When Is the Best Time to Sell a Home in Los Angeles?

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By Jon Stubbs Updated July 1, 2024

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The best month to sell a house in Los Angeles is June. Last year, the average listing price for Los Angeles homes in June was $874,333, which is $35,930 more than the annual average.

The best month to sell your house fast in Los Angeles is February, because that's when homes tend to spend the least amount of time on the market. Last year, Los Angeles homes sold in February were on the market for an average of 36 days, which is 5 days faster than the annual average.

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Best time to sell in Los Angeles for speed

In Los Angeles, the fastest month to sell is February, when homes spend an average of 36 days on the market (DOM) — 5 days less than the annual average.

When a market has a low average DOM, that's usually an indicator of favorable conditions for sellers, i.e., a high demand among buyers. The annual average in Los Angeles is 41 days on the market, compared to the national average of 63 days.

When a local average DOM is less than the national average, it indicates a seller's market in that area. Conversely, when the local average DOM exceeds the national average, it indicates a buyer's market, meaning a less desirable time to sell.

We looked at data from 2016 onward to determine historically good months to sell quickly in Los Angeles.

Month Days on market[1] Difference from average
January 55 14 days slower
February 36 5 days faster
March 36 5 days faster
April 36 5 days faster
May 37 4 days faster
June 36 5 days faster
July 38 3 days faster
August 39 2 days faster
September 42 1 days slower
October 42 1 days slower
November 46 5 days slower
December 54 13 days slower
Annual Average 41
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Best time to sell in Los Angeles for price

The best month to sell for top dollar in Los Angeles is June, when homes sell for an average of $874,333 (or $35,930 more than the annual average).

Historical data can help you understand when prices in Los Angeles are typically at their annual high and low. While each year will have slight variations, we looked at sale prices since 2016 to determine the trends and average prices for each month.

Month Average sale price[1] Difference from average
January $815,392 -$23,011
February $839,048 $645
March $862,268 $23,865
April $857,307 $18,904
May $864,244 $25,841
June $874,333 $35,930
July $850,744 $12,341
August $835,551 -$2,852
September $816,654 -$21,749
October $816,497 -$21,906
November $813,732 -$24,671
December $815,067 -$23,336
Annual Average $838,403
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Top ways to sell your house no matter the time of year

If you need to sell your Los Angeles home and it's not the best time of year to list, you still have options.

  • Sell your home quickly: Sell to a cash buyer or an iBuyer. Cash buyers are best for sellers who need to sell in a matter of days without investing any money to fix up or stage the home. iBuyers can also close quickly with cash, but your house needs to be in good condition to qualify.
  • Save money with a discount realtor: List with a discount brokerage and work with full-service agents who work for reduced commissions.
  • Sell without a realtor: List with a flat fee MLS company. You'll save on listing commission, but you'll need to complete every step of the selling process yourself, making this option best for experienced sellers with extra time on their hands.
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Our Research Team uses real estate data from reputable sources, such as Zillow, Realtor.com, and FreddieMac, to determine the best and worst months to sell a house in Los Angeles. We analyze monthly trends for listing prices, housing inventory, and mortgage rates and refresh that data on our pages as the primary sources update.

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When's the best time to sell a home in Los Angeles?

If you're after the best sales price, the best month to sell in Los Angeles is June when houses sell for 7.50% more than average.

If your priority is speed, February is the best time to sell because homes tend to sell 5 days faster than average.

When's the worst time to sell a home in Los Angeles?

January is the month when homes sell for the least amount of money. When it comes to a quick sale, January is the worst time to list. Homes stay on the market for an average of 57 days.

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Article Sources

[1] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Housing Data". Updated May 1, 2024.

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