted for 87% of the market’s annual absorption in the year-ending September.
The rent prices are up whether you compare them annually or monthly. As of September 26, 2021, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Atlanta, GA is currently $1,705. This is a 19% increase compared to the previous year. Over the past month, the average rent for a studio apartment in Atlanta increased by 6% to $1,605. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment increased by 2% to $1,705, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment increased by 2% to $2,200.
- Two-bedroom apartments in Atlanta rent for $2,200 a month on average (a 16% increase from last year).
- Three-bedroom apartment rents average $2,350 (a 24% increase from last year).
- Four-bedroom apartment rents average $2,415 (an 18% increase from last year).
The Zumper Atlanta Metro Area Report analyzed active listings in August 2021 across 6 metro cities to show the most and least expensive cities and cities with the fastest growing rents. The Georgia one bedroom median rent was $1,192 last month. Atlanta was the most expensive city with one bedrooms priced at $1,660 while Marietta ranked as the most affordable city with one bedrooms priced at $1,290.
The Fastest Growing Cities in The Atlanta Metro Area (Year-Over-Year)
- Smyrna had the fastest growing rent, up 21.4% since this time last year.
- Alpharetta saw rent climb 19.3%, making it the second fastest growing.
- Marietta was third with rent jumping 17.3%.
The Fastest Growing Cities in The Atlanta Metro Area (Month-Over-Month)
- Alpharetta & Smyrna had the largest monthly rental growth rates, both up 5.2%.
- Decatur was second with rent climbing 5.1%.
- Marietta saw rent increase 4.9% last month, making it third.
Atlanta Real Estate Market Forecast 2021-2022
Atlanta has been one of the hottest real estate markets in the country for years. It is also one of the hottest real estate markets for investing in rental properties. Population growth has had a positive impact on the housing market in Atlanta. Nearly 285,000 people moved to Georgia in 2019, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
This migration has been made possible the state's consistent ‘best state for business' rankings. Area Development magazine named Georgia No. 1 for business – for seven straight years (2014-20). Nine out of 10 Fortune 500 companies have operations in Georgia – and 18 of these have made Georgia their world headquarters.
Much of this migration is driven by the strong business environment in Atlanta and the relative affordability of the city. Its robust knowledge-based economic ecosystem attracts new talent to the city. The net migration has led to an ever-increasing demand for housing in Atlanta which cannot be met with the current pace of the new construction.
The Atlanta housing market has a housing shortage which will continue to contribute to increasing prices. Atlanta home prices on average are less expensive than the national average. Despite being below the national average, Atlanta home prices have more than doubled since 2012, and are projected to continue increasing.
Let us look at the price trends recorded by Zillow over the past few years. Atlanta has a track record of being one of the best long-term real estate investments in the U.S. Since Sep 2011, the Atlanta Metro home values have appreciated by nearly 131.6% — Zillow Home Value Index.
ZHVI represents the whole housing stock and not just the homes that list or sell in a given month. The typical home value of homes in Atlanta metro is currently $308,095. It indicates that 50 percent of all housing stock in the area is worth more than $308,095 and 50 percent is worth less (adjusting for seasonal fluctuations). In Sep 2020, the typical value of homes in Atlanta was around $256,000. Atlanta home values have gone up 21.5% over the last twelve months.
NeighborhoodScout.com's data also shows that Atlanta real estate appreciated by nearly 83% over the last ten years. Its annual appreciation rate has been averaging at 6.23%. This figure puts it in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. During the latest twelve months, the Atlanta appreciation rate was nearly 6.02%, and in the latest quarter, the appreciation rate was 1.96%. If it remains steady, it annualizes to a rate of 8.06%.
Here is Zillow's home price forecast for Atlanta, Fulton County, and Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The forecast is until August of 2022 and you can expect to see very strong home price gains in this region. It is going to be a strong seller's market that will be much more stable than the unpredictable trends experienced this year.
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Metro home values have gone up 21.5% over the past year and the latest forecast is that they will rise by 16.8% over the next twelve months.
