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Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief: September 2021

October 19, 2021

September Highlights

Demand: September residential sales were at 6,671, a decrease of 10.1% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in September was $359,000, an increase of 15.8% from last September. The average sales price was $429,500, up 14.5% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 9,202 units in September, a decrease of 27.8% from September 2020. New listings totaled 7,998, down 8.4% from September 2020 and down 8.9% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 1.3 months.

A Word from 2021 Atlanta REALTORS® President Cynthia Lippert: 

“As September brings the third quarter of 2021 to a close, we’ve observed the first sustained decline in sales volume since tracking began on the metric in 2015. While prices continue to steadily increase, holding at 14% for August and September, inventory simply cannot keep up. On that front, inventory appears to finally be stabilizing, hovering consistently at just over a month of supply through the summer, though still dramatically under-pacing to demand,“ stated Cynthia Lippert, 2021 President of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association.

“The standout factor among seasonal patterns, however, is prices, which are steadily increasing without signs of slowing down anytime soon,” says Lippert in reference to the average home price increasing by 14% from 2020, and the median home price increasing by 17%”.

“Anecdotally speaking, the market is beginning to shift slightly,” says Lippert. “While declines in sales volume are likely to be mostly due to the lack of inventory, a slight cooling of the meteoric price increases we saw in early summer (14% increase in median home price for August and September vs. nearly 30% in May) indicate that buyers may be pulling back. They’re either priced out or deciding to wait it out.” Either way, Lippert stressed that a decline in prices seems unlikely in the near future because of the sustained inventory shortage and interest rates remaining low. “The low rates may entice buyers, but it’s also keeping potential sellers in place, and homes off the market.” And as buyers opt out of the market, whether temporarily or long term, potential sellers may feel the shift more in the cooler months.

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The data in this report was compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month's report, please contact the Association at 404.250.0051.

About the PBOR Market Brief

The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR)  Market Brief is compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month's report, please contact the Board at 770.866.1397.

*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

About the Paulding Board of REALTORS®

The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR) has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in Paulding County, Georgia for more than a decade. PBOR serves as a central source of information for its members, with mainly focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing REALTORS® members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community.

About First Multiple Listing Service

First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) is the premier data services provider for real estate professionals in Georgia. FMLS was founded in 1957 by a group of Brokers who wanted to share their listings and connect buyers and sellers.  Today FMLS is the largest MLS in Georgia & the 4th largest MLS in the United States, serving nearly 54,000 real estate Agents & Brokers.  For additional information or to start a discussion about how to partner with FMLS please contact

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