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Sam Wigness from home.com is reporting that “October is the best month to buy a home” according to sales data. After a record-breaking summer, homebuyers are headed for the best months to score a deal on a home.

“Our phones have consistently been ringing this month with clients looking to buy in the Seattle area, we haven’t slowed down a bit” said Matt Dubas of Dubas Property Group. Lots of people buy homes during the summer months, especially in Washington State when the rainy season has subsided. But according to Wigness, “turns out that October is statistically the best month to buy a home!”

Homebuyers, it seems, pay a premium no matter the month. However, they pay much less over market value in fall and winter months than they do in spring and summer, according to ATTOM’s analysis of more than 33 million single-family home and condo sales from 2013-2020.

The study compared median sales price with the median automated valuation model, or AVM, a computerized estimate of home value. Over the last eight years, homebuyers have paid a 2.9% premium in October compared to a 11.5% premium in May. The lower the premium, the less homebuyers paid over market value.

best month to buy a home
Chart courtesy of home.com

The worst times to buy a home compared to the best times

October is not a slow month for sales of real estate according to Wigness, “It has been one of the busiest months in the last eight years, with just 30,350 fewer sales than May. However, homebuyers pay just $6,000 over the AVM value in October compared to $21,626 in May.”

This may be due to sellers being more willing to reduce asking price to avoid being on the market in the winter when home values bottom out. For military families, they may be motivated to sell because of an upcoming PCS Move.

In terms of paying the smallest premium, December (3.4%), November (3.9%), and January (3.9%) follow closely behind October. According to ATTOM, the best days to buy based on premium are:

December 51.6%
December 262%
January 62.2%
November 92.3%
December 312.4%

Meanwhile, the five worst days to get a deal on a home all fall in May.

May 2317.4%
May 2717.4%
May 2016.6%
May 1615.6%
May 1915.4%

To pay below market value, homebuyers need to be in the right place at the right time. Historically, the opportunities to get the best deal on a home occur in the following states and months:

New Jersey/February-4.9%

While the 2020 and 2021 housing markets have been anything but normal, 2021 seems headed for a traditional seasonal downturn, which didn’t happen in 2020. Wigness says, “that suggests homebuyers may in fact be in for the best homebuying months of the year — even if the bar for a good deal has been lowered.”

“Here in Washginton state, we are not seeing much of a slow down. We have continued to be busy and October 2021, will likely be one of our largest sales months” said Matt Dubas, of Dubas Property Group.

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Some references sourced within this article have not been prepared by Fairway and are distributed for educational purposes only. The information is not guaranteed to be accurate and may not entirely represent the opinions of Fairway. Original article is from home.com.

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