If there’s one question that most home sellers ask, it’s, “What is the best time of year to list a home for sale?”
The national housing market is moving, home values are up and homes are starting to sell well, but timing is still important for the home seller who wants to have their home sell quickly.
Spring and Summer is the best time to Sell a Home
During these seasons, kids are out of school, and parents are starting to think about where they want their kids to attend in the coming fall. People are ready to use vacation time to tackle the move, and home buyers are interested in seeing homes at their best with beautiful landscaping.
Listing a home in the spring gives you the best chance of finding an interested buyer quickly.
There are simply more buyers in the market. The earlier in the spring that you list, the better your chances of finding the right buyer.
However, the spring and summer selling season brings more competition.
Remember, you are not the only person listing a home for sale this time of the year. Properly pricing and staging your property is going to be an important part of the process.
Is it OK to List a Home for Sale in the Winter and Fall?
The Winter and Fall seasons have generally been called the “bad” time to sell a home. Surprisingly, in the current real estate market, there really isn’t a “bad” season.
Yes, there are less home buyers looking, but those who are looking in the winter are more serious about buying, and often have a pressing need to be looking.
Also, there is less competition during this so-called “off” season.
The only time that is particularly slow for real estate is around the holidays, but again, you still will have some very serious buyers who are needing to find a home, and much less competition.
The Best Day of the Week to List a Home for Sale
While most home sellers think about seasons when considering the best time to list a home for sale, the truth is that the day you list is also important.
According to statistics and Time Magazine, the best day of the week to post your listing is Thursday.
Listing on Thursday means that buyers who are starting to think about the homes they will tour in the coming weekend will see your home and be able to schedule a showing.
Remember, having a good real estate agent, pricing the property right, and timing your listing right can help it to sell in the fastest possible time frame!