May 2020

Why This Summer is the 2020 Real Estate Season!

With stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into the market. After many families put their plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what we once called the busy spring real estate season is shifting into the summer. In 2020, summer is the new spring for real estate. […]

Caleb | May 29, 2020

Experts Predict Economic Recovery Should Begin in the Second Half of the Year

One of the biggest questions we all seem to be asking these days is: When are we going to start to see an economic recovery? As the country begins to slowly reopen, moving forward in strategic phases, business activity will help bring our nation back to life. Many economists indicate a recovery should begin to happen in the […]

Bill | May 21, 2020

6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake

“At the Forrest Team of REALTORS we typically can help a seller get 10% More for a home than if the owners were to go it alone. Trying to save a commission is so very shortsighted. Instead, they should be asking how do I maximize the return on my equity” -Bill Forrest There are many benefits to […]

Bill | May 21, 2020

#1 Financial Benefit of Homeownership: Family Wealth

While growing up, we were taught by our parents and grandparents that owning a home is a financially savvy move. They explained how a mortgage is like a “forced savings plan.” When you pay rent, that money is lost forever. When you make a mortgage payment, much of that money accumulates as equity in the […]

Bill | May 18, 2020

Will the Housing Market Be Robust This Year?

Today, many people are asking themselves if they should buy or sell a home in 2020. Some have shifted their plans or put them on hold over the past couple of months, and understandably so. Everyone seems to be wondering if the market is going to change and when the economy will turn around. If you’re trying […]

Bill | May 14, 2020

April 2020 Statistics on Atlanta Housing Market

Atlanta REALTORS® Releases April 2020 Statistics on Housing Market The Atlanta REALTORS® Market Brief examines sales, prices in 11-county metro area Atlanta, GA (May 12, 2020) – Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its April 2020 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan […]

Bill | May 13, 2020

Unemployment Report: No Need to Be Terrified

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs report. It revealed that the economic shutdown made necessary by COVID-19 caused the unemployment rate to jump to 14.7%. Many anticipate that next month the percentage could be even higher. These numbers represent the extreme hardship so many families are experiencing right now. That pain should […]

Bill | May 13, 2020

A Surprising Shift to the ‘Burbs May Be on the Rise

While many people across the U.S. have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, some who live in more populated city limits today are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local entertainment is definitely a perk, especially if you can also walk to […]

Bill | May 13, 2020

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

What we are seeing especially Intown is that there is a huge lack of available homes. This combined with the current level of active buyers is challenging the market with prices are holding steady with no erosion of home/condo values. Homes priced very well are seeing multiple offers in some cases. Now is an excellent […]

Bill | May 11, 2020

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market

“The biggest surprise for the month of April was the lack of erosion in home prices. Yes, the number of buyers actively seeking a home/condo is way down but those numbers are eclipsed by the lack of available properties. The end result is home values are holding steady. What does that mean for those thinking […]

Bill | May 7, 2020