- This figure corroborates with Realtor.com's forecast, which also predicts that home prices in this region are expected to grow steadily in the next twelve months
- Atlanta City home values have gone up 14% (current = $346,087) over the past year and will continue to rise at a lower pace in the next twelve months.
- Fulton County home values have gone up 15.8% (current = $370,939) over the past year and will continue to rise at a lower pace in the next twelve months.
- Sandy Springs home values have gone up 13.3% (current = $585,069) over the past year and will continue to rise at a lower pace in the next twelve months.
Here is the visual representation of how home prices have grown from 2011 and their forecast (in the green area) until Aug 2022.
Is Atlanta is going to remain a seller's real estate market in 2021?
These numbers can be positive or negative depending on which side of the fence you are — Buyer or Seller? While many have lost jobs, making them ineligible for a home mortgage, some sellers have taken their homes off the market. The decrease in the number of active listings indicates that new sellers are still not willing to put their homes on the market until the pandemic or its threat is completely over.
At the same time, the industry is adapting to the current environment by conducting business using technologies such as virtual showings and e-signing to help buyers and sellers with their housing needs in the face of these challenges. While some economic activity will resume as the state gradually reopens, the housing market is expected to remain sluggish for the next couple of months until the economy opens up completely. Sellers, brokers, and homebuyers seem to be adjusting to restrictions imposed on the real estate industry because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The constraint on available inventory and a decline in new listings is keeping the Atlanta real estate market skewed to sellers. Atlanta and the entire metro area market is so hot that it cannot shift to a complete buyer’s real estate market, for the long term. The Atlanta real estate market benefits from a large and robust economy.
According to the data insights provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Atlanta metro area was the tenth-largest in the U.S. and among the top 20-largest in the world (as of 2020). The housing demand in Atlanta is still high across the 11-county metro area. To counter the effects of this ongoing crisis, FED did an emergency rate cut which put rates at their lowest level in the last 50-year span.
The low-interest rates are already leading to an increase in mortgage applications. Buyers looking for this opportunity to invest or buy a house. Low-interest rates coupled with Atlanta’s solid job market could be a boon for the local real estate market even in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Keeping aside the short-term effects of Covid-19 which would hopefully end, the Atlanta housing market is strong. There are no signs of weakness in the Atlanta real estate prices.
In a balanced real estate market, it would take about five to six months for the supply to dwindle to zero. In terms of months of supply, Atlanta can become a buyer’s real estate market if the supply increases to more than five months of inventory. And that’s not going to happen. This housing market is skewed to sellers due to a persistent imbalance in supply and demand.
Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, timing your local market is an important part of real estate investment. For buyers in Atlanta, the mortgage rates are at their lowest. So they should take advantage of scooping up their favorite deals which otherwise are taken away by seasoned investors in the bidding wars.
Please do not make any real estate or financial decisions based solely on the information found within this article. Real estate market forecasts given in this article are just an educated guess and should not be considered financial advice. Many variables could potentially impact the value of a home in Atlanta in 2021 (or any other market) and some of these variables are impossible to predict in advance. Real estate prices are deeply cyclical and much of it is dependent on factors you can’t control.
Impact of COVID-19 on The Atlanta Housing Market
We shall now do a quick recap of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Atlanta housing market. With social distancing becoming a way of life across the country, Atlanta’s tourism industry has taken a considerable hit in light of this deadly pandemic. Many big events like the NCAA basketball tournament were canceled to avoid the spreading of infection among huge crowds. The local businesses are feeling the brunt of the outbreak, too. The economy is bound to be hit in the short term. However, Atlanta's housing market showed a quick recovery.
The single-family residential housing market in metro Atlanta got impacted by the pandemic with home sales plummeting from April onward. There was a significant reduction of 25.8% in sales for April as compared to last year's numbers. According to the latest report from Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), residential sales continued to decrease in May as well.
