Properties Are Selling Faster Than You Might Think

Posted on: 29 November 2023

 
Are you thinking of selling your home but worried about how long it could take? The sale time may not be as long as you think. There are many different factors that can affect the speed of a sale, including pricing strategies, local market conditions, and property type. Let’s take a look at the average sale times of a range of property types and how you can make sure you secure a sale in good time.
 
Two-bedroom terraced houses shifting quickly
According to Rightmove’s November 2023 study, two-bedroom terraced houses sell faster than any other property type, with an average sale time of just 28 days.* This is primarily due to the fact that they are one of the most affordable property types, as well as the fact that they are relatively rare, accounting for just over 8% of properties on the market recently.* Three-bedroom terraced houses and three-bedroom semi-detached houses also sell quickly, in just 31 and 32 days on average respectively.* Flats also sell quickly, taking between 35 and 37 days on average, depending on the number of bedrooms.*

Larger properties are not far behind
You might expect sale times for larger properties to be much higher. However, the average sale time for a four-bedroom semi-detached house is just 39 days, with a terraced property containing the same number of bedrooms taking just two days longer.* Three-bedroom detached houses take just 43 days to sell on average, and even the property type included in the study that takes the longest time to sell, four-bedroom detached houses, takes just 47 days on average.*

The market has stabilised
The more eagle-eyed individuals may have noticed that these figures show an increase in average sale times compared to Rightmove’s 2022 study. However, this is not a reason to panic. It is simply the result of the housing market stabilising after the pandemic. Sale times are still relatively fast and should definitely not deter anybody considering selling their home.

What you can do to secure a sale quickly
There are several things you can do to ensure that your property sells quickly and smoothly. Firstly, it is important to price your home correctly, as overpricing your property may discourage potential buyers from making a bid. Making sure your property is well-presented for viewings also helps to secure a quick sale, as it increases the chances of someone liking the property and making a bid. You should also take advantage of an estate agent's marketing skills, as they can advertise your property using a variety of different strategies to find you a buyer.
 
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