If only there were a crystal ball to answer this question. As a real estate broker this probably the question I get asked the most. The general rule of thumb most people hear about and talk about is to sell in the spring when most people are buying. This means that you'd want to list your home sometime in March through May. However, what's surprising for most people to hear is the spring is actually NOT the most popular time people are buying. The best time to put your home on the market is late spring and early summer.
As you can see, the top months for sales are June, July, and August. May and September are close runners up. It's safe to assume that the majority of these properties went under contract 30-45 days before selling. Therefore, these properties most likely went under contract in the months of May through July. So if your goal is to get on the market when most people are putting homes under contract, we'd recommend getting on the market in May or June at the latest.
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