Best Time to Sell or Buy a Home

Every year Stephen FitzMaurice, top 1% agent in the U.S. writes a best time of the year to sell a home report, and a best time of the year to buy a home report. The seasonal impact on Portland real estate is massive. You can save or make tens of thousands of dollars on your next home sale by simply buying or selling in the right month. Read the latest month by month breakdowns on the Portland real estate market here.

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Best time of the year to buy a home in Portland 2022

October 22, 2021

Every year we write a best time of the year to sell a home and to buy a home in the greater Portland real estate market. I’ve been licensed to help people buy and sell homes in the area since 2003, and every year (except for 2020) the best time to sell and the best time to buy a home in the Portland market has stayed relatively the same. Seasonal trends in Portland real estate are as strong (and sometimes stronger) than annual trends. Our prior research shows you can be ahead $100,000 if you sell in the spring and buy in the fall. The best time to buy a home is the exact reverse of the best time to...


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How to Sell a Home and Buy a Home in the Best Time of Year and Make $100K Extra.

May 7, 2021

Each year we write a report on the best time to buy a home in the Portland real estate market and the best time to sell a home in the Portland real estate market. Guess what? Those two optimal times are never the same. But there is a way to both sell in the best time of year and then buy in the best time of year! I’ll explain by the end of this article. Best Time of the Year to Sell a Home Every year in Portland the best time to sell a home is in the spring and early summer. The most optimal overall season is March through May. The reason for this is simple, supply vs. demand....


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Best Month to Sell a Home in Portland in 2021

January 22, 2021

Every year I write an article on the best time to sell a home in Portland and a separate article on the best time to buy a home in Portland. (All of those articles are collected here.) And every year (except for 2020) a reader will notice that the Portland real estate market follows near-identical seasonal trends (with some variance each year) meaning in our metro there is an overall good season to sell a home and a different overall good season to buy a home. The best overall season each year to sell a home in Portland runs from mid-Jan. to early June. The best overall season to buy a home in Portland runs from late July through the...


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Best Time to Sell a House in Portland – 2020 Update

January 24, 2020

In 2020, the Portland real estate market is split. Some parts of the Portland real estate market are cooling and are firmly considered a buyer’s market, while other segments of the Portland real estate market are still hot and considered a seller’s market. See our full 2020 Portland real estate market forecast here. In general, Portland condos downtown are in the buyer’s market category (your best buy in Portland right now) and many luxury homes in the Portland market (not all areas, but most) are in the buyer’s market category. But anything close to the city under 450K in price is most likely firmly in a seller’s market. All of the above will continue for the entire 2020 year, but...


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Best Time to Buy a Home in the Portland Market – 2019 Update

October 15, 2019

Every year we post a best time of the year to sell a home update, and now we are starting a best time of the year to buy a home in the Portland real estate market. As you would imagine, these market times are in nearly opposite every year. Exception: if you need to sell and then buy again right after selling, make sure to read the real estate advice just for you at the bottom of this article. Best Time to Buy a Home – Month by Month Analysis January Inventory – Low Buyer traffic – Low Weather – Poor January isn’t the best time of the year to buy a home, but its not the worst either. Low...


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Best Time to Sell a House in the Portland Market 2019 Edition

February 1, 2019

The Portland real estate market is officially cooling after an incredible five year rise from 2012 to 2017. A few small Portland housing market segments in 2017 decreased in price, and then the majority of higher-end homes and condos decreased in price in 2018. In 2019 the luxury and condo real estate market will continue to suffer while more and more segments of the market go flat. More affordable homes under 400K or 500K will still likely appreciation in 2019. See our final 2019 Portland housing market forecast here. The best time of a year to sell a home stays relatively consistent in the Portland housing market. Since being licensed in 2003, I’ve noticed and tracked the same trends year...


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Best Time to Sell a House in the Portland Market – 2018 Edition

February 2, 2018

The Portland real estate market has been improving since 2012. This will still be true in 2018. The predictions for the Portland housing market in 2018 call for around a 5% price increase. (See my in-depth 2018 housing forecast here.) Regardless of whether or not the Portland housing market is moving up or down, there is a best time of the year to sell and a best time to buy. As you might imagine those times are always the opposite of one another. My team helps someone buy or sell a home, on average, 4x a week in the Portland metro area. We have our finger on the Portland real estate market’s pulse. Keep reading to get our month by...


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Best Time to Sell a House in the Portland Market – 2017 Edition

February 14, 2017

The Portland metro real estate market has been improving across the board since 2012. I’ve been selling homes in the Portland area since 2003 and have noticed the same seasonal trends, year after year. There is a best time to sell a home, and there is a best time to buy a home in the Portland real estate market each year. The best time to sell is always the opposite of the best time to buy and vice versa. So, if you are selling and buying at the same time in the same area, it is hard to get much advantage (though you could get some, if you timed it just right). Just to give you an idea of the...


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Best Time to Sell a House in the Portland Market, 2016 Edition

February 18, 2016

The Portland real estate market has been improving across the board since 2012. And since being licensed in 2003 I have witnessed consistent – predictable – seasonal changes to the market. The weather, holidays, yard appeal, and the school calendar all have a powerful impact on home selling expectations. In 2015 I sold 57 homes in their first weekend on market and 98 homes in less than 30 days on market, giving me a lot of personal data to go on, also I subscribe to the only unbiased official Portland real estate market report (and you can too for free here). Are you ready? I’m going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of going on the market in any month...


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Best time to sell a house in the Portland real estate market.

April 9, 2014

There is a lot of debate in the Portland real estate industry surrounding the best time of the year to sell a Portland home. What I’ve found listening to the debate is that most Portland real estate agents are talking about it based on their experience. Experience can be useful, but when you’re considering broad questions, a bigger data picture is much more useful than one agent’s experience. So I will share my experience as a top Portland real estate agent, but I will also use the official Portland real estate market data as obtained from RMLS. (You can also sign up here to get it for free.) Big data picture for the Portland real estate market. Take a look...