Average Time to Sell a House in Michigan


Clever Real Estate


February 17th, 2020


Getting ready to sell your Michigan 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 Michigan — from listing through closing — is approximately 66 days. That’s 31 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Michigan 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 Michigan — 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 Michigan?

  Average Time to Sell* Average Price**
National 80 days $307,750
State 66 $184,417

*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 Michigan in 2020 is 66 days — 31 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 17.50% 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 Michigan

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 Michigan 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 Michigan.

Best month to sell a house fast in Michigan

  Month* Days on Market*
Best Month May 20 days
Worst Month February 46 days

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

The best month to sell a house fast in Michigan is May. The median time it takes for Michigan homes listed in May to get an offer is 20 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 Michigan for price

  Month* Median Price*
Best Month June $196,000
Worst Month January $165,000

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

The best month to sell a house in Michigan in terms of sale price is June. The median sale price in June is $196,000, which is 6.28% — or $11,583 — more than the annual average.

5 tips to get your Michigan home sold

1. Price for the Michigan market

Pricing your house effectively is by far the best way to sell your home faster. Overpriced houses will sit on the market for longer than necessary — regardless of the season.

It is essential to educate yourself on your local market, or better yet work with a professional agent. An experienced real estate agent can accurately assess the value of your home to reflect the market.

2. Make important repairs

If there are features or fixtures in your home that you know will not pass inspection, consider making repairs or replacing them before any potential buyers point them out.

It may be something as minor as repairing a leaky faucet or something significant like replacing your roof. Utilizing the knowledge a professional real estate agent can help you to decide which repairs need doing in order to sell your home.

3. Ensure your home is presentable

The winter months in Michigan can make it difficult to showcase your landscaping or optimize your curb appeal. From inches of snow to fallen leaves, it can be difficult for potential buyers to see the potential of your home.

Tasks such as sweeping the driveway and clearing out the guttering can go a long way in making buyers feel like they won’t need to invest lots of time maintaining the home.

Similarly, it’s crucial the interior of your home is bright and inviting. A fresh coat of paint on the walls or trim can make your home appear inviting and clean to buyers. First impression count so make sure yours is a good one.

4. Make it easy to show your home

In order to attract the most buyers possible, you need to make it easy to show your home. Utilizing a lockbox can make showings easy for other agents and their buyers — especially if they work unconventional hours.

Similarly, ensure that your home is always presentable, this way you won’t be caught off guard by an unexpected showing.

5. Consider holding open houses

Selling your home is effectively a numbers game; the more people who see your home, the higher the chance of selling it quickly.

If you’re comfortable with allowing your agent to hold open houses, it can be a great way to attract buyers. Not all buyers wish to set up appointments, especially if their schedule can change at a moments notice. Open houses allow buyers to drop by and view your home easily and conveniently.

Next steps for Michigan home sellers

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

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Michigan. 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 18 days faster than the average time to offer in Michigan.

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