Homes Sold Faster Than Ever in 2017

Jul 06, 2018 2:02 AM

  • The typical U.S. home sold in 2017 was on the market for 81 days.
  • The single fastest-selling month in 2017 was June, when the typical U.S. home sold in 73 days.
  • Homes sold faster in 2017 than in 2016 in nearly all of the biggest 35 housing markets last year.

As demand has outpaced supply in the housing market over the past three years, buying a home has become an exercise in speed and agility.

In 2017, homes sold at their fastest pace on record.

The median valued home flew off the market in just 81 days, which was nine days faster than the year before. The fastest-selling month on record was June 2017, when the median valued home took 73 days to sell, including closing.

Closing can take four to six weeks, which means the typical home was on the market for around 30 days before going under contract.

Tight inventory accounts for much of the crunch. The number of homes for sale has fallen on a year-over-year basis for 37 consecutive months, leaving fewer options for buyers – which contributes to higher prices. In 2017, nearly a quarter of all homes sold above their list prices.

Homes sold faster in 2017 than they did the year before in 33 of the 35 biggest U.S. housing markets. In Houston, homes sold slightly faster in 2016 (80 days) than in 2017 (81 days) – a change that might be at least partly attributable to hurricane and flooding-related delays. Homes in Miami sold in 110 days in both years; south Florida also was affected by severe weather, which may have contributed to homes being on the market for more days than they otherwise would have been.

The fastest-selling market in 2017 was San Jose, Calif., where the typical home sold in 41 days. San Jose also experienced the biggest drop in inventory over the past year, with 26.8 percent fewer homes to choose from than a year earlier. Homes in San Jose sold fastest in October 2017, with a span of just 39 days from listing to closing.

Among major metro areas, New York took the most days to sell: 134. That shortened to 122 during July, its fastest month.

 

METROPOLITAN AREA FASTEST-SELLING MONTH 2017 AVERAGE DAYS ON ZILLOW DAYS ON ZILLOW DURING FASTEST-SELLING MONTH
United States June 2017 81 73
New York, NY July 2017 134 122
Los Angeles, CA May 2017 64 59
Chicago, IL June 2017 91 82
Dallas, TX May/June 2017 55 49
Philadelphia, PA June 2017 97 89
Houston, TX April/May 2015 81 65
Washington, DC May 2017 75 64
Miami, FL June 2015 110 97
Atlanta, GA June 2017 71 63
Boston, MA June 2017 72 67
San Francisco, CA April/May 2017 43 41
Detroit, MI June 2017 73 65
Riverside, CA June 2017 74 68
Phoenix, AZ October 2017 66 62
Seattle, WA May/June 2017 47 42
Minneapolis, MN May 2017 69 63
San Diego, CA May 2017 56 52
St. Louis, MO July 2017 74 67
Tampa, FL July/August 2017 81 77
Baltimore, MD June 2017 94 82
Denver, CO June 2017 52 47
Pittsburgh, PA July 2017 95 83
Portland, OR May 2017 60 51
Charlotte, NC August 2017 67 61
Sacramento, CA May/June 2017 54 44
San Antonio, TX June 2017 73 66
Orlando, FL July 2017 86 78
Cincinnati, OH July 2017 74 68
Cleveland, OH July 2017 80 71
Kansas City, MO July/August 2017 62 58
Las Vegas, NV August/September 2017 62 58
Columbus, OH July 2017 63 57
Indianapolis, IN August 2017 73 66
San Jose, CA October/November 2017 41 39
Austin, TX May 2017 61 53

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