Gwinnett County, GA - How Does the Real Estate Market Impact You

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty


In the past month or so we have seen a number of homes go into foreclosure in Hamilton Mill which are now being marketed for sale in the local listing systems.

What is going on here? Life, that is what is going on. As the United States economy struggles to gain its footing and jobs are being eliminated in many sectors, tough times are falling on some of our neighbors and friends and you know what, you may not even know it is happening around you.

Just the other day I was talking to someone in Hamilton Mill and he made the comment to me that he was totally unaware of "John Doe's" financial problems and wished that John had talked to him about it. He had a feeling something was going on. John always used to keep his home and yard very well kept and then 6 months or so ago he noticed things seemed to be a little different. John lost his home and now is looking for alternative housing and a decent paying job.

Here is something to think about.

The real estate market struggles as well as the mortgage crisis is hitting so many different areas of our economy that most of us do not even think of, but take a look at who is being effected.

If new or resale homes do not sell:

Loan Officers do not write new loans, Appraisers do not appraise homes, closing attorneys do not close loans, moving companies do not move you into your new home which means furniture stores do not sell furniture which is sold to them by salespersons for the factory, lighting stores do not sell lights, painters do not paint and landscapers do not put out new landscaping products which they buy from the nursery who hire people to plant and care for the beautiful plants you planned to landscape with. Also, since you will not be doing all the home projects you wanted to, Home Depot and Lowes and other stores are not selling the products they were a couple of years ago. If sales are down there, what about all the people that were selling their products to them.

More...Wow, that seems like quite a little list do is not. Wait there is more.

If new homes are not selling then the Builders are not selling homes which means that they are cutting back on their Project Managers and of course they are not buying building products like wood, brick, sheetrock, lighting, paint, and so on. By the way, all the homes that are not being built effect the plumbers, electricians, roofers, masonry guys, framers and so on. Also the builders cannot hire the grading companies to move the dirt which means a loss of jobs and if that is the case then the tractor companies do not sell new equipment which means that the factories have no orders which means they do not need to hire people, rather they need to lay them off.

Need I go on. I could for a very long time but I won't. Know why, I am optimistic we are getting out of this mess and will be a better, smarter people for it. I hope we save more (I know I need to), are smarter with our buying decisions (do we really need the biggest of everything or most expensive this or that), and realize that this mess can and probably will happen again and we need to plan for it.

Now go out and make it a great day. I plan to.

By the way there are a number of really great deals in Hamilton Mill right now. Prices have never been better. Give me a call and I will email you a list of Hot Properties. Gotta go show one now.

Matt Hermes


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Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Matt, I have seen this market before, we will probably see it again.  It is the cycle of real estate.  It needs to adjust the number of agents and loan officers.  It became an easy job and everyone and his uncle jumped in to it.  With fuel prices so high, people are not doing much of anything.  Car dealers, construction companies, newspapers, restaurants and others, are hurting.  It needs to correct itself, by people making themselves live within their budgets.  Once more people can accomplish that, and they (the US Congress) stops taking vacations and work on our country's budget and fuel resources, we will turn into an easier economy.  I've said this before, we pay for their fuel, and probably their cars.  They have no idea how much it is impacting our economy.  We need to pay attention to those in the US Congress who are looking for our vote, yet, are not paying attention to their job, or who put them there.

Aug 22, 2008 12:22 PM #1
Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Matt, thank you for the snapshot on Hamilton Mill.  I inspected a regular Realtor listed / owned by seller property in Hamilton Mill yesterday.  The frequency of home sales and resulting home inspections for inspectors is definitely down from 2007 numbers.

I understand the ripple effect in industry.  Whereas GA once had a good number of manufacturing plants in several sectors including automobiles, electronics, fiber optics, textiles, etc., when those industries go offshore to produce, it leaves an entire service industry hanging.

We are evolving into a service based economy.  Many employers in this new economy are small business employers.  We keep the economy going so I say to government "don't tax me to death!"

Optomism is contagious!

Aug 27, 2008 03:25 PM #2
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