North Fulton County (Roswell, GA and Alpharetta, GA) Housing Market Review

The most common questions I am asked are: Is the market getting any better and is activity picking up?

The problem in providing an answer is that is really depends on the day you ask.  Over the last 12 months, there really hasn’t been any consistent trend in the market.  Some weeks see lots of activity and interest while others have no activity.  It has been this lack of consistency that has made this such a difficult market.

Positive News

Interest rates continue to be low (in the high 4%/low 5% range) and the $8000 federal tax credit for first time buyers and $1800 Georgia state tax credit for all buyers are good until the end of November.  In fact, houses are probably the most affordable they’ve ever been.  And, if you’re a home buyer, it’s still a buyer’s market.

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Roswell-Alpharetta, Georgia Housing Market Review

The most common questions I am asked are: Is the market getting any better and is activity picking up?  The problem in providing an answer is that is really depends on the day you ask.  Over the last 6 – 9 months, there really has been any consistent trend in the market.  Some weeks see lots of activity and interest while others have no activity.  It has been this lack of consistency that has made this such a difficult market.

On the positive side, we have low interest rates, an $8000 federal tax credit for first time buyers, an $1800 Georgia state tax credit for all buyers and a buyer’s market.  On the negative side, high unemployment, low consumer confidence and a credit crunch have kept buyers from jumping back into the market.

To get a clear picture of the Roswell/Alpharetta market, I have broken down the sales trends for 2006 through April 2009.  The chart below shows the trends for Roswell and Alpharetta, Georgia (Fulton County only) combined.

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2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence Announced

2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence

2008 Georgia Schools of Excellence

26 schools from across the state were selected a Georgia Schools of Excellence. The schools are chosen from each congressional district and honored in one of two categories: Top 10% and Greatest Gains. Only one school per district may be selected for each category.

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