When a person lists a home, he or she wants to complete the sale as quickly as possible. Although spring is considered the best time to place a house on the market, statistics show a seller can gain similar success in any season. To understand the market's numbers, real estate experts performed an analysis on 7 million homes listed across the country from 2010 to 2014.
Homes listed in the fall season were the slowest to sell. Approximately 34 percent of houses listed in autumn were under contract within 30 days. Only 11 percent sold above asking price.
Although foreclosures have plagued the real estate market, they are beginning to dry up. Statistics released in CoreLogic's January 2015 National Foreclosure Report show a 33.2 percent drop in foreclosure inventory. In January, year-over-year completed foreclosures decreased by 22.5 percent.
Prior to the real estate collapse a few years ago, many people considered flipping houses easy income. However, there are a variety of changes in the marketplace that have made flipping houses a less lucrative and less attractive prospect, including stagnant home prices, less access to credit and fewer attractive properties being available.
If you've inherited a home that you’d like to sell now or in the future, it's best to seek professional advice for your specific situation. As a foundation, you'll want to consider these important steps: