The Best Time to Sell a House, According to a New Study

In a new study, researchers at Zillow found that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that timeframe. Homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to a premium of about $1,700.

The spring housing season kicked off this year with a record low number of homes for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of homes for sale in December 2015 was down nearly 4 percent from the same time last year, while the number of homes sold was up nearly 8 percent. Even as new listings came on the market around President’s Day — the weekend real estate agents recognize as the start of the spring housing season — the inventory was still smaller than in years past.

“There’s a low supply of homes for sale this year, which has increased buyer competition,” Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, told The Huffington Post. “Therefore, home shoppers who start their search in early spring may not be able to secure a house as quickly or easily as they’d hoped. By May they’ll be anxious to find a home before the next school year — and will be more willing to pay a premium to close the deal.”

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