Average Time to Sell a House in Rhode Island


Jamie Ayers


February 17th, 2020


Getting ready to sell your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island — from listing through closing — is approximately 92 days. That’s 57 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
  • Key factors that impact Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island — 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 Rhode Island?

  Average Time to Sell* Average Price**
National 80 days $307,750
State 92 $285,417

*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 Rhode Island in 2020 is 92 days — 57 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 15% 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 Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

Best month to sell a house fast in Rhode Island

  Month* Days on Market*
Best Month June 44 days
Worst Month February 77 days

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

The best month to sell a house fast in Rhode Island is June. The median time it takes for Rhode Island homes listed in June to get an offer is 44 days, which is 13 days faster than the annual average.

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

Best month to sell a house in Rhode Island for price

  Month* Median Price*
Best Month November $299,000
Worst Month February $254,000

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

The best month to sell a house in Rhode Island in terms of sale price is November. The median sale price in November is $299,000, which is 4.76% — or $13,583 — more than the annual average.

5 tips to get your Rhode Island home sold

1. Utilize a comparative market analysis

A comparative market analysis (CMA) helps determine your home’s listing sales price by comparing your house to prices of similar homes sold in the area. The CMA gives you a guide on how to price your home competitively.

If you price your home too high compared to other homes in the neighborhood, buyers will overlook your home and it will stay on the market longer making it even less attractive to buyers.

On the other hand, if you price your home too low, buyers will be wary of making an offer assuming there is something wrong with the house.

2. Enhance curb appeal with the cape cod style

One of the more popular styles of homes in Rhode Island is the Cape Cod. The Cape Cod is best known for its flat front façade, centered front door with symmetrical windows on either side, slanted roof, and small front yard, usually transformed into a garden rather than simply grass.

You can spruce up your curb appeal and attract even more buyer offers by playing up the Cape Cod style. Plant native wildflowers in the front yard, paint the door a bright welcoming color, and paint the window shutters matching colors to highlight the symmetry.

3. Simple remodels and repairs

A few inexpensive improvements you can make to your home include putting on a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom and kitchen, cleaning and decluttering your home, and adding smart technology through the house.

Adding smart house features like the ability to adjust the thermostat from your phone, put the lights on a timer, or install security features like a smart lock, can add value and draw in more buyer offers.

4. Highlight your location

Make sure potential buyers know the perks of living in your home’s neighborhood. Are you close to great schools? Are you able to walk to parks, coffee shops, or a grocery store? Do you have close access to public transportation?

Especially in Rhode Island with many buyers working outside the state in Massachusetts and Connecticut, you want to highlight short commute times as well as if you’re near any major highways that make it more convenient to travel back and forth out of the state.

5. Make your home stand out with workable shutters

Rhode Island’s Cape Cod style homes all were originally built with working shutters that could open and close to help protect against the cold weather elements. While these homes still have the quintessential shutters, they’re now simply decorative.

Give your home the edge and convert your decorative shutters into working ones. Not only will it be a unique feature but can also better help insulate the home during the winter months.

Next steps for Rhode Island home sellers

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

Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Rhode Island. 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 44 days faster than the average time to offer in Rhode Island.

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