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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager


In the words of William Shakespeare:
"There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so." 

When your thoughts take you to wanting and/or needing a different living arrangement... that is the best time. 

Dec 14, 2018 07:12 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

When it is right for the buyers.  Earlier this year I had past clients looking to move back to San Jose.  They found their selves competing in a hot and wildly crazy seller market.  Homes that were "market value" of $900,000 were selling for $1.1 then 1.2 then 1.3 and 1.4M month over month.  They have the money but were smart enough to pull out and wait.  They are back in the market now as those homes are now selling for $900 to $1.1M. Now is a much better time for them.  

The short answer is it depends on the buyer.

Dec 14, 2018 08:11 AM
Rainmaker
869,671
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Our res market IS seasonal and DOES need to be timed. The timing is different for a buyer than a seller.
CRE ALSO requires timing. For reasons including / not limited to . . .

Dec 14, 2018 07:51 AM
Rainmaker
666,203
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Whatever season it is, that's the season to buy or sell.

Spring- everyone's doing it!

Summer- Best time of the year!.

Fall- better get it done before Winter

Winter- No competition for hard to sell homes & great time to get a good buy for buyers! 

Buy, Sell 24-7/365

Dec 14, 2018 07:09 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Tell me what you are trying to achieve.

Dec 14, 2018 07:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Richie, it depends on the person buying or selling.  There are many factors that come into making this type of decision.

Dec 14, 2018 07:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've successfully sold homes at every time of the year, even when others would say it's not a good time to sell. There are always buyers... it's the pricing and marketing that makes the difference.

Dec 14, 2018 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I answer with: It depends on your reason to buy/sell Richie Alan Naggar 

Dec 14, 2018 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Do you need to sell? Then it's time!

If you need to buy, now is a good time!

Dec 14, 2018 07:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my approach is always the simple but direct answer.... every day of the year is a good day to sell.... there are always buyers looking every day!

Dec 14, 2018 07:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Richie,

It is always the right time for someone.  A

Dec 14, 2018 07:01 AM
Rainmaker
70,344
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Agree with Barbara Todaro and Nina Hollander!

Dec 14, 2018 10:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The best time is when the purchaser is ready.

Smart consumers want to take advantage of the current very attractive mortgage interest rates.

Dec 14, 2018 08:17 AM
Rainmaker
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

When the time is right for a seller to move on and Now is a sellers market in our area.

Buyers is when they make a decision to finally Own verses Renting. When financially able to do so.

Dec 14, 2018 07:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Best time is right now. It's always right now if you desire or need to sell

Dec 14, 2018 11:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Best Time to Sell:  When the home's useful life no longer meets your needs and / or its financial burdens cause you to feel uneasy about your future.

Best Time to Buy:  When you wish to gain leverage on your livelihood is an excellent place to begin. Save for that 20% down and NEVER pay mortgage insurance for starters. How much interest can you earn on a one-time $50,000 bank deposit each year? Instead use that for a down payment on a $250,000 home. If we can agree that home values have appreciated annually between 3% and 5% on average since 1980 lets proceed. Using just 3% as an example, in one year your home will be worth $257,500. Your bank would have to offer 15% interest to get that type of return. Ten years later that same home should have at least a $327,000 value. FYI - The actual annual appreciation was between 5.7% and 6.4% from 1971 through 2009 I believe.

NOTE:  PITI aka principal, interest, taxes & insurance are $1,509 per month and remain fairly close to that number throughout ownership. Whenever you rent (and I doubt you could find a comparable residence) you are probably going to pay much more than that monthly and in another decade who knows where it could be.

Not prioritizing home-ownership is the biggest mistake anyone can make! 

 

Dec 14, 2018 11:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I guess, depends of the area. 

In Florida - whole year around.

Dec 14, 2018 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

When the buyer or seller is ready, willing and able.  Not before.

