The real estate market post-government shutdown

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.

—David Howell, “The real estate market post-government shut down”

How the government shutdown has impacted the real estate market

The partial government shutdown that started right around Christmas and extended through almost all of January undoubtedly put a squeeze on the metro DC real estate market.

We took a look at absorption rates – the pace at which the market is absorbing” the available inventory – in January and compared those to rate the previous January, and there is an inescapable conclusion: the market was slower.

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Pet safety tips to follow during the holidays

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For pet lovers, the holidays aren’t complete without our furry friends. While we celebrate, we must ensure our pet’s safety is top of mind. What may seem safe to us might actually be harmful to them. We’ve found some useful tips to follow to keep them healthy and happy.

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Why selling during the holidays can be beneficial

Inventory tends to drop off during the holiday season, which is all the more reason for you to get serious about putting your house on the market. What was once negative feedback – selling your home during the holidays – can actually be beneficial. When buyers start looking, they usually want to get into their new home at a time that avoids interfering with their busy lifestyle. Here are some great reasons why you should consider putting your home on the market during the holidays.

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The impact of Amazon’s HQ2 move to Northern Virginia

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It’s official: the Amazons are coming! After 14 months of speculation, the odds-on favorite Crystal City was indeed the winner in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but with a twist. Queens, New York will get half of the planned 50,000 jobs that Amazon says it will create during the next 10 to 12 years. And in this case, getting half the loaf may turn out to be better than getting the whole thing.

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Home maintenance tips from McEnearney Associates

Now that summer is winding down and we are thinking of hunkering down for the cool weather, it is an opportune time to catch up on routine home maintenance — but where to start?

For many, a home is their largest investment. Keeping track of these items can seem more manageable and less daunting once you realize how simple some tasks can be.

Grab your tool belt, and check out these often-overlooked tips from our Associates.

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