After the holidays, buyers tend to get more aggressive with their house hunting. Search activity usually peaks around March or April in most states, according to a new study of home searches from 2007 to 2012 conducted by Trulia.
In September, searches slow down. By December, buyer searches ebb to their lowest point of the year.
“Home-search activity swings with the seasons in every state,” says Jed Kolko, chief economist of Trulia. “Buyers and sellers can use these ups and downs to their advantage. Sellers looking for the most buyers should list when real estate search traffic peaks. Buyers, however, should think about searching off-season, when there is less competition from other searchers.”
Online real estate searches peak for the state of Florida during the month of February. So if you have entertained the thought of listing your home now is the time when the most buyers are looking.
Source: “Trulia Reveals Best Home-Searching Season,” HousingWire (Jan. 29, 2013)