Atlanta REALTORS® Releases January 2021 Statistics on Housing Market

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The Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief examines sales, prices in 11-county metro area

Atlanta, GA – RealEstateRama – Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its January 2021 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single-family residential properties.

Annual Comparison

January 2021

January 2020

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Monthly Comparison

January 2021

December 2020

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Demand: January residential sales were at 4,421, an increase of 1.0% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in January was $309,000, an increase of 17.9% from last January. The average sales price was $379,000, up 17.9% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 8,133 units in January, a decrease of 48.5% from January 2020. New listings totaled 6,679, down 19.4% from January 2020 and up 27.1% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period decreased to 1.2 months.

Largest Metro Counties Sales Comparison

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A Word from 2021 Atlanta REALTORS® President Cynthia Lippert:

“The strong year over year gains in 2020 continued into the first month of 2021 as predicted, with sales up slightly from last January,” stated Cynthia Lippert, 2021 President of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association. “Even with sales increasing, the market is constrained by the ongoing decrease in available inventory as it was further reduced in January to 1.2 months supply.”

“As the gap between supply and demand continues to widen, we should be mindful of the more pronounced effect of this trend on affordable housing and its impact on the local economy,” Lippert adds. “Average and Median prices are up almost 18% which means already low inventory levels in lower price points will continue to dwindle, putting further strain on entire segments of the market.”

The Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief is designed to offer an overview of the Atlanta residential market by providing a synopsis of sales and home prices, and covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Fayette, Henry and Paulding. The numbers in the reports are updated each month to reflect any additional recordings from the previous month. Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

For more information or details on the reports, please contact Atlanta REALTORS® at 404-250-0051.


About the ATLANTA REALTORS® Association:

The Atlanta REALTORS® is the voice of residential real estate in Metro Atlanta and has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in the state of Georgia for more than a century. As the largest REALTOR® association in Georgia, ARA serves as a central source of information for its members by focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community.  While less than 50% of active real estate licensees in Georgia meet the requirements to become REALTORS®, they constitute 80% of the top producing agents. Membership in ARA is the hallmark of quality, professionalism, and production.

About FMLS:

First Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (FMLS) is the premier data services provider for real estate professionals in Georgia. FMLS was founded by a handful of real estate brokers in Atlanta in 1957. Today, membership is growing quickly and is spreading in every direction. Currently, FMLS has over 2,300 offices and serves more than 43,000 real estate agents. The FMLS listing database contains more than 31,000 active listings located all over Georgia and the Southeast.


Atlanta REALTORS® Association

Joel McRae, Digital Marketing Specialist

Office: 404.732.0613

Reggie McCrary, Chief Executive Officer

Office:  404.732.0601

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