When is the Best Time to Sell Your Metro DC Home?

Now that we’re inching toward the summer season and the real estate market has certainly been heating up, you may have heard that now is a great time to sell your Metro DC home.

There are indeed more buyers in search of properties in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia, home prices are rising, and landing top dollar is not so uncommon anymore— but just remember, timing is everything!

The assumption that spring is the proper time is not always accurate. Below are four things to consider if you’re ready to sell your DC Metro home.

Spring isn’t always best

Many believe that spring is the best time to sell your Washington DC area home, however according to Realtor.com, “one recent study found that sellers typically net more above asking price during the months of December, January, February, and March than they do from June through November.”

One reason for this is that the spring buying season typically means you’ll have more competition from other sellers, and in turn, price your home more aggressively to attract buyers. 

Mortgage rates matter

When mortgage rates are on the rise, buyers may tend to stay on the fence. And on the flip side, when rates drop, more people tend to buy homes. As a seller, keep an eye on mortgage rates to be aware of changes in the local market.

The condition of your home

Your DC or Maryland home will need to show well if you’re going to attract buyers in a busy market. This means it’s time to tackle those repairs and home projects to make sure the property is in tip-top shape. Everything from painting to plumbing repairs can ensure you pique buyer interest among your competition.

The local economy 

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the local economy to determine the best time to sell your Metro DC home. According to a Realtor.com analysis of annual price growth rates, “a home’s value generally increases 3% to 4% a year when the economy is strong, driven by inflation and natural population growth. From 2011 to 2016, the national housing market was recovering from the bubble at a slightly higher speed: 6.3% a year, on average.”

Questions about selling your home in Maryland, DC, or Northern Virginia? Give The Estridge Group a call! We’d be glad to help you navigate the process!