The housing market in Atlanta experienced a 25.8% decline in sales for April as compared to last year. New listings dropped by 32.2% compared to April 2019. April's new listings decreased more than 18% compared to March's new listings as sellers decided to back out in this crisis. Housing inventory in the metro Atlanta area housing market decreased by 13.4% from April 2019. In Fulton County, there were 744 units sold in April at a median price of $405,000 and an average price of $506,000.
Total home sales in May in the 11 counties of metro Atlanta dropped by 37%. The drop in May was steeper than the 25.8% decrease recorded in April. The median sales price in May was $291,000, an increase of 0.3% from last May. The average sales price was $351,000, down 0.6% from the previous year's average of $353,000. As you can see the Atlanta housing prices are holding strong with hardly any decline due to the ongoing pandemic. However, compared to last month (April), the median sales price dropped by 3.6% and the average price dropped by 3.3%.
|May residential sales were at 4,085, a decrease of 36.8% from the previous year.|
|Average and median sales prices continue to gain traction and outpace 2019’s figures, with positive gains.|
|The median sales price in May was $291,000, an increase of 0.3% from last May.|
|The average sales price was $351,000, down -0.6% from the previous year.|
|Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 11,313 units in May, a decrease of 23.7% from May 2019.|
|New listings totaled 3,915, down 35.8% from May 2019 and up 5.4% from the previous month.|
|The month’s supply over 12 months decreased to 2.3 months.|
Metro Atlanta Housing Statistics
|Total Home Sales||4,085||4,297||-4.90%|
|Median Sales Price||$291,000||$302,000||-3.60%|
|Average Sales Price||$351,000||$363,000||-3.30%|
While Atlanta housing prices remain almost steady as compared to last year, the decline in sales reflects the impact of the shelter-in-place order that Metro Atlanta residents had to follow.
Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS) has released its market recap for August 2020. The following numbers reflect all residential listings sold in the 29 county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It compares the 29-county metro area's housing metrics from August 2020 with August 2019. This information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
|Atlanta MSA Housing Market Trends||Aug-20||Jul-20||Change|
|Total Residential Units Sold||9,617||10,251||-6.59%|
|Median Residential Sales Price||$275,000||$273,825||0.43%|
|Average Residential Sales Price||$335,661||$328,400||2.16%|
|Active Residential Listings||14,641||15,442||-5.47%|
|Residential Inventory||1.91 Months||2.03 Months||-6.44%|
|Atlanta MSA Housing Market Trends||Aug-20||Aug-19||Change|
|Total Residential Units Sold||9,617||8,770||8.81%|
|Median Residential Sales Price||$275,000||$243,000||11.64%|
|Average Residential Sales Price||$335,661||$293,064||12.69%|
|Active Residential Listings||14,641||22,469||-53.47%|
|Residential Inventory||1.91 Months||2.96 Months||-54.88%|
Residential Units Sold – 2016 – Present
***The most recent housing data has already been discussed above***
Is Atlanta real estate overvalued? Let’s talk a bit about Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. Atlanta is a minimally walkable city in Fulton County with a population of approximately 419,590 people. Atlanta has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing units. According to Neighborhoodscout.com, a real estate data provider, one and two-bedroom large apartment complexes are the most common housing units in Atlanta.
Other types of housing that are prevalent in Atlanta include single-family detached homes, duplexes, rowhouses, and homes converted to apartments. The Atlanta real estate market has had steady growth over the past several years that make it a great place to live as well as invest in. Located in the state of Georgia, the city of Atlanta is a hotspot for any type of real estate investing. It is a city with an incredible amount of upside.
The cost of living in Atlanta is reasonable when compared to other big cities like Los Angeles or New York. Everybody loves the low cost of living in Atlanta but the students especially appreciate it making it one of the top rental markets in the United States. This factor alone draws young professionals priced out of those pricier markets.
If you are a savvy investor, you must be aware of the fact that Atlanta real estate has a record of being one of the best long-term investments in the nation. As an investor, you can buy a fully renovated turnkey rental property in Atlanta. It would be the best option for novice real estate investors looking for a steady rental income. Atlanta is a favorite place to live in for millennials who prefer renting over owning.