Dec 14, 2018 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

When you need a home and are prepared to buy.  (Unless there is something unusual going on like rates suddenly jumped up to 13%.)

Dec 14, 2018 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

I might respond with something like, "Anytime is the best time, if it's the right time for the seller...tell me more about what prompted this question."  - 

Dec 14, 2018 08:32 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There is no best time.  It is dependent on one's needs.

Dec 14, 2018 07:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

In Florida, attempting to 'time the market' is folly.

However, the type of real estate may benefit. For example homes with 3+ bedrooms are best made available during the summer buying season.  The ratio of listed/sold however, although statistically measurable, is not relevant in the big fog of why people do what they do regarding real estate.

My response to the 'when' question is "Do you know where you want to go?" Their response to that question is the measure of their motivation.

Dec 14, 2018 07:19 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

When you're ready, I'll get it done for you - winter, spring, summer or fall!

Dec 14, 2018 04:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The answer to your question so often depends on the life circumstance of the parties involved.

Dec 14, 2018 01:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's likely to be followed by a question. 

Dec 14, 2018 12:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN AND WAITING FOR YOU

I love Kathleen Daniels  answer but it works both ways for buyers and sellers.  What the market wll do in 2019 is pur conjecture at this pont.  Hind sight is 20-20. 

Dec 14, 2018 12:27 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

To buy: 10 years ago.

To sell: now!

Dec 14, 2018 11:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Best time to buy: Last year.

Best time to sell: Now!

Dec 14, 2018 11:21 AM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

It's always a good time to buy or sell or real estate.

I help people make smart decisions when buying or selling real estate. Let's analyze your situation and decide what's right for you.

Dec 14, 2018 11:39 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

As with most things in life, no time like the present.

Dec 14, 2018 08:13 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If the right deal is there then anytime.

Dec 14, 2018 01:20 PM
Rainer
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Depends on the house and the market.  Right now we have lots of buyers and thin inventory.  Five years ago we were heavy with inventory and spring might be have the best option.  But my broker says to people... "well one thing is for sure, no one will buy it if it's not on the market"

Dec 14, 2018 12:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

when one is ready .....

Dec 14, 2018 12:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Spring.

Dec 15, 2018 02:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Richie I never have a pitch or a statement, so with that said there is a discussion if the asking party is open to it... otherwise "all the best see ya"

Dec 14, 2018 10:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Best time when sellers are ready to sell!

Dec 14, 2018 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is a good time, when you are ready! 

Dec 19, 2018 07:17 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Anytime is the perfect time to to sell!

 

Dec 18, 2018 03:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

When the buyer/Seller is ready is more important than the market.  I discuss the current state, and how that may affect the process, but the client trying to time things outside of their control is in for unpleasant surprises. 

Dec 17, 2018 08:03 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The best time to buy and sell is when you are ready

Dec 17, 2018 04:32 PM
Rainer
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Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

My favorite answer that people hate to hear is, "it depends."

- Depends on the sellers situation (is it s distress sale, then the time is right for them)

- For buyers, it can depend on the market. Is it in decline? Perhaps renting is a good idea?

Dec 17, 2018 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The answer is when they are ready. I give them the pros of selling now no matter the season. 

Dec 16, 2018 06:52 AM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

The best time to sell is when you and the house are both ready.

Best time to buy when you find the right house for you!

Dec 15, 2018 01:38 PM
Rainer
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andria wetsell
Northshore properties realty - Setauket, NY

Let’s have a discussion. You never know what the market will do or what the seller or buyer may want or when they want it

Dec 15, 2018 08:20 AM
Rainer
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Ricardo Cobos
Keller Williams Realty Garner - Garner, NC
Specializing in Sellers and Investors in So . Wake

I tell my clients who ask that, because you can't time any market, it's best to sell when you are ready to sell.

Dec 15, 2018 07:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Depends on who is asking and how. :) 

Dec 15, 2018 05:37 AM