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• Stability, defined by how long people remain in their homes and the percentage of homeowners with negative equity (when the value of the property has fallen below the outstanding balance of the mortgage)
• Risk, calculated by looking at the percentage of homes that have decreased in value
• Housing market fluidity, determined by how long a home stays on the market (generally, the longer it takes to sell then the less fluid the market)
• Affordability, quantified by the monthly cost of owning a home as a percentage of household income in each area
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Affordability accounted for 40 percent of index number, while the other three were split evenly at 20 percent each. If data for the four factors wasn’t available, the municipalities weren’t included.
Here's the breakdown for Smyrna:
Folks stay in their homes nearly 11 years. (For Georgia, that number is about 16 years.)
The average number of homes with negative equity is 13.4 percent. (Georgia: 12.6 percent)
Overall, 9.3 percent of homes are decreasing in value. (Georgia: 41.1 percent)
A home stays on the market about 75 days. (Georgia: about 156 days)
The monthly cost of owning a home as a percentage of household income is 19.8 percent. (Georgia: 26.6 percent)
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And for Mableton:
Folks stay in their homes nearly 14 years.
The average number of homes with negative equity is 18.2 percent.
Overall, 9.6 percent of homes are decreasing in value.
A home stays on the market about 55 days.
The monthly cost of owning a home as a percentage of household income is 21 percent.
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When you break down one of the four factors, it shows that three Cobb cities — Austell, Powder Springs and Kennesaw — were found to have the least risky markets statewide.
The overall Georgia number is that 41.1 percent of homes are decreasing in value. That number is 5.6 percent in Austell, 5.8 percent in Powder Springs and 7.2 percent in Kennesaw.
None of those Cobb spots were listed in last year's version of the study.
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