You’ve just put the “for sale” sign in your front yard. You linger by the door waiting for the crowd of homebuyers to run up your patio eager to make an offer. At least, that’s how it goes in the mind of a seller. Whether you’ve outgrown your home, it’s outgrown you or it simply doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, knowing when it’s time to sell your home can be a difficult decision. Even harder still is the not knowing of will people want to see it, how much will it sell for and ultimately, how long does it take to sell a house?
The short and unrevealing answer is, it depends. Many factors can go into how long it takes to sell your house. Location, the time of year and the economy can all play a role, but the National Association of Realtors report in September 2015 the median days on market for homes that sold that month was 49. That number was down by an entire week from just one year prior. That same report states the average closing process in September 2015 was 41 days.
You will find sales in your real estate market vary depending on the time of year. Homes.com finds that there are more buyers and homes available for sale starting in early spring through the summer months. The time it takes to sell your home may be reflected by the seasonal patterns of the market. The time of year and geography are just two factors to think about when trying to sell your home fast. Buyers will also consider the condition, age, design, neighborhood and number of baths and bedrooms when choosing a home.
Pricing your home to sell is vital in helping your home sell fast. If your house has been on the market for four weeks with limited interest, talk to your agent about the why there’s a small amount of attention. Your agent will be able to give you insight into the market in your specific neighborhood to see if a price reduction is a good move on your property. Of course, it always helps to have an idea of how much your home is worth. Check out our free home valuation tool below. You’ll have an answer in seconds.
Make sure your agent is knowledgeable before you agree to work together. The location, time of year and specific s of your home will play a part in how long it takes to sell your house, but so will your agent’s knowledge of the neighborhood, their marketing plan and networking capabilities to reach other agents with clients looking to buy. There are questions to ask a realtor when selling a house that will allow you to know if they’re the right person to market and sell your home.
The bottom line is you want an agent that works hard, works fast and makes you a priority. Our 90 day guarantee does just that. We know we can sell your home in 90 days, or we’ll waive our commission fee and still promote, show and sell your house for free.