Average Time to Sell a House in Delaware


Clever Real Estate


February 17th, 2020


Getting ready to sell your Delaware home? Here's how long you can expect it to take — and some tips on how to speed things up (and still get a great price).

Updated February 17, 2020

  • In 2020, the average time it takes to sell a home in Delaware — from listing through closing — is approximately 78 days. That’s 43 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Delaware home sale timelines include local market conditions (e.g., buyer demand, job market, rising home values, etc.), time of year, and your property’s type and condition.
  • Your agent’s listing strategy (pricing, marketing, networking, etc.) and the buyer’s financing situation — i.e., the amount of time it takes for them to secure loan approval — will also influence how long your sale ultimately takes.

Read on to learn more about how long it takes to sell a house in Delaware — and get some pro tips on how to speed up your sale, get better offers, and save thousands in the process.

What’s the average time to sell a house in Delaware?

Average Time to Sell* Average Price**
National 80 days $307,750
State 78 $233,750

*Redfin Data Center (average of median days on market in 2019)
**Redfin Data Center (average of median price in 2019)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Delaware in 2020 is 78 days — 43 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 2.50% faster than the national average. Keep in mind that these are annual averages and the numbers will vary by month and/or season.

Best time to sell a house in Delaware

In addition to the average days on market and list price data, we’ve compiled data on the BEST (and worst) time to sell your Delaware house based on what’s most important to you:

  • Fastest Time to Sell: When should you list your home if you’re looking to sell quickly?
  • Highest Sale Price: What month should you list in to get the best possible price for your home?

> Learn more about the best time to sell in Delaware.

Best month to sell a house fast in Delaware

Month* Days on Market*
Best Month June 32 days
Worst Month February 61 days

*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)

The best month to sell a house fast in Delaware is June. The median time it takes for Delaware homes listed in June to get an offer is 32 days, which is 11 days faster than the annual average.

> Read our comprehensive guide on how to sell your house fast.

Best month to sell a house in Delaware for price

Month* Median Price*
Best Month August $252,000
Worst Month January $219,000

*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)

The best month to sell a house in Delaware in terms of sale price is August. The median sale price in August is $252,000, which is 7.81% — or $18,250 — more than the annual average.

5 tips to get your Delaware home sold

1. Work With a Professional

The best thing you as a homeowner can do to move your house quickly is to partner with an expert local agent. Your Clever Partner Agent will know how to strategically price your home to sell, and that doesn't mean you will receive rock-bottom offers.

Any real estate agent worth their salt knows that setting an asking price too low makes buyers nervous. If the asking price is too high, home buyers will avoid even looking at the property.

Setting an appropriate asking price is as much of an art as it is a science. Let your real estate agent work their magic to help you set an appropriate price for your house.

2. Make Your Bathtub Shine

Home buyers like clean, tidy houses. When buyers see a beautifully clean house, they assume that your home has been well-maintained. Hire a professional cleaning crew if you aren't up to the task.

3. Take Advantage of the Hot Delaware Market

Home inventory is low in Delaware right now. Instead of a normal six-month inventory, Delaware has a three month supply of homes.

Take advantage of this trend by putting your house on the market sooner rather than later.

4. Set the Stage

Hiring a professional to stage your home will make your home sell faster. You may think your home is artfully decorated, but stagers know what to do to make homes look their best. Your stager may recommend bringing in furniture and artwork. They may also ask you to remove clutter to make spaces seem more substantial. Listen to their advice.

5. Avoid iBuyers

You may receive an email from a company that offers to buy your house sight unseen. The email may promise you a fast closing process. You may be tempted to take a lower offer just to sell your house quickly so you can move on with your life.

The problem with iBuyers is that there is no guarantee that the closing process will be any faster with them than if you sold your home through an agent. In fact, when you have an agent, you have a person to turn to who can try to speed the process along. When you work with iBuyers, you don't have anyone looking out for your best interests.

Next steps for Delaware home sellers

If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Delaware and get a great price, Clever can help.

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Delaware. Get full service and support for a flat $3,000 listing fee — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000. You’ll still have to offer a buyer’s agent commission, per the standard rate in your area (typically 2.5-3%), but overall, you’ll still save up to 50% on standard commission fees.

> Learn more about low-commission real estate agents here.

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 13 days* — that’s 30 days faster than the average time to offer in Delaware.

Sell your house fast and save thousands!

Work with a top local agent for a fraction of the typical cost.

*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2019.

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