The Best Time to Put Your Home on the Market, in Every Metro Area

published Mar 28, 2019
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Watching your house sit while it’s on the market can be a real drag. So maybe you’ve been hesitant to list yours. Well, now might be the time if you live in the New York metro area, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, or another major city. The first week of April is a real estate market sweet spot where high buyer demand, low competition, speedy sales, and strong prices come together to give sellers who list a major wallet win.

Don’t believe it? We’ll show you the numbers. Homes listed in this first sweet week of April sell six days faster on average than similar homes listed at other times, according to data from Realtor.com’s “Best Time to List Report.”

This time of year, people are looking to snag a new home. Listings made the first week of April tend to get 14 percent more views. Why? Other folks dragging their feet about listing their places haven’t quite gotten around to putting theirs on the market. So, around this time each year, there’s about 5 percent less competition. Fewer homes on the market mean yours has even more of a chance to stand out.

Need another reason to list your home? If you list it now, you’ll get more money. Homes listed now sell for 6 percent higher, on average, than similar homes listed later in the year. Even though 6 percent doesn’t sound like a big deal, that tiny percentage often equals five figures in your price: Houses listed now are priced $17,000 more, on average, and they’re also less likely to have a price drop than houses listed at other times.

For some other cities, however, the listing sweet spot is a little different. If you live in the Los Angeles area, for example, wait a couple of weeks for maximum ROI.

Vacation spots, on the other hand, have their sweet listing spot at a completely different time of the year. If you’re selling a home in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, hold off until August.

Here are the other best weeks for the top 50 largest U.S. metros:

New York-Newark-Jersey City; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Week of March 31

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.

Week of April 14

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin; Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin

Week of March 31

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

Week of March 31

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

Week of March 24

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland

Week of March 31

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria; Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia

Week of March 24

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida

Week of August 4

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia

Week of April 7

Boston-Cambridge-Newton; Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Week of April 14

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California

Week of March 24

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan

Week of April 21

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona

Week of June 9

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington

Week of April 7

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington; Minnesota, Wisconsin

Week of March 24

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California

Week of June 2

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

Week of June 9

San Diego-Carlsbad, California

Week of February 24

St. Louis; Missouri, Illinois

Week of March 31

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado

Week of March 10

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland

Week of March 24

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week of April 14

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro; Oregon, Washington

Week of April 14

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia; North Carolina, South Carolina

Week of April 7

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida

Week of April 14

Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio

Week of April 14

San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

Week of March 24

Cincinnati; Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

Week of March 31

Sacramento—Roseville—Arden-Arcade, California

Week of April 7

Kansas City; Missouri, Kansas

Week of April 7

Columbus, Ohio

Week of May 5

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana

Week of April 21

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada

Week of June 2

Austin-Round Rock, Texas

Week of March 31

Nashville-Davidson—Murfreesboro—Franklin, Tennessee

Week of May 5

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

Week of March 24

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News; Virginia, North Carolina

Week of March 24

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin

Week of March 31

Providence-Warwick; Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Week of April 14

Jacksonville, Florida

Week of March 31

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Week of April 28

Louisville/Jefferson County; Kentucky, Indiana

Week of April 14

Memphis; Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas

Week of June 2

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana

Week of June 9

Richmond, Virginia

Week of April 7

Raleigh, North Carolina

Week of March 31

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York

Week of April 21

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut

Week of March 31

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama

Week of March 24

Rochester, New York

Week of April 7

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