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How to find the best time of year to sell a house

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Conventional wisdom suggests that the best time to sell a house is always "in the Spring."
But is that true?
On a closer inspection of the local real estate transaction data, the best time to sell a house can change drastically from market to market and from year to year.
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Over the last 5 years, we've compiled the most comprehensive dataset on real estate transactions nationwide.
Each month, we add new information to our database to better match homeowners with the top real estate agents in their areas. This same data can be used to see the best time to put your house on the market.
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Crunch the numbers

Real estate is a local business, so nationwide trends won't always apply where you live.
We apply rigorous analysis to housing transactions in every city and for each month to drill down to the local level and estimate the best time to sell a house in your neighborhood.

We Found the Best Time to Sell a House and It's Not When You Think

Every year, we select a variety of cities all across the United States and analyze the housing market data to see exactly how the best time to sell a house changes over time. See the results of our study and play around with our real estate data to see your own home's best time to sell.
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Best time to sell a home for more money

How to read this chart - Look for months with higher sales prices than the average home sales price for the year. That's usually the best time to sell your house for the most money!

Nationwide Housing Market Trends - Sales Prices
Real estate is a hyper local business but you can use the annual housing market trends across the United States to come up with a general rule of thumb for the best time to sell a house.

December
+7.43%
January
-9.45%
Based on our housing transaction data, it looks like December would be the best month to sell your home. It generally takes about 3 months to close on your home, so we estimate that if you list your home in September you could sell your house for 7.43% more than the yearly average!

Best time to sell a house fast

How to read this chart - Days on market is a measure of how long it takes to sell a house. Look for months where homes sat on the market for less time than the monthly average. Those are usually the best months to sell your house fast.

Days on Market Trends for Home Sales Nationwide
Economic conditions impact days on market trends in America's housing market. Every year will be a little different but you can use the aggragate data to give you a general rule of thumb for the best time to sell your house fast.

July
-6.5 days
January
13 days
If you're looking to sell your house fast, the best time to sell your house is probably the month of July. Since it generally takes about 3 months from list to close, we estimate that if you list your home in April you could sell your house 6.5 days sooner than if you listed in any other month.

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The best time to sell your home changes depending on where you live

National housing market data can only give you a general rule of thumb. If you want a more accurate estimate for the best month to sell your home, you need to look at the real estate transaction data in your neighborhood.
Look at the data for some of America's most popular cities and see how the best time to sell a house changes from market to market. Then search for your home town to see when the best time to sell YOUR house is.
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