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How to Determine the Best Time to Sell Your House in Seattle

Posted by Johnine Larsen on December 20, 2018
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Today we’re featuring a guest post written by Homelight, a real estate referral company based in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle.


Many Americans perceive Seattle as home to apples, chocolate, coffee, and craft beer, but for those who actually reside there, the city is much more than a food scene and the Space Needle. Seattle is one of the best places to live in United States, arguably because it is surrounded by both mountains and water on both sides.

There has been an increase of 713,700 people moving to the area since April 1st. This kind of growth is due, in large part, to the Amazon headquarters, and this growth is why the cost of housing in Seattle has risen so much in recent years. While this doesn’t mean that housing prices are going to plummet, it does mean that if you are planning on selling your home, you should do so as soon as possible in order to get the highest value possible on your property. Here are some tips.


Get started ASAP

We’re already close to end of 2018, so if selling is in your periphery, we recommend taking the steps to sell your house today. Take the time to understand the real estate market in Seattle and in your specific neighborhood. This will help you determine what people are looking for in a home and what types of people are buying. We always suggest hiring a real estate agent to help you with the process since they’re the experts on what works and what doesn’t.


Learn what months are the best

“Best” could mean one of two things: best for selling fast and best for selling for a high profit. If you plan on selling anytime soon, you should pinpoint which “best” boat you’re in and look into the data. This will help with the planning process. The best times to sell in Seattle include the following:


For those who wish to sell quickly

Want to sell your home and be done with it in no time? Nationwide data suggests that the best time to sell quickly is in the month of January, with homes staying on the market about 32 days less compared to the monthly average. If you’re in a hurry to sell your home, then we also suggest avoiding selling during the month of January.

It takes time to prepare your home for the market. Whether it is renovating, decluttering, painting, staging, cleaning the interior and exterior, or booking professional photography, you’ll want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you list the home. These tasks take time, but a top realtor your area will be able to determine what you should or shouldn’t do to prepare for sale. Get ahead of the game and speak to an agent now to have your home listed in January.

Regardless of when you decide to sell in Seattle, one thing is guaranteed, and that’s finding a realtor to work on your behalf to take the stress out of selling.

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    soumak ghosh
    00:00 14 Nov 19
    They were representing the seller and I was the buyer. Very limited communication from the agents. Waited days for a response for any email/text. Would eventually get a response after multiple follow ups. Almost cost us the deal.
    Sarah Donaldson
    Sarah Donaldson
    18:44 18 Jul 19
    Darcie was such a joy to work with. She felt like family during the sale of our house and the search for our new home. We may have found our forever home, but if we ever need a Realtor in future, Darcie from Real Estate Gals will be our first call.
    Brian Heagler
    Brian Heagler
    16:55 02 Jun 19
    I have worked with Johnine and her team for 19 years and have always received personal, knowledgeable and professional service and attention! There is never and pressure and they will guide you away from a property when appropriate, which is always appreciated when a market is hot and the tendency is to move quickly. I trust them and have never been let down!
    Anne Slater
    Anne Slater
    18:03 25 May 19
    Johnine Larsen is fabulous! She listened and came up with ways we could get what we wanted in a house and stay within our limited budget. When we found the house we wanted, she moved super fast to get the house inspected and implemented creative ideas to make our offer appealing. And out of 13 offers, we were selected and got our house. I recommend her to anyone buying a home.
    Amy Burdick
    Amy Burdick
    19:13 24 May 19
    Real Estate Gals made sure we found our perfect house! Then, when we were up against other bidders, Johnine worked tirelessly to ensure we were tops! Her extensive real estate experience combined with exceptional character and integrity provided peace of mind throughout the process. She also made sure we received the right value as a seller and got the transaction done quickly and efficiently. Simply stated: there is nobody better to help you find your dream home.
    Bill Hollman
    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
    I'd give Real Estate Gals 6 stars if I could. We have used them multiple times, both in selling and buying homes in Seattle and the surrounding area. I can't say enough about the professionalism, knowledge, and patience they bring to the task of buying a new home, or selling your current residence. And they know the Seattle area so well, they'll offer valuable insights into the pros and cons of any location you may be to considering. Look no further, call Johnine at Real Estate Gals. You will be glad you did!
    Beth Guerra
    Beth Guerra
    01:14 18 May 19
    Johnine was a breath of fresh air in the real estate market. She listened intently to our wishes and goals, and was tireless in her search for our perfect house. She is well versed in both Seattle and the surrounding areas. She made sure all the details were taken care of after the inspection, and made the closing process seamless. She even gifted us with a housewarming present. Nearly 7 years later, we still receive holiday cards and well wishes. I highly recommend Real Estate Gals and will look no further in the future.
    Aidan Key
    Aidan Key
    15:44 17 May 19
    Johnine and the Real Estate Gals brilliantly took us through the home buying process two different times. Their willingness to educate (I was new), hear our home hopes, and support us through the process are a few of the reasons that I highly recommend this team. Speaking of a team, I love their collaborative business model - it meant that we--the home buyers--always had a returned phone call and an ability to look at a house on OUR schedule. Truly felt like they place the customer first!
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