Average Time to Sell a House in Rhode Island in 2021

Jamie Ayers

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Jamie Ayers

July 3rd, 2021
Updated July 3rd, 2021

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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).

Time to sell a home in Rhode Island

  • In 2021, the average time it takes to sell a home in Rhode Island — from listing through closing — is approximately 80 days. That’s 45 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.

Editor’s Note: The data in this article may be slightly skewed because of COVID-19’s disruptive effect on 2020 real estate trends. See the table at the end of this article to compare data from 2020 and 2019 and see how drastically trends were affected in your state.

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


Average Time to Sell*
Average Price*
National
90 days
$736,035
State
80
$788,674
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Rhode Island in 2021 is 80 days — 45 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 11.1%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 Rhode Island

In addition to the average days on market and list price data, we’ve compiled data on the BEST (and worst) times 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: 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
28.5 days
Worst Month
January
57 days
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)
**Days on market doesn't include the amount of time it typically includes to close (about 35 days)

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 sell is 28.5 days, which is 16.5 days faster than the annual average.

» READ: a comprehensive guide on how to sell your house fast

Best month to sell a house in Rhode Island for price


Month*
Average Price*
Best Month
February
$442,450
Worst Month
December
$387,000
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The best month to sell a house in Rhode Island in terms of sale price is February. The median sale price in February is $442,450, which is 8.2% — or $33,446 — more than the annual average.

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

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 24.1 days* — that’s 21 days faster than the average time to offer in Rhode Island.

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 2020

Average time to sell in 2019


2019*
2020*
Average Time to Sell in Rhode Island:
92 days
80 days
National Average:
80 days
90 days
Average Sale Price in Rhode Island:
$285,417
$788,674
National Average:
$307,750
$736,035
Best Month for Speed:
June, with an average of 44 days on market
June, with an average of 28.5 days on market
Best Month for Price:
November, with an average sale price of $299,000
February, with an average sale price of $442,450
*Based on data gathered from Realtor.com and Zillow Data Center

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