Getting ready to sell your South Carolina 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 South Carolina — from listing through closing — is approximately 113 days. That’s 78 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
- Key factors that impact South Carolina 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 South Carolina — 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 South Carolina?
|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 South Carolina in 2020 is 113 days — 78 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 41.25% 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 South Carolina
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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina
|Month*||Days on Market*|
|Best Month||May||68 days|
|Worst Month||February||95 days|
*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house fast in South Carolina is May. The median time it takes for South Carolina homes listed in May to get an offer is 68 days, which is 10 days faster than the annual average.
Best month to sell a house in South Carolina for price
*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house in South Carolina in terms of sale price is June. The median sale price in June is $253,000, which is 5.23% — or $12,583 — more than the annual average.
5 tips to get your South Carolina home sold
1. Price your home competitively
Pricing your home competitively will not only help you sell your home quicker, but it will make you stand out from other sellers. During a hot seller's market, it's crucial that you do things to stand out from the competition. If you price your house in a range that's not too low or too high, you'll bring in more buyers and hopefully secure a sale in a short amount of time.
2. Market your home
Taking the time to properly prepare your home will do wonders for attracting qualified buyers. First, you'll want to do some basic repairs and general home improvement that spice the house up. This can be touching up paint, pulling some weeds, and getting your carpet steam cleaned. Once the house is ready, you'll want to get some professional photos taken.
Having professional photos of your house will not only make you appear more legitimate, but great photos are what's going to make you stand out on listing sites. If you have the experience, you can take the photos yourself. However, if you are unsure of what you should be taking photos off, you might be better off hiring a professional photographer.
If you are working with a real estate agent to sell your home, they should either have the skills to do it themselves or have someone in their list of contacts to help. Once you have photos taken, it's time to create your listings.
For your listing description, you need to be accurate with enough details to lay everything out for potential buyers. It might be helpful to think of this from a buyer’s perspective. Would you want to schedule a showing on a house that has almost no information or photos on the listing? Probably not.
You can also choose to stage your home if you decide to take advantage of open houses. These are a great way to meet potential buyers and get honest feedback about your house. Again, real estate agents have experience with staging homes and will be able to help you make your house look its best.
3. Work with a real estate agent
As mentioned previously, working with a real estate agent can benefit you greatly. They are experts in this field and know what works and what doesn't. Your agent will be able to assist you in every step of the process, from setting the listing price, taking photos, staging the home, and preparing proper documents for closing day.
4. Negotiate like a pro
The negotiation process is often what makes or breaks a sell. Sometimes, buyers will submit an offer that might not contain everything a seller wants from the sale. Knowing how to submit respectfully counter offers without scaring off the buyer is something your real estate agent will be able to help you on. You might also be able to walk away with a higher profit depending on the terms you and the buyer agree on.
If you are choosing to sell your home without a real estate agent, you will want to do some extensive research on negotiation etiquette and practices. Doing a FSBO (for sale by owner) deal can work if you know what you're doing.
5. Offer to make upgrades
Offering to make upgrades and repairs is going to work out in your favor when it's time to negotiate the price. This also sets you apart from the competition because buyers are always looking for ways to save money. If they are already having to pay for a down payment, why would they want to also pay to fix something that broke while you were living there?
You also have to remember that a buyer might not be willing to pay a higher price on a house that needs a new water heater or grass. This is when investing your money is going to increase your house value and attract buyers.
Next steps for South Carolina home sellers
If you’re looking to sell your home fast in South Carolina and get a great price, Clever can help.
Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout South Carolina. 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 65 days faster than the average time to offer in South Carolina.
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*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2019.
Additional resources for South Carolina home sellers
- Top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in South Carolina
- How much does it cost to sell a home in South Carolina?
- 8 steps to selling a house in South Carolina
- What’s the average real estate commission in South Carolina?