Fastest Months to Sell Homes in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax

In what months do homes sell the fastest in Fairfax County Virginia?

February, March and April.


If you look at the interactive chart below...April...has the shortest # of days on market in Fairfax County for the past 5 years. However, that is the month that the house actually SOLD...the seller received the money from the buyers and gave them the keys.


THAT means that those houses were listed 30-60 days February and March! That seems counter intuitive doesn't it?

That means that the earlier you can get your house on the market in Spring...the easier and faster it will sell. You can see further evidence of this below in the average "# of days it takes from contract to settlement"" by month.



The reason is that folks come to the Washington DC suburbs every month of the year due to transfers and voluntary re-locations. However there is slightly less competition for sellers from other listings in early spring, than there is in May-July. The chart below shows the number of active listings by month for the last 5 years. These charts are interactive so you can scroll over the chart bars and see the actual #s.



-These #s hold true for all Northern Virginia counties with little variation.

-Whether you plan to buy or sell....It is never too early to plan and prepare.

-Drop us a line we are happy to chat obligation.

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Comments (5)

Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Wow, I like the graphic in your post. 

Many more sales and listings in 2019!

Jan 04, 2019 09:33 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman

Thanks Evelina, it is so much easier to see trends visually than explain the verbally no? :-)

Jan 04, 2019 09:42 AM
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
Woodland appraisal support.

Thanks for sharing the information on this community, I hope you have the opportunity to sell many of these homes.

Jan 05, 2019 01:48 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman

Thanks Sally....2019 has a good feel to it all ready.

Jan 05, 2019 08:26 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope 2019 is a great year for you.

Jan 06, 2019 06:06 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman

Thanks Richard I hope you have a great 2019 as well.

Jan 06, 2019 06:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This is great information and proof of the best months to list your home, Steve. Without pulling it right this second, I am confident our data is very similar, if not the same.

Jan 08, 2019 04:14 PM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks Deb. Most sellers in our area have late April and May in their minds as the best timeframe. The stats show otherwise and have helped us convince them. Most folks take longer to get ready than they think so if they shoot for March, they can still hit late April...maybe :-)

Jan 09, 2019 06:48 AM

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