BEST TIME TO LIST A HOME FOR SALE? EARLY MAY

By Jeff Tucker on Feb. 18, 2019

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  • U.S. homes listed for sale in early May sell for $1,600 more than the average listing throughout the year.
  • Homes listed on a Saturday are viewed the most on Zillow within the first week of listing.
  • The time frame varies by metro area. Find yours in the interactive chart below.

For home buyers, it may feel like the best time to beat the competition to home shopping season has gotten earlier and earlier. But for sellers, the best time to list has remained remarkably consistent: Once again, U.S. homes listed for sale on Zillow in the first half of May sold faster and for more money than the average listing throughout the year. Nationwide, homes listed for sale between May 1 and May 15 tended to sell for about 0.7 percent more (or roughly $1,600 on the typical U.S. home) and about six days faster than usual. And while the exact best time to list a home varies from market-to-market, in most cases the magic window falls squarely in spring.

More Money, Faster Sale

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The Magic of Saturdays

If you want to get even more strategic about when to list, it can pay to consider what day of the week will get your home seen by the most house hunters. Saturday listings get the largest number of views by Zillow users in the first week of listing nationally and in 12 of the largest 35 metros. Friday is a great day to list as well, with homes listed that day getting the most views within a week in 10 of the top 35 markets. At the other extreme, Tuesday is the worst time to list, nationally. Saturday listings end up with about 20 percent more page views in their first seven days on the market than Tuesday listings.

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