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Homes in DeKalb County sold for a median price of $250,000 in the last year, but there are still some ZIP codes where you can find a bargain, according to the AJC 2020 Metro Atlanta Home Sales Report.

The home sales report found that 11,830 new and existing homes sold from May 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020, in DeKalb County, according to data supplied by Smart Real Estate Data of Marietta. The median price of a home there increased 4.2 percent from the same 12-month period a year earlier.

Steep changes in year-over-year data may reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of homes listed and sold beginning in March 2020. Sales numbers taken from earlier this year show median home prices for DeKalb County rose by 1.6 percent for the 12 months ending February 29, 2020 when compared to the same 12-month period a year earlier.

The median price of homes sold in an area is considered a better reflection of what consumers will find in the marketplace. Median price indicates that half the homes were priced above and half below the midpoint. An average number can be distorted by a few wildly expensive or very inexpensive home sales.

According to the AJC 2020 Metro Atlanta Home Sales Report, these are the five most affordable ZIP codes in DeKalb County based on median sales price:

1. 30088 - $149,900

In the year that ended April 30, 2020, 365 homes sold in 30088 ZIP code, which includes parts of the following areas: Redan and Stone Mountain

The median sales price of $149,900 is an increase of 16.5 percent from the previous year.

Of all homes sold in this ZIP code for the year, the median price per square foot was $83.

2. 30038 - $155,000

In the year that ended April 30, 2020, 772 homes sold in 30038 ZIP code, which includes parts of the following area: Lithonia

The median sales price of $155,000 is an increase of 0.7 percent from the previous year.

Of all homes sold in this ZIP code for the year, the median price per square foot was $80.

3. 30288 - $155,000

In the year that ended April 30, 2020, 31 homes sold in 30288 ZIP code, which includes parts of the following area: Conley

The median sales price of $155,000 is an increase of 4.4 percent from the previous year.

Of all homes sold in this ZIP code for the year, the median price per square foot was $74.

4. 30035 - $161,500

In the year that ended April 30, 2020, 290 homes sold in 30035 ZIP code, which includes parts of the following areas: Decatur and Redan

The median sales price of $161,500 is an increase of 4.5 percent from the previous year.

Of all homes sold in this ZIP code for the year, the median price per square foot was $87.

5. 30058 - $165,000

In the year that ended April 30, 2020, 900 homes sold in 30058 ZIP code, which includes parts of the following areas: Lithonia and Redan

The median sales price of $165,000 is an increase of 10.1 percent from the previous year.

Of all homes sold in this ZIP code for the year, the median price per square foot was $83.

Around the six-county metro Atlanta area, including DeKalb, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Clayton, 71,307 homes were sold in the year ending April 30, 2020, an 1.4 percent increase from the previous year.

Since 1996, Smart Real Estate Data has been a widely regarded source for residential real estate data in the Southeast. The business provides data to builders, developers, appraisers and bankers. It now covers markets in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.

This article was generated automatically by AJC Bot, a computer software application that analyzed structured information, such as data, and applied it to text articles based on templates that were created by AJC writers and editors. An AJC editor reviewed the work before publishing. You can report errors or bugs to homesalesreport@coxinc.com. For more: How the AJC Bot was used for articles in the AJC 2020 Metro Atlanta Home Sales Report.

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