Seattle homeowners don't really need any kind of leg-up at this point. 2015 was a banner year for sellers and the lack of inventory out there is driving prices up even further. Still, if a seller was still looking for a way to ensure that their home spent as little time on the market as possible, they'd be best to wait until the beginning of May to list it.
For sellers hoping to sell quickly and get the maximum sale price for your home, the time to list is right in the first half of May. Nationally, homes sold May 1-15 sell about 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing. That means an average premium of $1,700 for the seller of a median home.
Those numbers are national but consider that Seattle's housing market is moving faster than the national average, so all of those numbers are probably even too high.
Zillow timed this announcement with the release of a new features called The Best Time to List which estimates how much more money a seller can make by changing the listing date on their individual house. Registered Zillow users can find it by clicking the "Sell Your Home" on the home details page for your home.
· Time Your Listing in the Magic Window to Sell Faster and for More Money [Zillow]
· The 10 Most Shocking Numbers in NWMLS's 2015 Summary [CS]
· Lack of Seattle-Area Inventory 'Overwhelming' the Market [CS]