Atlanta, Georgia Real Estate Information
With the southeast being among the fastest growth areas in the county, Atlanta is leading the way with its many amenities, strong job growth, and lower cost of living than many comparable areas of the country. Consequently, the Atlanta real estate market remains relatively strong.
When looking for a home make sure you find a website that allows for searching of BOTH of Atlanta's listing services (Georgia MLS and FMLS). Some websites will trick you into only having user entered listings from their small network of users (or worse, just that agent or office), while others will boast of a large quantity of listings neglecting to inform you that it's a national and not local number, and still others will only feature one of these two major services... but if you want COMPLETE results then it doesn't hurt you to find a site that features both for your Atlanta house hunting needs. These property listing services currently feature approximately 60,000 available real estate property listings each (although there is overlap) in and around Atlanta, GA!
Real Estate Consumer Tips
- Use a real estate professional. Unless you're already knowledgeable with respect to real estate then it will usually benefit you in the long run to seek professional assistance. Trained real estate professionals are required to stay current on a myriad of things that will affect property purchases. Their knowledge and expertise may help to steer you away from a bad purchase or in negotiating a better price / amenities as part of the contract. And no, we don't get paid to say (or type) that. Sure there are bad real estate professionals out there... do find someone you're comfortable with and not just the first agent that comes along... but do seek professional help.
- Make sure your real estate professional has their own website with the ability to search all area property listings on it (this is called IDX). If not then you know they're probably not up to par when it comes to technology without looking any further (although this alone doesn't mean they are technically savvy). This could translate to them not being as connected in finding properties from other sources, finding information about properties that you're interested in, and worse... not being able to do the best job possible in marketing your property if you're selling. Move along and find someone that is technology savvy.
- If you are looking to buy a property then USE their website. If it's "IDX" or "VOW" enabled then it's got all of your area's property listings on it. Save gas... save time... and get an idea of the listings you want to see before hopping in your real estate professional's car.
- Note that some real estate professionals are Realtors® and others are not. What does that mean? A Realtor is simply someone that is a member of the NAR® or National Association of Realtors® which is an organization that looks out for the interests of the real estate profession (and not necessarily the interests of the consumer). As a consumer it's really neither good nor bad to be working with a Realtor®... it's basically a club. I could debate both sides of whether it's important to have an agent that is a Realtor®, but understand that your local government will also have mandatory licensing requirements and the Realtor® designation in and of itself does not mean much.
Atlanta continues to benefit from strong growth having hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996, recently adding the Georgia Aquarium (the largest of its kind), and then opening the new World of Coke Museum in May of 2007. Atlanta is also located for the ideal getaway weekend... with the scenic mountains to the north, the Georgia Coast only 4 hours to the southeast, and Orlando and the magic of Disney World a manageable 7 hour drive to the south.
Atlanta Area Attractions
Centennial Olympic Park
The Georgia Aquarium
The New World of Coke