In the last five years, Atlanta’s job growth averaged 2.3 percent annually, outpacing the national average of 1.6 percent. The attractive cost of living and a multitude of jobs in various industries has made Atlanta one of the hottest residential and labor markets in the country. It continues to grow in terms of population and employment. The population of Atlanta is predicted to reach 8 million by 2040, according to a survey conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
This will further increase rental demand in Atlanta. Atlanta is Georgia’s capital and economic center. It is considered one of the 10 most productive states that contribute to the USA’s GDP annually. As the city continues to go through an economic boom, prices of turnkey properties in Atlanta are forecasted to increase in the following years. People will want to beat out the competition and purchase soon if they’re looking to develop a successful career, surrounded by a diverse community, especially for today’s youth.
Atlanta has shown promising population growth and employment, which are two signs of a healthy real estate market. In the Atlanta metropolitan area, the leisure and hospitality industry had the largest employment gain from October 2018 to October 2019, up 14,700, or 4.9 percent. Local job gains occurred primarily in the food services and drinking places subsector (+11,400). Nationwide, employment in the leisure and hospitality industry rose 2.3 percent over the year.
Top Reasons To Invest In The Atlanta Real Estate Market?
Let’s take a look at some of the best suburbs in Atlanta that you might want to consider looking into. Here are the best neighborhoods in Atlanta, which have an overall Niche grade of A or A+ from Niche.com. We’ll be taking a look at some of the important details of these neighborhoods of Atlanta: from population to crime rates to average real estate prices. If you want to buy a house or an Atlanta rental property for sale, then this list of some of the best suburbs in Atlanta is for you. It may help you in selecting the best and safest neighborhoods in Atlanta for your next investment property.
Buckhead Heights, Atlanta, GA
The urban neighborhood of Buckhead Heights has a population of roughly 2,130 people. Residents have been ranked as A, based on ethnic and economic diversity, with many of its residents having bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The average resident earns approximately $93,009. However, the cost of living falls into a grade of B. There are at least 23 public schools that serve this neighborhood; three having ranked as A-. They are the Smith Elementary School, and the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School for Elementary, and Middle school.
Public education is given the grade of B. Crime rates are pretty low in this area as it is given the grade of B. In the category of violent crimes, only 47 cases of robberies are reported per year. Unfortunately, the Buckhead Heights neighborhood has some property crime cases. The median value of the homes in this neighborhood is $296,500 and the median rent is $1,809. About 59% of the residents like to rent in this neighborhood.
Hanover West, Atlanta, GA
Located in the northern part of Atlanta, Hanover West was deemed the #1 best neighborhood in the city by neighborhood and school-rating website Niche. With a population of roughly 2,930 people, most residents appear to be young adults with bachelor’s degrees. Regarding ethnic and economic diversity, Niche.com rates Hanover West at a grade of B. Moreover, Hanover West Atlanta has been considered to be one of the safest neighborhoods, with few to no recorded violent crimes in the past year. On average, Hanover West has seen 63 burglary and theft incidents per 100,000 residents.
With about 13% of its population being children, there are about 23 public schools around the area. School ratings average at a B, with the best performing public schools being the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Its middle school campus is ranked #1 as the best charter school in Georgia. The median value of homes in this neighborhood is around $298,736, while rent prices are approximately $1,190. These rates are considerably worth more when compared to the national average home value and rent prices which are $184,700 and $949, respectively.
Collier Hills North, Atlanta, GA
The lovely neighborhood of Collier Hill North has a population of 3,561 and has a grade of A- regarding ethnic and economic diversity. The median household income of this area is calculated to be $68, 569, and approximately 36% of residents have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Niche.com gave public school education a grade of B-. Of the 23 public schools in this area, two are graded A-. Additionally, Collier Hills North is one of the safest neighborhoods on this list as it is given a grade of A+.
