The metro atlanta area used to be very affordable. just in the last 6-8 years the market has been driven insanely up, for atlanta. people moving from california or new york used to get a 'mansion' from what they had, but now, i don't know. for a state that does not license builders, you have to be very careful about buying used or new homes, inspect inspect inspect!
You can't find affordable quality homes whether you are 25 miles from atlanta or 80. used to have custom builders making quality average homes, now, don't even think about it for less than 500k. Or you end up in the country in a townhome for the median price!
realtors and builders are too greedy , but thats a national problem. Condos have gone down about 15-40 grand, their market has tanked. resales are up as is the renovation industry. i've been here since the early 80's and loved it, now ....I just don't know where the southerners are hiding, they are the kind ones I moved here to live among. The cops in small towns, well in atlanta, are corupt as is the good ol'boy clubs.
I am looking to move away. i am disgusted with the changes. here's hoping its not this bad everywhere.