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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.