When is the best time to list your home

Real Estate Agent with Sundance Realty

When is the best time to list your home?  People ask me that all the time.  Should I list my house in May for the summer?  Honestly there is not "best" time.  December is great because the competition is low.  Inventory is down that time of year.  May is awesome because we don't get as much rain and the gardens look so beautiful.  Any time you are ready to list your house is a good time to list it.  You just need to get it ready to list first. 

Work on needed repairs or projects before you list the house.   Like weeding the flower beds, painting the inside or outside, replacing old flooring or staging it.  Do these things first so it has a great start when it is viewed those first few weeks.  Because the first few weeks are when it is a new fresh listing and it gets the most views online and showings in person. 

Try to price your house competitively with the market.  We can't control the market, but we can control the condition of the house and the price you list it for. Chose a good realtor that can connect you to professionals.  Consider having your home staged, getting a pre home inspection or even an appraisal so you know what to expect.  Get your repairs done first so there are not any surprises when the buyer has a home inspection. 

I seem to show homes to buyers all year long so honestly the best time to list your home is when you have it ready and you are ready emotionally to do it.  For more information on listing your home visit my website at http://getsalemrealestate.com.  Or if you would like to search listings visit this blog or my website for an IDX search

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Comments (1)

Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Joni, good advice for anyone looking or thinking about selling their home.  I am from Salem, grew up there and did not move from Salem to Portland area until 1971.  I graduated from South Salem in 1963, know that dates me, but who cares when you reach certain ages.  Lots of friends that I keep in contact with and enjoy going back for a visit or two.  If you should ever need any information up this way just give me a call or email and I would be happy to provide whatever information I am able.  Take Care and good post.

Apr 20, 2011 01:19 PM