In Maryland, the spring market tends to heat up with the weather. Record lows and snow on the ground do not make ideal conditions to go house shopping. With the last couple of winters being so mild in the Annapolis area, the winter months were busier earlier than when the weather is harsh.
The one compromising factor in 2014 is the built up demand from the fall of 2013 that has spilled over. When the government shut down back in October, the market slowed dramatically in this area. Other parts of the country did not feel the government shut down as the Washington DC metropolitan area. The uncertain economic conditions created a feeling of uneasiness. Now with a budget finally passed by the politicians, that uncertainty has passed.
My feeling is that 2014 will be another very solid spring market that should continue the entire year. If you are thinking about selling this year, now is the time to get your plan in place. Assuming we do not have more significant snowfalls in the area, listing sooner rather than later would be the prudent move.