Getting ready to sell your Florida 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 Florida — from listing through closing — is approximately 90 days. That’s 55 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
- Key factors that impact Florida 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 Florida — 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 Florida?
|Average Time to Sell*||Average Price**|
*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 Florida in 2020 is 90 days — 55 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 12.50% slower 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 Florida
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 Florida 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?
Best month to sell a house fast in Florida
|Month*||Days on Market*|
|Best Month||November||51 days|
|Worst Month||February||65 days|
*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house fast in Florida is November. The median time it takes for Florida homes listed in November to get an offer is 51 days, which is 4 days faster than the annual average.
Best month to sell a house in Florida for price
*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house in Florida in terms of sale price is December. The median sale price in December is $266,000, which is 3.43% — or $8,833 — more than the annual average.
5 tips to get your Florida home sold
1. Set the right price
In a hot seller’s market such as Florida, there can be a temptation to set a target price and stick to it. This approach could work in your favor — eventually. If your target asking price is within reason, a buyer who’s willing to meet that number will most likely come along. You may just need to be patient and know that it might not happen right away.
If we’re talking about selling fast, however, a little compromise will inevitably go a long way. Taking a slightly lower, but fair offer could save you days, weeks, or even months of negotiations — and is something to consider if you’re ultimate goal is to sell fast.
2. Make small improvements
Florida buyers are sophisticated; the dominant aesthetic in Florida right now leans more towards minimalism, with clean lines and very little visual clutter. If it’s been a few years since your last home refresh, a little renovation can make your living space a lot more appealing to potential home buyers.
Simple changes like updating light fixtures, removing heavy window treatments that block light and hiding personal belongings can make all the difference to conjuring up prospective buyer interest in the Sunshine State.
3. Update the pool
The state of Florida as a whole sees some pretty hot temperatures. For this reason, in-ground pools are an excellent selling point for Florida home buyers, especially for out-of-towners. Putting in a whole new pool might be a bit of a big project, but updating your existing pool can add just what you need to catch a buyer’s eye.
4. Make all repairs
When showing your home, it’s important to make the best possible impression on prospective buyers. That’s exactly why you’ll want to get your home in the best possible shape beforehand. It’s finally time to take care of all those repairs you’ve been putting off; anything from painting that chipped mailbox, to buffing the hardwood floors can make a big difference.
If you have more serious issues, such as problems involving the foundation or the home’s structural integrity, it’s always best to consult with your real estate agent to make sure the investment is worth it.
5. Stage your home
Staging your home is an important step to take when showing your home to potential buyers, either during open houses or private showings of your home. Be sure to remove anything that prevents buyers from seeing your home as their own. Your pictures on the wall or your kid’s toys scattered across the living room make that a bit challenging.
Although you may consider it an unnecessary step, staging your home will actually put more money in your pocket. In fact, buyers are willing to pay anywhere from 1% to 5% more with a staged home.
A professional will come in and help you open up space by removing or rearranging furniture, spruce up your curb appeal, and overall, create a home where buyers can imagine themselves living comfortably.
Next steps for Florida home sellers
If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Florida and get a great price, Clever can help.
Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Florida. 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.
Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 13 days* — that’s 42 days faster than the average time to offer in Florida.
Sell your house fast and save thousands!
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*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2019.
Additional resources for Florida home sellers
- How to sell your house fast in Florida
- How much does it cost to sell a home in Florida?
- 8 steps to selling a house in Florida
- What’s the average real estate commission in Florida?