“A lack of inventory remains a significant strain on our local housing market,” said John Rainey, vice president of Re/Max Georgia.
The biggest price jump in metro Atlanta came in Cobb, where the median price in October was 14 percent higher than in October of last year. Second biggest was Clayton County, where prices were 11 percent higher.
Inventory is measured by how many months it would take at the current pace of sales to soak up all the homes listed. The smaller the number, the more likely it is that market power has tilted toward sellers: When demand is greater than supply, prices rise.
A balanced market – with roughly equal sway for both buyers and sellers – typically means a market with inventory of six or seven months, experts say.
In October, metro Atlanta inventory was 2.8 months, according to Re/Max.
The median home price in Atlanta is still one of the more affordable among large metros – and the salary needed to buy a house is likewise modest, according to a report by HSH.com, a California-based publisher of mortgage and loan information.
The median home price in metro Atlanta is $204,000, according to HSH, which bases its calculations on data from the National Association of Realtors. That is the 14th lowest median- priced home among the top 50 metro areas and also one of the lower priced in the south.
To buy that median-priced home in metro Atlanta requires a salary of $43,388, said HSH.
The necessary salary is slightly higher in Atlanta than in Birmingham, where a salary of $40,096 is needed to buy a median-priced home, but lower than Charlotte, where $47,468 is needed.
In Dallas, a salary of $59,518 a year is needed for a median-priced home, according to HSH.
Median sales prices, October 2017
Gwinnett — $228,000
Cobb — $265,000
Fulton — $324,000
DeKalb — $235,000
Clayton — $133,000
Source: Re/Max Georgia
Metro Atlanta home sales, compared to a year ago
Number of sales: Up 1 percent
Median sales price: Up 10.3 percent
Months of supply: Down 24 percent
Source: Re/Max Georgia
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