Fulton County, Georgia: housing, foreclosures, jobs, and politics – are we better off now as compared to 2008?
RealtyTrac has published some very interesting data related to the current real estate market, foreclosures, and unemployment in Fulton County. This includes the cities of Alpharetta, Atlanta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City. RealtyTrac has various maps which show political data for each county (when available), as well as real estate, foreclosure, and unemployment statistics within that county. The results for Fulton County, Georgia, are below.
Presidential politics, 2008 vs. now. In 2008, approximately 67.2% of Fulton County voters who voted supported President Obama and cast their votes for him. It is considered a certainty that a majority of voters who cast ballots this November 6 in Fulton County will do so in support of President Obama.
Foreclosure “starts”, 2008 vs. now. In 2008, approximately 11,517 properties in Fulton County fell into a foreclosure status. Of course, this would generally reflect that those properties began to become distressed in early 2008 or earlier. It is a surprise to see the numbers: the number of foreclosure starts in 2012 is approximately 7,043.
Average home sale price, 2008 vs. now. In 2008, the average home sale price in Fulton County was approximately $172,073. This year it has been approximately $263,674.
Percentage of residential real estate sales involving distressed properties, 2008 vs. now. For purposes of this statistic, distressed sales are considered to be properties which are in some stage of foreclosure or are owned by the bank / mortgage loan lender. In 2008, distressed sales represented 26.72% of all residential real estate sales in Fulton County. By comparison, in 2012, those types of sales represent 33.19% of the total residential real estate sales in Fulton County, Georgia. This is an increase of 24.2%.
Unemployment rates in Fulton County, 2008 vs. now. In 2008, the unemployment rate in Fulton County was 7.3%. Unfortunately, it is now 10.2%. This is an increase of 39.7%.
Regardless of whom our next President is, we very much hope that the statistics contained herein look much better as we get further into the next Presidential term.
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