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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Athens Real Estate Market Update

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What is going on in the Greater Athens real estate market right now?

Is it a good time to buy, or a good time to sell?

If you’ve been thinking about selling, right now is the best time to sell in the last eight years. The market has risen, supply is low, and buyers are looking, which means prices are going up. In Oconee County, homes priced $350,000 and below are in a strong seller’s market. In Clarke County, homes priced $200K and below are also in a strong selling market. Buyers don’t have a lot to choose from.

If it’s a seller’s market, is now still a good time to buy? Yes! If prices continue to increase throughout the year as expected, now is the time to purchase a home before prices rise further. Of course, we don’t know what will happen next year. All we know is that right now, prices are rising. 

While average-priced homes are in a seller’s market, homes that are priced $400,000 or above are in a buyer’s market. There are plenty of homes for sale and not as many buyers because buyers are being a bit more conservative with their spending. 

This creates a perfect opportunity for the move-up buyer. If you want a home in the $400,000 to $500,000 price range, you can sell your $200,000 home in a seller’s market and purchase your new home in a buyer’s market. If you’ve been waiting to purchase that bigger dream home, now is the time!

If you have specific questions about your property or area, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!