State Rep. Billy Mitchell and his wife, Shawn Evans Mitchell, purchased their home near Lithonia as a foreclosure in 2012. Residential real estate assessments rose 40 percent in Lithonia this year. Christopher Oquendo Photography
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Where is the hottest real estate in DeKalb?

Home values are booming in Lithonia, Atlanta and Clarkston, according to DeKalb County property assessment estimates for 2017.

These cities outpaced the rest of the county, where residential real estate gained nearly 8 percent in assessed value this year. Property assessments are based on recent sales to estimate market values.

The sharpest increase in home values is in the city of Lithonia, where assessments increased 40 percent since last year

In parts of Atlanta located in DeKalb — Druid Hills, Kirkwood and East Lake — residential values are up about 16 percent. Homes values increased almost 11 percent in Clarkston.

The slowest growth occurred in the cities of Tucker, Doraville and Dunwoody.

Residents whose properties gained value will have to pay higher property tax bills unless local government officials lower tax rates this summer.

Assessed value increases of residential real estate in DeKalb

Atlanta (DeKalb portion): 15.9%

Avondale: 7.9%

Brookhaven: 6.4%

Chamblee: 6.9%

Clarkston: 10.7%

Decatur: 7.6%

Doraville: 3.5%

Dunwoody: 5.9%

Lithonia: 40.2%

Pine Lake: 6.8%

Stone Mountain: 8.5%

Tucker: 2.5%

Unincorporated areas*: 7.5%

Countywide: 7.7%

Sources: DeKalb County assessment data, 2017 and 2016

Note: The figure for unincorporated areas includes the newly formed city of Stonecrest to make a fair comparison of values to 2016.

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