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Is Now a Good Time to Sell My Home? 2021 Data to Help Answer

By Mike Simonsen on February, 17 2021

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Mike Simonsen

A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country.

When a homeowner is asking whether now is a good time to sell, Altos data makes it easy to respond with statistics to back it up.

Leverage the Market Action Index

In addition to looking at seasonal trends, look at the Market Action Index (MAI). If it’s greater than 30 and moving up, that means there’s solid buyer demand. Inventory is probably decreasing, and DOM is probably low or falling too. If the MAI is below 30 and falling, it’s moving into buyer’s market territory - still a good time to sell, as long as the house is priced appropriately so that you don’t get stuck on the market too long.

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Consider one of the following responses, based on what you find in your MAI: 
  • “It’s a great time to sell. There’s a ton of demand and very low inventory. Homes are moving super fast.”
  • “The MAI is falling, and the market is starting to slow down. We should move quickly to get your home on the market soon, and make sure we price the house appropriately to move.”

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