Real estate ‘sweet spot’ puts sellers in drivers seat

Experts say it’s “nearly impossible” for sellers to time the real estate market is just right. However, there is one week in particular that provides them with the most favorable conditions to list a home, according to a recent report.

Nationally, April 16 through April 22 is considered “the sweet spot” for sellers, according to economists at Realtor.com.

The week is slated to have the “best combination of higher prices, fewer homes to compete against, faster sales time and stronger buyer demand,” compared to any other week in the year, according to the report.

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Home prices

Historically, homes during that seven-day stretch listed prices 2.1{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} higher than the average week throughout the year and 12.1{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} higher than the start of the year, according to Realtor.com.

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A for sale sign is posted in front of a home for a sale on February 20, 2023, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images / Getty Images)

With high list prices, sellers can potentially earn an extra $48,000 or more for their homes if they sell during this seven-day stretch than if they were to sell at the beginning of the year, according to Realtor.com.

Requests

This week has also seen greater interest from buyers. In past years, there have been 16.4{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} more views per listing during this span of time, compared to the typical week during the year. In 2022, it had 32.5{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} more views per listing than the average week, according to Realtor.com.

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With such high demand, homes tend to sell faster. In fact, homes that were for sale during that week flew off the market 18{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} more quickly, compared to the average week, according to Realtor.com.

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A for sale sign is displayed outside a property on Roxborough St. E. in Toronto, Ont. (Lance McMillan/Toronto Star via Getty Images / Getty Images)

In 2022, homes were getting scooped up after only 32 days on the market, which was 13 days faster than the year prior.

Homes aren’t expected to move off the market as swiftly as they did last year, but they will be sold at a faster pace than what has been seen in prior years.

Inventory

Historically, there have been fewer sellers on the market, compared to an average week throughout the year.

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There were “significant inventory gains” last year as demand waned, according to the report. In response, sellers started pulling their listings.

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A for sale sign is displayed outside a property on Elm Ave. in Toronto, Ontario. ((Lance McMillan/Toronto Star via Getty Images / Getty Images)

At the beginning of 2023, inventory was up 65.5{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018}, compared to 2022. Still, it was 43{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} lower than pre-pandemic levels.

Even though mortgage rates are projected to remain elevated throughout the year, “for-sale inventory is still well below pre-pandemic levels, so sellers can still expect well-priced homes to be in high demand,” according to the report.

As of March 16, the rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 6.6{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018}, which is significantly higher than the average of 4.16{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} a year earlier, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.

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Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater said that “mortgage rates continue their upward trajectory as the Federal Reserve signals a more aggressive stance on monetary policy.”

“Overall, consumers are spending in sectors that are not interest rate-sensitive, such as travel and dining out,” Khater said. “However, rate-sensitive sectors, such as housing, continue to be adversely affected. As a result, would-be homebuyers continue to face the compounding challenges of affordability and low inventory.”