I want to Sell My Home

I want to sell my home… Great but… Do you really want to sell your home!

Then it’s time to get serious.  One of the first questions I ask a homeowner after hearing, I want to sell my home is, how soon do you plan on moving? The market changes frequently depending on the economy, inventory, and the time of year, which means the values and time on the market change. If you’re only curious what you could get on the market, don’t waste your time or a Realtors® time. If you’re serious, keep reading.

Before we go forward there are some terms used in our industry you need to know.

Listing Date – the day a homeowner agrees to list their home with a Realtor®.

Pending Date – the date a seller and buyer agree to conditions, sale price, and sign a contract.

Sale Date – the day ownership changes, documents are recorded at county, funds are exchanged.

COM or CDOM (commutative days on the market) the time from when a homeowner puts their home on the market until they receive an offer that is agreed upon by both seller and buyer.

OK. So when is the best time to put your home on the market? The chart below is a graph of pending homes in the Arlington and Stanwood areas in Washington, by month, in 2013. The stats were compiled by the Northwest MLS database, which is very important. Why is it important? Because this is local, not nationwide as reported by Zillow and other real estate news reporting who use nationwide stats. Remember the graph below shows the Pending Date, the date a buyer and seller signed a contract, not the day the new buyer takes possession, and not the day the home is listed.

Arlington, Stanwood, pending salesThis is good, but it doesn’t answer your question, when is the best time to put your home on the market? Ah! Now that we know the month with the highest number of pending homes, we can back up to COMD, (commutative days on the market). Looking at the graph below taken from the Northwest MLS, with an average sale price of $251,739 the average COMD is 76 days. This is the average amount of time a home stays on the market before receiving a contract from a buyer.

Publication1Now take the middle of March subtract 76 days (COMD) and you end up with January 15. Why is this a good time to enter the market, you ask yourself. Well, many owners will take their home off the market during the holidays and relist in March or April, which means there are less homes on the market and less competition  during January thru March. If you’re serious about moving, now is a good time to place you’re home on the market. These stats are good for getting an idea of the market and how it works, but if you’re serious, then it’s time to get going.

Where do you start? With our unpredictable northwest weather, I advise my clients to begin with the inside. Start by boxing up anything you don’t use daily. Paint the walls with a neutral color, and fix anything that squeaks or is leaking. A good carpet cleaning always helps and makes the home smell fresh. A list and helpful ideas can be found  here.

You may not be ready to list your home, but it may be a good time to get it ready. Something to keep in mind, “The first impression is a lasting one”.

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  2. Great post! Did not know this was a good time. I always thought the summer was the best time to market a home. I better get busy. Thanks

    • Thanks Marie for visiting our site. When you’re ready, please contact one of our helpful Realtors. You may also check out the article on “Selling Your Home Tips”, located under the Buyers & Sellers tab at the top of our site.