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How Quickly Will My Home Sell?

"How Quickly Will My Home Sell?" -- now that's a question that's on the mind of everyone that decides to sell their home.  There's no easy answer as it certainly depends on a number of factors, among which are:

  • Location -- since we're talking real estate, that's obvious.  A home in Arlington within easy commuting distance of Washington D.C. will almost always sell quicker than a home in the boondocks (not sure we even have boondocks in Northern Virginia, but you know what I mean).

  • Price -- every house will eventually sell... for the right price.  You'll be able to find a buyer for even the ugliest house in the worst location if the price is right!  Price it wrong and you'll be waiting a long time to sell your home.

  • Condition -- well-maintained, well-staged, clean, pretty homes tend to sell much faster than houses infested with cockroaches that smell like cat pee.  It's a no-brainer.  Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer for a moment.

Let's explore the first factor, "Location" a bit further for here in Northern Virginia.

Here's a chart I put together showing the average days on the market for homes that sold in September 2011 based on their location:

Days on Market September 2011

What's even more interesting is when you break it down by specific areas within a county or city.  For example, Fairfax County is one big area and the real estate market in Annandale is different from that in Springfield which is different from McLean.

Here's a heat-map which shows the days on market for Fairfax County in September 2011:

Fairfax County Days on Market September 2011

If you'd like to see the statistics for your area, send me an e-mail or give me a call and I'll be happy to break it down for you by zip code or even subdivision.  This is useful stuff when you're thinking about selling your Northern Virginia home.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBrian Block • October 21 2011 04:43PM


OK, I have to ask... how do you get one of those heat maps for days on market?  Is that one of the services included with your MLS?  If so, I wish our MLS had that capability!  If you got it some other way, please share it!

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Leanne, our MLS has a statistics service that provides these heat maps.  It's a great tool!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 6 years ago

Patience is a virtue :) people need to remember I think. :)


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

Nice post.  Love the use of graphs and maps.  What a great way to present information to a seller.

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

OK, you have Prince William County last, but AT LEAST you have us listed!

You are coming along now, Grasshopper.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago