A home for sale in San Diego. Photo by Alexander Nguyen
A home for sale in San Diego. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A new study by the online real estate company Zillow finds that the best time to sell a home in San Diego is the first two weeks of April.

The study released Thursday compared the best time to list a home for sale in the top metropolitan areas across the United States.

For San Diego, homes listed in the period April 1 to 15 sold 13 days faster and at a 1.3 percent premium. Saturday was identified as the ideal day to list.

A little farther north in Los Angeles, the best time to list is a Friday between April 16 and 30, with the average home selling 15 days faster at a slightly lower 1.0 percent premium.

Weather patterns affect the best window to sell in different areas. Sellers in sunny Arizona, Texas, California and Florida have more flexibility in the listing timeframe, according to Zillow.

Nationally, the best time to list is May 1 to 15, when homes sell around nine days faster and for nearly 1 percent more than the average listing.

The company said 2017 is likely to be a sellers market because of a slightly lower inventory of homes for sale.

“With 3 percent fewer homes on the market than last year, 2017 is shaping up to be another competitive buying season,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Many home buyers who started looking for homes in the early spring will still be searching for their dream home months later.”

“By May, some buyers may be anxious to get settled into a new home— and will be more willing to pay a premium to close the deal,” she noted.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.