Getting ready to sell your Washington 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 Washington — from listing through closing — is approximately 59 days. That’s 24 days to get an offer, plus the typical 35-day closing period.
- Key factors that impact Washington 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 Washington — 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 Washington?
|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 Washington in 2020 is 59 days — 24 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 26.25% 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 Washington
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 Washington 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 Washington
|Month*||Days on Market*|
|Best Month||May||12 days|
|Worst Month||January||46 days|
*Redfin Data Center (median days on market by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house fast in Washington is May. The median time it takes for Washington homes listed in May to get an offer is 12 days, which is 12 days faster than the annual average.
Best month to sell a house in Washington for price
*Redfin Data Center (median sale price by month in 2019)
The best month to sell a house in Washington in terms of sale price is May. The median sale price in May is $461,000, which is 4.28% — or $18,917 — more than the annual average.
5 tips to get your Washington home sold
1. Set a competitive price
Everyone’s looking for a bargain, so one way to set yourself apart from other sellers is to price your home slightly lower than its “real” value. Keep in mind that initially pricing your home low doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll end up selling low. Ideally, your bargain price will attract multiple buyers, which will start a bidding war, and your home will close far above ask.
2. Tailor your home to local tastes
Whatever your personal tastes may be, when it comes to selling your home, you want to appeal to the largest possible number of people. This means staging your home in a way that appeals to contemporary tastes. Think neutral colors, clean lines, and uncluttered surfaces.
If your furniture is worn out or outdated, consider replacing it. And in a state like Washington, where entire months can be rainy and overcast, natural light matters more than ever. Remove all heavy window treatments like drapes and shutters, so your home is as bright and inviting as possible.
3. Make repairs
We all procrastinate on home repairs, but when you’re selling, you want your home to be in the best shape possible. This means freshening up your landscaping, reshingling that bedraggled roof, and repainting those peeling shutters.
Of course, never lose sight of the fact that the point of making repairs is to boost the eventual sale price of your home. Consult with your agent before undertaking any serious repairs to make sure the money you spend on the repairs isn’t more than the money you’ll potentially make in the form of an increased sale price.
4. Presentation is key
Your home’s bright, polished, decluttered, and freshly painted. Now you have to make sure that buyers can see that. Nothing dampens potential interest like a listing with dim, low quality photos, or a vague, perfunctory listing description. Work with a professional real estate photographer to take high quality photos of your home, and consult your agent to craft the most appealing listing description possible.
5. Consider after hours showings
In this day and age, not everyone keeps a conventional schedule. For people who work weekends, or third shift, the traditional Sunday afternoon open house just doesn’t work. If you want to get the most eyeballs possible on your home, you might consider using a lockbox so your agent can show your property after hours or on weekdays. It only takes one qualified buyer to get your home sold, so why not maximize your chances of finding that buyer?
Next steps for Washington home sellers
If you’re looking to sell your home fast in Washington and get a great price, Clever can help.
Clever negotiates reduced rates with top-rated real estate agents throughout Washington. 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 11 days faster than the average time to offer in Washington.
Sell your house fast and save thousands!
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*Average time to offer for Clever home sellers in 2019.
Additional resources for Washington home sellers
- Top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Washington
- How much does it cost to sell a home in Washington?
- 8 steps to selling a house in Washington
- What’s the average real estate commission in Washington?