There are no reported violent crimes in the area, and only an average of 52 petty crimes are committed under the theft and burglary category. The cost of living is known to have a grade of B-. The median home value in Collier Hills is $715,177. Collier Hills' home values have gone up 2.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.3% within the next year. The median cost of rent is approximately $1,289, higher than the national average of $949. Most residents have chosen to buy their homes, instead of rent. Collier Hills is one of the best suburbs to invest in the Atlanta real estate market.
Brookwood, Atlanta, GA
A more extensive neighborhood, Brookwood Atlanta consists of 6,046 people with children compromising 5% of the total population. 48% of its residents are noted to obtain bachelor’s degrees. Regarding median household income, residents of Brookwood earn an outstanding $74,057 annually. It has a grade of A for ethnic and economic diversity. On the other hand, the grade of public school education in this area is a B-. However, among the 26 schools that serve this area, five public schools have a class of at least A.
The Grady High school, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School of both the Elementary and Middle school campuses receive a grade of A. The Inman Middle School and Springdale Elementary School both received a grade of A-. Brookwood Atlanta has been given a grade of A- regarding crime and safety. In terms of violent crimes, 19 cases of robbery are estimated to occur per 100,000 in a year. However, Brookwood has many instances of petty crimes in its neighborhood.
Despite these grades, Brookwood Atlanta has a median home value of $349,879 and a median rent of $1,432. Given those estimates, it is not a surprise to find that 61% of its resident choose to rent their homes whereas only 39% own their houses. Due to the high population of renters, the Brookwood neighborhood is a great choice to invest in Atlanta rental properties.
Cross Creek, Atlanta, GA
Cross Creek's neighborhood has located near the Atlanta Memorial Park, with a population of approximately 2,143 residents. In the past year, the website Niche.com has rated it as one of the best places for millennials in the Atlanta area. The neighborhood boasts a high diversity rating based on ethnicity and economic status. Most residents appear to be young adults and adults up to 30 years old with bachelor’s degrees. Only 9% of its population is children.
Cross Creek was given a crime & safety rating of B by Niche.com. Per 100,000 residents, there have been some violent crimes, although all below the national average. As for its motor vehicle theft cases, the neighborhood appears to have a higher-than-average count of 511 cases, compared to the national average of 263.
That being said, Cross Creek housing was given a rating of A-, with its median home value being estimated at $192,795. while the median rent is $1,369. Surprisingly, statistics show that homeowners and renters are split in the area at exactly 50% for both. It is also considered to be a good place to live in Atlanta. Investing in Atlanta rental properties in this neighborhood would be a good investment decision.
Hills Park, Atlanta, GA
Hills Park is another good neighborhood of Atlanta with a population of approximately 54,152. Similar to the other neighborhoods, most of the residents in Hills Park Atlanta have obtained a bachelor’s degree, having a percentage of 45%. White-Collar employment amounts to 86.47 %. The median household income of this area is $47,918. Public school education is given a rank of B-, with 30 public schools serve this area. Among these selections, four schools are given a grade of A- and above.
Grade High School has the highest rank regarding the quality of education with a degree of A. The three remaining schools receive an A-. Hills Park is rated B+ on crime and safety. Only 84 cases of robbery are reported per 100,000 residents in one year. However, a considerable number of petty crimes occur in this area, the majority of them falling under the category of theft.
Nonetheless, it is known as a safe neighborhood among folks. Hills Park Atlanta has a median home value of $305,162. and the median rental price of homes in this area is $1,526. Even so, the majority of residents choose to own their homes. 52% of its residents own their homes, while 48% are renting them. Hills Park is one of the best places for living in Atlanta and can be chosen for investing in rental properties.
Midtown Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta is the second-largest business district in the city of Atlanta, situated between the commercial and financial districts of Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. Midtown is home to some of Atlanta's priciest apartments. It is a large area of Atlanta immediately north of Downtown with many sites and activities. The skyscraper district aligns with Peachtree Street. To the east of Peachtree Street is Piedmont Park, and to the west are Atlantic Station and the Georgia Tech campus area. With a population of 22, 539, the neighborhood of Midtown Atlanta is the largest in terms of population.
