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The Best Time of the Year to List a Home in Chicagoland

by Peter Thomas Ricci

When is the best time to list your client’s home? The answer may surprise you

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The best time to list a home in Chicagoland’s housing market is between May 1 and May 15, according to a new analysis from Zillow.

Listing homes during that time period, Zillow found, sells a listing 22.5 days faster than the Chicagoland average, and adds a $2,400 premium to the sale price; for its findings, Zillow analyzed the historical listing, sale and Zestimate data of single-family homes and condos between 2008 and 2015.

Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, emphasized the importance of low inventory in today’s housing market.

“Faced with increasingly competitive markets, many buyers are forced to consider several homes and make multiple offers, elongating the home shopping experience,” Gudell said. “By listing homes further into the shopping season, sellers may attract buyers who are increasingly eager to purchase and may be more willing to pay a premium for the home.”

Here is a chart that compares Chicago’s market with other major metro areas:

Metro Area Ideal Timeframe to List Days Sold Faster than Avg Avg Sales Premium
Atlanta April 1 – 15 19.5 $2,200
Boston May 16 – 31 12 $5,200
Chicago May 1 – 15 22.5 $2,400
Houston June 1 – 15 12.75 $1,200
Los Angeles May 16- 31 12.5 $5,300
Miami April 16 – 30 16.25 $2,000
New York May 1 – 15 16.5 $2,400
Philadelphia May 1 – 15 12.75 $2,000
San Francisco May 16 – 31 7.5 $12,200
Seattle May 1 – 15 20 $2,600

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