Getting ready to sell your Texas 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 Texas — 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 Texas 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 Texas — 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 Texas?
|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 Texas in 2020 is 80 days — 45 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately equal to 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 Texas
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 Texas 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 Texas
|Month*||Days on Market*|
|Best Month||June||34 days|
|Worst Month||January||58 days|
*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house fast in Texas is June. The median time it takes for Texas homes listed in June to get an offer is 34 days, which is 11 days faster than the annual average.
Best month to sell a house in Texas for price
*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house in Texas in terms of sale price is June. The median sale price in June is $268,000, which is 4.62% — or $11,833 — more than the annual average.
5 tips to get your Texas home sold
1. Price your texas home competitively
While many sellers may think that setting a very high price on their home is the best strategy, doing this tends to lead to lower closing prices and a bad outcome overall for the seller. In Texas, buyers are in control and have no reason to pay a premium.
The best way to ensure your home is correctly priced is to hire a real estate agent who will perform a comparative market analysis, or CMA. This means that the agent will compare your home to similar houses that were recently sold in order to figure out a fair listing price.
2. Stage your home
When you stage your home, your goal is to give buyers a feeling of what living there might actually be like. While you can get creative with your staging, there are a few ground rules you need to follow: remove any personal items, and keep your house clean.
Having personal belongings on display can make it more difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home — to them, it will feel more like they are intruders in your private property. Similarly, taking a tour of a messy or dirty house will not leave the buyer with a positive impression.
If you want to go all out, you can hire an interior designer who will advise you on how to organize your furniture in an appealing way. They can also recommend different pieces of furniture for you to buy to spruce up the interior of your house a bit.
3. Take professional photos
When buyers look through their local real estate listings, the first thing they will see is the pictures. That fraction of a second when they glance over your listing is your window of opportunity, and if you want to make the most of it you’ll need to have photos that will catch a potential buyers’ eye.
Hiring a professional photographer is a great way to ensure your listing makes the best possible first impression. A photographer will know how to take photos that accent your home’s selling features, while hiding its less desirable ones.
4. Make low-cost, high-value improvements
In states with scorching summers like Texas, smart thermostats can be particularly useful: they can sense when someone is in the house, and only turn on the HVAC when the house is occupied.
5. Generate curb appeal
While it may be superficial, home buyers care just as much about how your home looks as how it functions. Luckily, making the outside of your home a bit more appealing can be as easy as buying a new mailbox or trimming the shrubbery. However, if you want to do something a bit more involved, you can consider repainting the front door.
Next steps for Texas home sellers
If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Texas and get a great price, Clever can help.
Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Texas. 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 32 days faster than the average time to offer in Texas.
Sell your house fast and save thousands!
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*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2019.
Additional resources for Texas home sellers
- Top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Texas
- How much does it cost to sell a home in Texas?
- 8 steps to selling a house in Texas
- What’s the average real estate commission in Texas?