Selling a house probably takes longer than you think
If you're selling a home, it's important to understand the timeline, says Jeffry Wiren, principal broker with Re/Max Equity Group and past president of the Portland, Ore. Metropolitan Association of Realtors.
"And that's something most people don't understand," he says.
Underestimating the time it takes -- and building a schedule around those unrealistic expectations -- adds stress, Wiren says.
Instead, realize how long the process takes in the real world (not just your head) and plan accordingly. Another important factor: Different markets (and prices) move at different speeds, he says.
Wiren's sales schedule breakdown:
- Getting your home in shape: two weeks
- Average time on the market (varies widely with location and price): 2 1/2 to three months
- Negotiating after an offer: one week
- Preparing to close (assuming a traditional transaction): 30 to 45 days
What the agent wishes you knew: A smart seller allows a minimum of four to six months to sell, Wiren says. And that's if you have a home that's priced right in a good market with one solid offer that makes it to the closing table.