Only 5% of the total population are children. Like the other neighborhoods, people with a bachelor’s degree are the largest among education levels, consisting of 38% of the population. The middle-class household income in this area is $74,194, which is considerably lower compared to the other neighborhoods. Ethic and economic diversity are graded A. Public school education receives a grade of B-. 28 public schools serve this neighborhood, and six of them have been given a grade of A- and higher. Grady High School boasts the highest grade received, which is A. The remaining schools all receive A-.
Unfortunately, Midtown Atlanta has a low score on the crime and safety portion. With a grade of C, the neighborhood has a lot of recorded violent and property crimes. Nonetheless, residents claim that Midtown is the “pulse of the city”, highlighting that living here is a great experience. Likewise, it gained a high rating in the nightlife category. With these ratings, the median home value of this Midtown Atlanta is at $355,944 and the median rental price is $1,444. 55% of its population chose to rent their homes, while the remaining 44% own them. According to Zillow, Midtown Atlanta's home values have gone up 2.4% over the past year. Therefore, Midtown can be considered for investing in Atlanta rental properties.
Candler Park, Atlanta, GA
Candler Park is a city park located at 585 Candler Park Drive NE, in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Wikipedia, it is named after Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler, who donated this land to the city in 1922. Candler Park Atlanta is another large neighborhood regarding population. According to Point2homes.com, the total population of this neighborhood is 19,652. Similar to the other neighborhoods, public school education in this Candler Park Atlanta has a score of B from Niche.com. Among 26 public schools that serve this area, six of them have a rating of at least A-.
Grady High School has a grade of A, making it the highest quality public school in the area. The other schools are graded with a score of A. Regarding crime and safety, Candler Park Atlanta fares as well as Midtown. It has a grade of C+ and many recorded cases of violent and property crimes. A review indicated that in the case of reported criminal activity, police officers are quick to respond. Its median home value is the second-highest on the list, which is estimated to be $450,226. On the other hand, the median rent in this area amounts to $1,222.
The median household income is $100,885. The majority of the residents own their houses, consisting of 60% of the population. The remaining 40% choose to rent their homes. Given the fact that Candler Park is ranked among the best places to live and raise a family in Atlanta, we recommend this neighborhood for investing in rental properties for the long term. According to Zillow, Candler Park home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year.
North Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
North Buckhead Atlanta is a neighborhood in the Buckhead district, at the northern edge of the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of Atlanta's most affluent neighborhoods. North Buckhead Atlanta is also the second-largest neighborhood in terms of population. It has a population of 10,848, according to Point2homes.com. Despite its large community, it has a grade of A- regarding ethnic and economic diversity on Niche.com.
North Buckhead is an uptown commercial and residential district of Atlanta, Georgia. It mostly consists of large single-family homes that are situated among dense forests and rolling hills. As far as crime is considered, much of Buckhead is considered to be safe, except for the Lindbergh neighborhood.
North Buckhead Atlanta has a higher score on the portion of public school education quality. With a grade of B, 35 public schools serve this area. Though only six of them have a rating of A-. These schools are Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, The Main Street Lower Academy, Riverwood International Charter School, Smith Elementary School, and Jackson Elementary School. The crime and safety portion has a bit lower score of B-. The area has numerous reported cases of violent and property crimes.
Nonetheless, reviewers describe the region as a “truly great place to live, work, and play.” North Buckhead Atlanta has the highest median home value on the list with $588,242. The median rent price is $1,474. The median household income of people in this area is $134,673. Even so, 53% own their homes while 47% rent them. That's almost half of the total population. North Buckhead home values have gone up 0.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -2.3% within the next year. Although the home prices are quite high, this neighborhood is currently a buyer's market and this is the right time to invest in a property.
North Springs, Atlanta, GA
North Springs is a quiet neighborhood and has amazing proximity to everything you could want. It is located in the famous city of Sandy Springs which is the most expensive neighborhood in Atlanta. It is a city in northern Fulton County, Georgia, United States, and part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Both The North Springs and Sandy Springs Stations were opened on December 16, 2000, as part of MARTA's most recent expansion, adding two more stations north of the Dunwoody Station.
