Average Time to Sell a House in Ohio

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Jamie Ayers

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February 17th, 2020

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Getting ready to sell your Ohio 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 Ohio — from listing through closing — is approximately 87 days. That’s 52 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Ohio 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 Ohio — 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 Ohio?

  Average Time to Sell* Average Price**
National 80 days $307,750
State 87 $171,250

*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 Ohio in 2020 is 87 days — 52 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 8.75% 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 Ohio

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 Ohio 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 Ohio.

Best month to sell a house fast in Ohio

  Month* Days on Market*
Best Month May 44 days
Worst Month February 68 days

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

The best month to sell a house fast in Ohio is May. The median time it takes for Ohio homes listed in May to get an offer is 44 days, which is 8 days faster than the annual average.

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

Best month to sell a house in Ohio for price

  Month* Median Price*
Best Month June $190,000
Worst Month January $149,000

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

The best month to sell a house in Ohio in terms of sale price is June. The median sale price in June is $190,000, which is 10.95% — or $18,750 — more than the annual average.

5 tips to get your Ohio home sold

1. List in the summer

We’ve seen that homes that go up for sale in summer sell the quickest and demand the highest prices. But why is summer such a good time to sell a house in Ohio?

Firstly, summer is the time of year during which people tend to have the most downtime on their hands. They’re either off work taking vacations or have more off days than usual from school or other obligations.

All that extra time gives home sellers a chance to conduct the sale in a more thoughtful, leisurely manner. Potential buyers have more time to take a look at homes and have conversations about what they’re looking for.

In addition to that, summer is when the curb appeal of Ohio homes is at its maximum. The bright sunlight, flower-laden trees, and lush yards make an attractive sight for buyers.

2. Hire a professional photographer

This flows out of what we talked about in the last point. Ohio has beautiful summers with long days and plenty of bright sunlight. It’s a season when your house looks great in natural light. The best way to take advantage of that is by hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of the home.

Having high-quality photos is essential, so you can effectively market your home. With more and more buyers looking for homes on the Internet, it’s pictures of your home that will create a first impression among your target market. You may also be able to get your photographer to create virtual tours of your home, which is another effective way to market the property.

3. Invest in the right renovations

Renovating parts of your home can help you sell it faster and at a higher price than otherwise. But it’s important that you choose the right upgrades to make.

The best way to know what renovations to make is by having an understanding of the local market and the buyer demographics. Sellers marketing their homes to young professionals might choose to give the interior a more modern look. If you’re selling to families, on the other hand, the focus might be on functional elements like the kitchen and safety features.

4. Pay attention to the garage

It’s natural for homeowners to pay attention to how the front of the house looks, but don’t forget to tidy up the garage.

This is important because the snowy winters in Ohio make garages a must-have feature. Most people don’t enjoy having to dig their cars out from under the snow every wintery day. Many also use their garage as extra storage space for things that they don’t want in the house.

In cities where the competition is high, a spacious, well-designed garage could be the difference between finding a buyer quickly and spending a long time on the market.

5. Avoid we buy houses for cash companies

We Buy Houses for Cash signs are easy to spot in all of the major cities across Ohio. When trying to sell a home fast, you may be tempted to work with such a company. This isn’t a good idea, especially if you want to sell your house at the right price.

We Buy Houses for Cash companies act as dual agents in the sale of a home. That means that they represent both buyer and the seller, which is an obvious conflict of interest. This results in sellers making much lower than what they would have if they hire a real estate agent to assist them.

Such services also process titles themselves as a way to save money. This could cost you down the road since the due diligence is done poorly.

Next steps for Ohio home sellers

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

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Ohio. 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 39 days faster than the average time to offer in Ohio.

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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