The Real Estate Market Post Government Shutdown

by David Howell on March 14, 2019


With the government shutdown in the rearview mirror, we were curious how the market fared in February.  And it probably won’t surprise you that, since all real estate is local, there were some considerable differences.

Just one example: in Kalorama and Georgetown, the market was a little softer than this same time last year.  There was a little more inventory and little less contract activity, but absorption rates remained squarely in the “balanced market” stage.  In fact, the inventory of available homes on the market crept up all over DC and suburban Maryland while contract activity was pretty stable.

On the other side of the river in Northern Virginia, we saw a very different dynamic.  Absorption rates in most areas rose compared to last February. At a quick glance, that would seem to indicate an improving market.  But that’s not the whole story. While inventory was rising in DC and Maryland, it has actually been falling in the Virginia suburbs so there were simply fewer homes for the market to “absorb.”  So absorption rates rose despite fairly flat contract activity.

The takeaway is simply this: every market is different and if you’d like to know more about how things are in your neighborhood, we encourage you to call your favorite McEnearney Associate and we’ll give you an in-depth analysis.

For reference, below you’ll find how we segment the market based on absorption rates.  And if you want to know more about up-to-date market conditions in your neighborhood, we hope you’ll give us a call.  



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Before joining McEnearney Associates in 1996, David was the owner and Principal Broker of his own real estate company for 12 years. David was the Managing Broker of our McLean office from 1996 - 2010, and was named our Chief Information Officer in September, 2010. In that role, he is responsible for the firm' technology, market information and public relations, and is the author of our MarketWatch newsletter. He is also Principal Broker for McEnearney Associates in Maryland, and is an Associate Broker in Virginia and Washington, DC.

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