The single best month to buy a home, according to this analysis of 33 million home sales over 8 years
Timing isn’t everything, but it doesn’t hurt either. According to a recent analysis of more than 33 million single family home and condo sales over the past 8 years conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions, a provider of real estate and property data, the best time to close on a house is in October. That’s because the premium — which measures the amount you pay for the house compared to the estimated value of the house — is just 2.9%, which is the lowest of the year. That’s followed closely by November, December and January. (In each month, buyers paid some premium for homes, on average, which ATTOM explains is due to the fact that home prices rose quickly during a lot of the periods analyzed.) As for what day to buy? “The day after Christmas usually offers the biggest price discount as sellers try to woo a smaller pool of homebuyers during the winter months,” says Denny Ceizyk, senior mortgage writer for LendingTree.