I wanted to bring you an update on the Washington D.C. market as we transition from the winter market to the spring market.
We’ve got a lot of pent-up demand from people looking to buy a home who held off on their purchase since the election. Whether it was for economic or political reasons, people wanted to know what would happen. We’re seeing this segment of buyers hitting the market, which already had low inventory.
This has had an impact on the market in that the average days on market here in D.C. is down nearly 5%. In Montgomery County, the average number of days on market is down 15% and in Arlington County, it’s down 19.7%. This has an immediate impact on the price of these properties because they’re ending up in multiple offer situations.
From 2016 to 2017, the average sale price in D.C. has increased 11.1% year over year. That number is up 6.8% in Montgomery County and up 3.4% in Arlington County. This means that if you’re looking to buy a home, you need to work with a competent real estate agent and be prepared to write a competitive offer. If you’re looking to sell your home, now is a terrific time to maximize your return by working with a professional who will stage your property the right way, market it efficiently, and negotiate on your behalf. Make sure your agent knows your area well.
If you have any questions about the D.C. market or you’re looking to buy or sell a home at this time, give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to help!