Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -
Have you noticed fewer FOR SALE signs lately?
South Georgia real estate agents say they are starting to sell more houses.
But they also say there is still a long way to go to make 2013 a strong year.
Real estate agents say 2010 was a little better than 2009.
And '11 was better than '10.
But what about 2012?
"People were optimistic and 2012 was a better year. Not significantly better, but better because things were not flat or worse then the years past. So we're seeing some signs of improvement," said First Thomasville Realty Owner Mills Herndon
Herndon says foreclosure orders did slow down before the election, but things did pick back up in November.
"The problem with that is that tends to keep values down and comps down and prices down. So until we finish that and flood those out of the market, we won't see a big appreciation in housing prices."
Herndon says the one thing that can bring the market back up is jobs. "Probably 75 percent of the houses that we sold, and we sold 489 units last year, 75 percent of those units were under $100,000. So most of those are first time home buyers and people getting out of school and getting jobs and those kinds of things. So it's critical."
Realtors say with interest rates as low as they are, now is still a great time to buy, if you can get the financing.
"The financing is available, but the underwriter requirements to get a mortgage are extremely difficult. So if you have good credit, really good credit, the interest rates are still very low," said Herndon.
Herndon says as long as consumer confidence continues to rise, and unemployment continues to drop, the market will one day thrive as it did before the recession.
U.S. banks completed foreclosure on about 60 thousand homes in November.