The Suburban Maryland apartment market, which benefits from its proximity to Washington, D.C., opened 2019 with a healthy rental showing. Asking rents rose 0.7% over the quarter $1,595 per month, while effective rents, at $1,528 per month, rose 0.4% over the quarter. These rates were up 3.4% and 2.9%, respectively, over the year. Net absorption finished the quarter at 464 units. This is an active market for construction and demand.