(Closed) Average time for house to be on market??

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s really subjective, but I can tell you that in my area, that the only houses that are selling are either below market value (mainly short sales), or in a really really good area. Everything else is just sitting. 

That said, a year is really pushing it. If you really love it, then you might need to make a new game plan. 

Post # 4
2790 posts
Sugar bee

@Cheesy Potatoes: I think it really depends on how nice the house is, what it offers in terms of beds, baths, updates etc. Also, what it is priced at now and it’s comparables. If it is really high above everyone else and they haven’t been bringing the house down at a regular rate then it may still be there. If it meets or is below the other comps in your area then it may go faster than others.

The market is so unpredictable at this point but I think if you truly want it and love it I would snatch it up now rather than wait and be disappointed. I think a year is quite a long time for any reasonably priced home to be sitting.

Post # 6
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

LIke PP said already, it is all about location and pricing. Try to do a little bit more research on how the market is behaving. Fiance and I have been looking since March and we’ve been declined on 5 different offers b/c we get outbid EVERY single time. So in my area (DC suburb) it is VERYYYYYY competitive housing market. So if it is a nice house with all the ameneties and in slightly good shape it will be gone in LESS than 3 months. THe ONLY houses that sit on the market for a year are either really RAN down homes or homes that are ridiculously priced.

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Odds are, since they are already lowering the price to entice buyers, it will not be on the market a year from now.

Post # 8
14486 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve seen houses get snatched off the market in as little as a week, and houses stay on for as long as 1.5-2 years.  It really does depends on the house and how well its priced for what it is.  If the seller is stubborn, and wants more than market value, that is usually why it’ll sit for long.  Any house priced right will move, even one in an awful condition – someone will by it to fix up.

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