The market temperature is neutral at the moment. It is a balanced real estate market. The median home value in Sandy Springs is $512,458. Sandy Springs home values have gone up 2.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -2.0% within the next year. The median household income is around $84,000 and a40% of the population like to rent a house in this neighborhood of Atlanta.
Purchasing the best investment properties in Atlanta appears to be on the pricier end. However, this is because you’re also purchasing other positive aspects of the estate such as security, and community diversity. You’re paying for quality real estate in Atlanta when you decide to buy investment properties in the neighborhoods listed above. One disadvantage may come from families looking for premier schools for their children. Most of the schools surrounding the neighborhoods listed in this article are given ratings of B on Niche.com. Considerably, it may be a not so good decision for parents who want their children to attend the best schools in the country.
That being said, Atlanta appears to be a wise choice of city for the youth. In many of the above-mentioned neighborhoods, their residents seem to be young adults, based on their educational attainment. Likewise, Atlanta has come to be a bustling economic center. This is an advantage for people looking to begin or improve their careers. Good cash flow from Atlanta rental property means the investment is, needless to say, profitable. On the other hand, a bad cash flow means you won’t have money on hand to repay your debt. Therefore, finding a good Atlanta real estate investment opportunity would be key to your success.
When looking for real estate investment opportunities in Atlanta or anywhere in the country, the generally accepted standard is to purchase a property that will give you a modest but minimum 1% profit on your investment. An example would be: at $120,000 mortgage or investment cost, $1200 per month rental. That would be the ideal equation for example. Even with rent increases, buying a $500,000 investment property in Atlanta is not going to get you $5000 per month on rent.
When looking for the best real estate investments in Atlanta, you should focus on neighborhoods with relatively high population density and employment growth. Both of them translate into high demand for housing. If housing supply meets housing demand, real estate investors should not miss the opportunity since entry prices of homes remain affordable. The neighborhoods in Atlanta must be safe to live in and should have a low crime rate.
The neighborhoods should be close to basic amenities, public services, schools, and shopping malls. A cheaper neighborhood in Atlanta might not be the best place to live in. A cheaper neighborhood should be determined by these factors – Overall Cost Of Living, Rent To Income Ratio, and Median Home Value To Income Ratio. It depends on how much you are looking to spend and if you are wanting smaller investment properties or larger deals in Class A neighborhoods.
Atlanta, Georgia Real Estate Investment Opportunities
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Georgia's real estate market is a great place to invest in real estate. You can also invest in Savannah real estate market. Savannah, Georgia is separated from South Carolina by the namesake Savannah River. This means the Savannah housing market includes quite a few people living in South Carolina. The Savannah real estate market includes roughly 350,000 people. This makes it the third-largest metropolitan area in Georgia. If you take the de facto suburbs on the Carolina side, these small towns put half a million people in the larger Savannah metro area.
Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama. All of these states have some of the best real estate markets where you can buy rental properties.
Charlotte is one such place that we would recommend. Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. The city proper is home to more than 800,000 people. The Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area is even larger – home to roughly two and a half million people.
It is one of the country’s fastest-growing metro areas, and it was the second fastest-growing city in the southeastern United States. Buying real estate in Charlotte is a good investment, depending upon several factors.
There are so many major companies and professional sporting events that people will always be interested in residing here. Therefore, interested investors aren't likely to allow the listing prices to get too low before they swoop in and take advantage.
On the west of GA is the state of Alabama. Birmingham, Al has seen an upward trend in terms of its population growth. One factor that has led to this increase is its rich nature of mountainous ridges and a good share of physical scenery.
Since its year of discovery, the city has been an educational center of the state of Alabama and has been the favorite destination of many educational aspirants who come here to seek the careers of their choice. Hundreds of schools have been set up in the city of Birmingham and several top-notch universities.
The city's ever-growing population shows a need for real estate investments and developments for the good of the new growing population. There are several good reasons to invest in Birmingham properties.
Let us know which real estate markets in the United States you consider best for real estate investing!
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