The Best Month to Sell A House in Winnetka

What is the best month to sell a house in Winnetka?

The best month to sell a house in Winnetka is influenced by the seasonality of the Winnetka real estate market. Weather, school calendars and the holiday seasons drive the Winnetka real estate market. Analyzing the historic ebbs and flows of monthly data in Winnetka real estate, reveals clear trends. Understanding these trends reveals the best month to sell a house in Winnetka and provides strategic advantages to sellers.

Let's Consider these Statistics:

  1. "Under Contract" Activity by Month
  2. Showing Activity by Month
  3. Total Homes on Market by Month

Monthly Under Contract Activity

The number of homes that go “Under Contract” in a given month represents the number of buyers who have made an offer that was accepted. To capitalize on the best month to sell a house in Winnetka, ideally we want your home on the market during the months when the greatest number of buyers make offers (keep in mind that buyers start shopping 30-60 days in advance of making an offer).

In 2019, May led the way with 36 "under contract" homes. April won with 36 "under contract" homes for 2018. And, in 2017, April and May tied for the top spot with 31 "under contracts".

April wins! In 2017 and 2018, April held the highest number of offers accepted. Under contract activity tapers off through the remainder of the year.

Best Month to Sell a House in Winnetka: Monthly Under Contract Activity

Monthly Showing Activity

Historic showing activity provides insight into the best month to sell a house in Winnetka. We like to monitor showing activity for our listings so that we can identify any unusual trends.

Not surprisingly, showing activity mirrors the "under contract" activity with the greatest number of showings happening in April for 2017 and 2019.  Even in 2018, April was still strong suggesting you will benefit by listing your home by April when more showing activity is happening.

Best Month to Sell a House in Winnetka: Showing Activity by Month

Total Homes on Market By Month

When determining the best month to sell a house in Winnetka, consider the historic total number of homes on the market each month. In other words, this statistic demonstrates the level of competition (ie., the supply of homes) to which buyers have access.

Notably, in some years, March and April have historically had fewer total homes on market than in other months.  A March or April list date can benefit sellers because less competition exists at exactly the same time that demand peaks (ie., more showings occur). In conclusion, looking at total homes on the market, the data suggests March is the best month to sell a house in Winnetka.

Best Month to Sell a Home in Winnetka: Total Homes on Market by Month

And the Best Month to Sell a House in Winnetka is. . .

If we have to pick the best month to sell a house in Winnetka, April gets the win with high levels of "under contract" activity and showings. While the total number of homes is not significantly lower in April over other months, the buyer activity is there to support the extra inventory. Of course, remember that homes priced well and in move-in condition will sell quickly and for closer to list price at nearly any time of the year. So don't worry if you must list at a different time of the year. April may be the best month to sell a house in Winnetka but it is not the only month in which many homes sell!

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A Note for Winnetka Buyers. . . 

Given the data, what is the best month to buy a house in Winnetka? It depends on your goals. . . A house priced well and in move-in condition will sell fast at any time of the year. Although rare to find great value and move-in ready, if you find one don't delay! It is much better to strike quickly to avoid a multiple offer situation.

The greatest number of move-in ready homes will come on the market in early spring (February - April). Of course, sellers are feeling confident at that time and buyer competition is highest so it is hard to get a good deal but you do get first pick!

If you would prefer to get a "deal", many gems can be found in late summer and early fall. Inventories are still high and buyer activity has slowed so sellers get nervous and are often more inclined to negotiate rather than carry a house through the winter. Late summer/early fall is the best time of the year to get aggressive with offer price.

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