Worst months to sell a home across the U.S.

January 5, 2015 by Gina Thelemann in Articles 

Year after year, we hear that spring is the best time to sell a home due to the influx of spring buyers who drive up prices. We weren't sold on this idea, though, and decided to explore selling trends in each state.

We broke out each state based on monthly selling trends, including the average number of days on market and the ratio of listing price to final sales price. What we found was relatively surprising—spring proved to be the worst time of year to sell a home in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Why? In many cases, the spring market is flush with buyers and sellers, so buyer demand is negated by a steady supply of homes for sale. When buyers have more homes to choose from, homes can stay on the market for longer and end up selling for less.

Next week, we'll show you the best months of the year to sell across the U.S.


The worst months to sell a home across the U.S.

State Worst Selling Month
Alaska December
Alabama December
Arkansas March
Arizona October
California March
Colorado May
Connecticut March
District of Columbia April
Delaware September
Florida December
Georgia March
Hawaii July
Iowa April
Idaho January
Illinois May
Indiana March
Kansas March
Kentucky March
Louisiana December
Massachusetts April
Maryland April
Maine December
Michigan March
Minnesota April
Missouri March
Mississippi December
Montana February
North Carolina April
North Dakota July
Nebraska March
New Hampshire March
New Jersey March
New Mexico March
Nevada July
New York April
Ohio December
Oklahoma December
Oregon March
Pennsylvania February
Rhode Island February
South Carolina May
South Dakota February
Tennessee March
Texas May
Utah January
Virginia April
Vermont February
Washington September
Wisconsin March
West Virginia April
Wyoming December

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