Welcome to the Spring Home Buying Season: Luxury Home Market Update - Atlanta Realtor Jess Cooke Scarborough
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Welcome to the Spring Home Buying Season: Luxury Home Market Update

Welcome to the Spring Home Buying Season: Luxury Home Market Update

Happy Spring, y’all! I just love the hope and promise of this time of year as we see the trees budding and spring bulbs blooming. Of course, in the housing market thoughts turn toward the peak home buying and selling season. Are you preparing for a move this year? If so, you may be interested to see how the Atlanta Luxury Home Market shaping up so far this year to help you make wise choices when it comes to your next move. Here’s what I’m seeing:

Housing market is strong in Atlanta.

So far this year, we’ve seen about 144 homes sell for $1 million and up (You can take a look at them HERE), with another 25 under contract (view them HERE), as of the publishing of this article.. Inventory has still been a little tight; however, it seems that the luxury market is leveling out a bit. The pendulum may be swinging toward buyers’ favor slightly.

Speaking of buyers, they’re looking for value.

Buyers are holding out for value, if the home is priced right, it’s selling; but they’re not going for homes over-priced. If you are listing your home, be sure that it’s priced right. For some guidance, take a look at my recent post on Pricing Right for some valuable tips. It also pays to have a plan for negotiations and what you’re willing to bring to the table or concede during your sale. As a practicing real estate attorney and Realtor® I’m happy to offer any advice or assistance. 😉

Still time to beat the rush.

Want to time the market? Beat the rush of competition? The good news is, it’s not too late! The peak season is upon us but we’re early yet, competition for homes is still at early-year levels. But if you’re ready to make a move, whether that means listing or buying, let’s get moving! Beginning the process now allows you to have more options and better, more serious buyers. I’m happy to work with you to accomplish your real estate goals for this year.

I often have clients and friends ask me if now is a good time to sell their home and upgrade to their next one with the tax law changes, rising mortgage rates, tight housing market. The answer is unequivocally, yes, it’s a great time! The facts are that the economy and job market here in Atlanta are great, the tax laws didn’t change much as far as your home purchase or sale goes; and mortgage rates are still historically low. The average mortgage rate over the last 45 years is near 8.5% for a 30-year fixed rate loan and current rates are hovering near 4.45% (according to Freddie Mac).

Here in Atlanta we’re looking forward to a healthy Q2 of 2018; so if you’d like to see how you can capitalize on this market, feel free to reach out, I’m happy to explore your options and see how we can help you achieve your real estate goals in 2018!

~Jess

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