March ‘best time to sell’, says agent

MARCH is the best time to put your house on the market, according to property website Rightmove.
As the winter months draw to a close, the arrival of springtime and longer days can kick-start home-moving plans for many.
More people start their search for a new home in spring, Rightmove says it starts seeing more properties listed for sale.
Over the past five years, the company says research shows March has been the best time of the year to sell a home.
“The number of buyers enquiring about homes for sale on Rightmove is usually highest at this time of year,” a spokesperson said. “We see more buyers looking to move in March than in any other month of the year. Competition between buyers for the homes available is traditionally at its peak.
“And the good news is that buyers have more homes to choose from in March than at the start of the year, as the number of properties for sale tends to also be highest. There are more homes being listed for sale this year compared with last year.”
One possible reason is lots of home-hunters are keen to move into a new home before the start of summer, with things like gardens and outdoor space at the top of many home-movers’ wish-lists.
So, if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market this spring, it could mean you’ll have a better chance of selling, and sooner, because more buyers are looking to move, and there’s more competition for every available home.
Rightmove property expert Tim Bannister said: “For any sellers who might be conscious of coming to market at a time when the number of new listings has traditionally been high, the data shows us that demand in March means sellers are most likely to be met with a potential buyer for their home.”

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