Atlanta No. 2 most affordable housing market

Metro Atlanta hasn’t been the greatest place in the country to own a home, as everyone with a devalued house in these parts knows.

There is some good news, relatively speaking, though.

It doesn’t cost that much to buy here.

Atlanta ranks second in the U.S. among the top 25 metro areas in terms of home affordability, new research from, a Bankrate company, shows.

The median household income in the Atlanta area exceeds the income required to purchase a median-priced home here by 40 percent. That’s better than every other  big market except for Detroit, where it’s 45.32 percent.

The rest of the top five most affordable metro areas are Minneapolis, Phoenix and St. Louis.

Of course, Detroit is hardly the symbol of economic success, and Phoenix has had major housing issues.

The least affordable markets: San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Miami and Los Angeles.

Housing affordability is key concern nationally, and nationwide a  median-income household can afford a median-priced home in only 14 of the 25 largest markets, the study found.

Mike Sante, managing editor of, said, “Despite all the talk about how homes are more affordable than they have been in decades, buying a home is still a big challenge for many American households.”

Sante continued, “Dealing with rising expenses and stagnant wages is a struggle. Even after years of declining home prices and record-low mortgage rates, median-income households are unable to afford a median-priced home in nearly half of the metropolitan areas that we looked at.”

AJC 10:39 am October 17, 2012, by David Markiewicz

You never know who you know, until you ask…

I have over 3,000 Facebook friends. It never occurred to me to ask one for help in any way. -Until today. I have an amazing team working on my website and developing my brand, but they are finally taking a well deserved break- when suddenly EVERYTHING has become urgent in my life. After months of ME working and being too busy to focus on my brand, I jumped up with a “just do it” attitude. My “Just Do It” team is in Europe.  Funny. Isn’t  it always like this?

Today I decided it was time for Area West to have a “Facebook” page of her own but my logo would not upload in an appropriate side. After 45mins of fighting and pretending to be a graphic designer (because I’m NIA KNOWLES and can do ANYTHING) …I had to give this one up to a professional. I just put it out there. Right on my Facebook page; ‘I NEED HELP’.

You would not believe the number of responses I received. Then I started to review the websites, and work of the friends…. I’m amazed! I know big people, doing great things- wanting to HELP ME…

I feel very blessed. I am now looking for how I can return the favor.

Here is a website to one of the great designers.  Thank you good,clean design

…oh, another bonus, they are in my neighboring Beltline Community!

good,clean design | 370 deckner ave,sw | atlanta, ga 30310
P: 404.756.0230 | F: 404.753.9468 |