When Is the Best Time to Sell a Home in Seattle?

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By Jon Stubbs Updated June 19, 2024

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The best month to sell a house in Seattle is June. Last year, the average listing price for Seattle homes in June was $638,542, which is $45,644 more than the annual average.

The best month to sell your house fast in Seattle is May, because that's when homes tend to spend the least amount of time on the market. Last year, Seattle homes sold in May were on the market for an average of 24 days, which is 11 days faster than the annual average.

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Best time to sell in Seattle for speed

In Seattle, the fastest month to sell is May, when homes spend an average of 24 days on the market (DOM) — 11 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 Seattle is 35 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 Seattle.

Month Days on market[1] Difference from average
January 53 18 days slower
February 33 2 days faster
March 27 8 days faster
April 25 10 days faster
May 24 11 days faster
June 26 9 days faster
July 30 5 days faster
August 32 3 days faster
September 36 1 days slower
October 37 2 days slower
November 44 9 days slower
December 52 17 days slower
Annual Average 35
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Best time to sell in Seattle for price

The best month to sell for top dollar in Seattle is June, when homes sell for an average of $638,542 (or $45,644 more than the annual average).

Historical data can help you understand when prices in Seattle 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 $570,973 -$21,925
February $591,566 -$1,332
March $609,657 $16,759
April $626,639 $33,741
May $637,933 $45,035
June $638,542 $45,644
July $604,117 $11,219
August $592,019 -$879
September $560,216 -$32,682
October $563,888 -$29,010
November $560,158 -$32,740
December $559,067 -$33,831
Annual Average $592,898
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Top ways to sell your house no matter the time of year

If you need to sell your Seattle 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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Data sources

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 Seattle. 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 Seattle?

If you're after the best sales price, the best month to sell in Seattle is June when houses sell for 5.60% more than average.

If your priority is speed, May is the best time to sell because homes tend to sell 11 days faster than average.

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

December 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 59 days.

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[1] Realtor.com – "Realtor.com Housing Data". Updated <span style="color:red; font-weight:bold;">#ERROR No data for seattle_wa.realtorcom_date</span>.

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