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Does the Back-to-School Season Impact Real Estate Sales?

Posted by Blog Admin on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 2:09pm.

It’s that time of year again, when kids across Metro Atlanta fill their backpacks, climb onto the school bus, and watch Mom and Dad dance a happy jig as they wave goodbye. The long summer vacation season has drawn to a close and families are settling in for the school year. Maybe the last thing on their minds is packing up and moving.

What happens to real estate sales when school starts?

In the short term, sales slow. There are fewer homes on the market already, since Spring is traditionally the hottest time to list, and there are fewer buyers looking because people are focused on settling into the new school-time routine. This lull, though, is quite short-lived. Sales typically see an uptick just after the Labor Day weekend – the unofficial start of the fall season. Buyers and sellers alike are motivated to close quickly and have their living situations finalized well before the holiday season approaches.

Is it a good time to list your home?

Yes! Even throughout the busy spring selling season this year, there was a shortage of inventory in North Metro Atlanta at certain (more affordable) price points. That inventory shortage continues, and worsens, through the late summer and fall. Buyers this time of year are highly motivated, perhaps looking to get into a good school district or forced to relocate for work. Their timelines are necessarily shorter, and with fewer homes on the market, you could sell for top dollar. 

We know, it’s not quite autumn yet. Put away your pumpkin spice candles and latte. It’s really late summer, but for families with school-age children, it feels like summer is officially over. Turns out, it’s still a great time to sell in Metro Atlanta.  Call Peggy Slappey Properties today at 770-271-5555 to connect with an agent close to you and get started on the road to SOLD. If you're a buyer just getting started, head over to You can customize your search, save your favorite homes, and instantly connect with agents. In the meantime, we hope everyone is settling in for the 2019-2020 school year. We know it will be a great one!

Peggy Slappey Properties, Inc. is a Metro Atlanta real estate brokerage with more than 35 years of experience in real estate sales and marketing.  From new home construction to resales, we can help you find the home of your dreams.  To see our current listings, visit and call us for expert advice at 770-271-5555.  Keep up to date with the latest PSP events and offers by checking in on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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