Atlanta REALTORS Releases September Statistics on Housing Market

Staff Report

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Atlanta REALTORS Association (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its September 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

  Sept 2021 Sept 2020 % Change
Total Home Sales 6,671 7,417 -10.1%
Median Sales Price $359,000 $310,000 15.8%
Average Sales Price $429,500 $375,000 14.5%

Monthly Comparison

  Sept 2021 August 2021 % Change
Total Home Sales 6,671 7,521 -11.3%
Median Sales Price $359,000 $360,000 -0.3%
Average Sales Price $429,500 $426,500 0.7%

Demand: September residential sales were at 6,671, a decrease of 10.1% from the previous year.

Price: Average and median sales prices continue to outpace 2020’s figures, with positive gains. The median sales price in September was $359,000, an increase of 15.8% from last September. The average sales price was $429,500, up 14.5% from the previous year.

Supply: Atlanta area housing inventory totaled 9,202 units in September, a decrease of 27.8% from September 2020. New listings totaled 7,998, down 8.4% from September 2020 and down 8.9% from the previous month. The month’s supply over a 12-month period increased to 1.3 months.

Largest Metro Counties Sales Comparison

  Total Units Sold Median Sales Price Average Sales Price
Cobb 1,042 $369,000 $419,000
DeKalb 896 $338,500 $408,000
Fulton 1,634 $385,000 $517,000
Gwinnett 1,351 $352,500 $389,500

A Word from 2021 Atlanta REALTORS® President Cynthia Lippert:

“As September brings the third quarter of 2021 to a close, we’ve observed the first sustained decline in sales volume since tracking began on the metric in 2015. While prices continue to steadily increase, holding at 14% for August and September, inventory simply cannot keep up. On that front, inventory appears to finally be stabilizing, hovering consistently at just over a month of supply through the summer, though still dramatically under-pacing to demand,“ stated Cynthia Lippert, 2021 President of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association.

“Anecdotally speaking, the market is beginning to shift slightly,” says Lippert. “While declines in sales volume are likely to be mostly due to the lack of inventory, a slight cooling of the meteoric price increases we saw in early summer (14% increase in median home price for August and September vs. nearly 30% in May) indicate that buyers may be pulling back. They’re either priced out or deciding to wait it out.” Either way, Lippert stressed that a decline in prices seems unlikely in the near future because of the sustained inventory shortage and interest rates remaining low. “The low rates may entice buyers, but it’s also keeping potential sellers in place, and homes off the market.” And as buyers opt out of the market, whether temporarily or long term, potential sellers may feel the shift more in the cooler months. 

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.