We’ve been fortunate to have a very healthy real estate market in the metro Washington D.C. area for several years, and as we head into the fall market, that’s still the case.
Last month, we looked at some of the hottest areas in the region, with absorptions rates over 60% – what we call an extreme seller’s market. This month, we’re looking at the other end of the spectrum, where there is plenty of available inventory but less contract activity – those areas and price ranges where the absorption rate is 15% or lower, a buyer’s market.
Generally, that characterizes the market for homes priced more than $1M – to be sure, there are some luxury markets that are hotter than others, but we’re focusing today on homes priced less than $1M because that’s the heart of the market.
Continue reading “Absorption rates: D.C. metro area contract activity”
The metro D.C. market has softened a bit, and we think ultimately 2018 is going to look a lot like 2017. But there are plenty of hot spots where sellers have lots of leverage.
Continue reading “Absorption Rates (August 2018): What’s hot, what’s not”
Before you spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on “fixing” a wet basement, be sure you are not inviting water in! Follow these surprisingly easy steps to keep water from your roof and grounds from entering your house.
Most of our Home Inspectors say 95% of wet basement issues are fixable outdoors for just a few hundred dollars. They say there are 3 easy steps:
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We know all real estate is local, and market conditions vary widely from community to community. We have taken a comprehensive look at the dynamics throughout the metro area (Alexandria; Arlington County & Falls Church City; Northern Virginia; Loudoun, Fauquier & Prince William counties; Washington, D.C.; and Suburban Maryland) for the first half of 2018 with a level of detail you won’t find anywhere else.
Continue reading “In-depth reviews of D.C. area real estate markets (First half of 2018)”
The Washington metro area has a strong real estate market characterized by remarkably low inventory, so we’re a little puzzled by the frequency of “off market” listings – those listings that are not put in the multiple listing system (MLS). One may hear them referred to as private exclusives or pocket listings, but under either banner these are homes that are not exposed to the broadest possible market.
In a market where buyers are clamoring for choices, why would a seller intentionally choose to do that?
Continue reading “Summer 2018: No one has all the buyers”
2017 ended with a bit of a whimper, as contract activity on our region’s real estate market cooled off along with the weather. But it was an overall solid year, with Washington, D.C. continuing to outpace its suburban neighbors. What’s ahead for 2018?
We’ll put our forecast into three categories: Steady State, the Wildcard and the Tantalizing Possibility.
Continue reading “Winter 2018 Marketwatch: More of the same?”
We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.
Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?
So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road.
Continue reading “Home design trends to watch in 2018”