You could make $15,000 more if you follow this rule.

By Marisa Spyker
January 17, 2019
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Whether you’re downsizing, relocating, or unloading a second property, the process of selling a home comes with a laundry list of important, and often difficult, questions, from choosing an agent to determining an asking price.

But thanks to new data, one of those decisions is about to get a whole lot easier. Real estate site Zillow recently crunched some numbers to determine if there’s a sweet spot in the calendar year when homes sell faster and for more money. And, as it turns out, there is—pretty much across the U.S. map.  

Whether you live in Tampa or San Diego, if you’re looking to list a home this year, research says the smartest time is late spring. Nationwide, that magic moment specifically falls within the first two weeks of May, when homes generally sell almost two weeks faster than the average listing and bring in a final price of $2,400 more.

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But Zillow data breaks it down even further. Depending on where you live, the absolute best time to list can vary, from as early as late March (Pittsburgh) and as late as early June (St. Louis). In Florida alone, the perfect selling time differs from west coast to east. In Miami, sellers are best served by listing their homes in early May, when homes fetch a premium of $1,900; in Tampa, homeowners should opt for late April for a similar premium.

While the Florida premiums are significant, home sellers on the West Coast might gain the most by heeding Zillow’s late spring advice. All six markets that earn the highest premiums over average listings in late spring happen to border the Pacific, with San Francisco sellers raking in an average $15,300 more than comparable homes at other times of year.  

Ready to take Zillow’s advice? Consider maximizing your profit even more by tackling one of these real estate expert-approved home upgrades. Worth a try, right?