Real Estate Trends

2019 Second-Half Market Reports: In-depth reviews of the D.C.-area real estate markets

McEnearney Market in a Minute — Northern Virginia (December 2019): “The lack of available inventory continues to be the biggest factor impacting the market. Contract activity is down because there are so few available choices. There is less inventory for all three property types – condo, attached and detached homes – in almost every price category. That is pushing prices and absorption rates up, and days on the market down. And with fewer new listing coming on the market, we expect these conditions to continue throughout the winter.”

McEnearney Market in a Minute — Washington, D.C. (December 2019):
“Overall supply at the end of November contracted considerably from a year ago with the drop in inventory and the increase in contract activity. Absorption rates are up and so are home prices. Lower interest rates are making it easier on purchasers. In short, all signs are positive for Washington, D.C.’s real estate market as we head into the winter months.”

Homeownership/Buying Trends

Exterior/Interior Trends

  • 10 home features that are most in demand (REALTOR Magazine)
  • Find out the color of the year predictions for 2020 (Real Simple)
  • 10 design trends coming to a home near you (Houzz)
  • Study: High-end showers are key in home remodels (REALTOR magazine)
  • Split-level homes are becoming popular again (Apartment Therapy)
  • Homeowners are increasingly using their wine collections as a design element. But doing so comes with challenges and some big costs (Wall Street Journal)
  • The quest for the perfect closet — What today’s idealized closets and pantries say about our inner lives (Curbed)
  • Home-improvement boom is forecast to fizzle (Wall Street Journal)

Updated Feb, 3, 2020