Average Time to Sell a House in Washington in 2021

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Kristen Klempert

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December 30th, 2020

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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).

  • In 2021, the average time it takes to sell a home in Washington — from listing through closing — is approximately 81 days. That’s 46 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.

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 Washington?


Average Time to Sell*
Average Price*
National
99 days
$601,428
State
81
$685,905
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The average time it takes to sell a house in Washington in 2021 is 81 days — 46 days to get an offer and an additional 35 days to close. This is approximately 17.9% 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) times 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?

» LEARN: the best time to sell in Washington

Best month to sell a house fast in Washington


Month*
Days on Market**
Best Month
August
37 days
Worst Month
January
77 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 Washington is August. The median time it takes for Washington homes listed in August to sell is 37 days, which is 27 days faster than the annual average.

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

Best month to sell a house in Washington for price


Month*
Average Price*
Best Month
November
$745,180
Worst Month
January
$646,933
*Based on Realtor.com Data (December, 2020)

The best month to sell a house in Washington in terms of sale price is November. The median sale price in November is $745,180, which is 8.0% — or $59,275 — more than the annual average.

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, re-shingling 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.

» LEARN: more about low-commission real estate agents

Importantly, home sellers who list with Clever get their first qualified offer in an average of 13 days* — that’s 33 days faster than the average time to offer in Washington.

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 Washington:
59 days
81 days
National Average:
80 days
99 days
Average Sale Price in Washington:
$442,083
$685,905
National Average:
$307,750
$601,428
Best Month for Speed:
May, with an average of 12 days on market
August, with an average of 37 days on market
Best Month for Price:
May, with an average sale price of $461,000
November, with an average sale price of $745,180
*Based on data gathered from Realtor.com and Zillow Data Center

Additional resources for Washington home sellers