Redfin says that the colder months are just behind spring when it comes to selling homes for more than the list price and going under contract within 30 days. The findings were based on analysis of seven million home sales across 23 metros over the last four years.
For winter listings, 17.5 percent of homes sold above asking price, compared to 18.7 percent of homes sold in the spring. In the winter, 46.2 percent of homes sold within 30 days, just shy of spring’s 48 percent rate.
While winter can get a bad rap, it’s not a bad time to list a home. “You may have fewer people looking to buy, but those who are looking are serious,” said Michelle Leader, a Redfin real estate agent in Oklahoma City. “Buyers that time of year often need to move, so they’re much less likely to make a lowball offer and they’ll often want to close quickly — two things that can make the sale much smoother.”