If you want to snag a bargain home, this is probably NOT the best time in our lifetime for you to be house hunting. At least not in most areas of the hot, hot, hot Atlanta market, where homes are selling at a brisk pace without much need for lowering prices.
BUT, there are a few areas left where a buyer can actually snag a great property at relatively bargain price. One of these areas is Clayton County, where good buys are still available. And you could save even more, if you are lucky enough to find a short sale.
Clayton County short sales are still the best bet for getting a real bang for your buck!
By far, the best bargains now will likely be short sales or foreclosures. Of these two types of opportunites, short sales generally make better purchases than foreclosures, because they are usually in better condition, being offered for sale by the homeowner, not a lender or foreclosure company.
Unlike most foreclosure properties, short sales are sold pre-foreclosure. They have not been sitting empty or boarded up, and so have not been an easy target for vandalism and vagrants.
In many cases the selling owners actually reside in and care for the property right up to closing day, just as in most ordinary home sale transactions. This means the new buyer ends up with a cleaner and well cared-for property when the keys are turned over at the closing table.
When making a short sale offer, play to win!
And when you find your bargain home, make sure you win it. Read this previously published post to discover How to write a short sale offer that beats the competition.
As always, call on us -- the local real estate experts on the Best Atlanta team at Solid Source Realty GA -- when you are ready to buy or sell a Clayton County home.