Much like Phoenix and Las Vegas, Atlanta's housing market crashed hard. The downturn came later than other markets, and so too did the influx of investors, buying up the city's multitude of foreclosed properties. While Atlanta is still seeing some investor activity, the market appears to be tipping back toward more historical norms.
"I think what we have been seeing in the Atlanta market over the past several months is a return to a more 'normalized and seasonally based' market," wrote Atlanta Board of Realtors President Todd Emerson in a recent monthly report.
Sales fell 10.6 percent in November from a year ago, according to the ABR, as inventory jumped a striking 37 percent. The gain could be due to rising prices, which are allowing far more borrowers to come up from underwater on their mortgages and list their homes. It could also be due to increased construction.