When Is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

When buying a house, wouldn’t it be awesome if you had the widest selection and the lowest prices to choose from—and everything was lined up perfectly for when you were ready to move?

That’s the dream. The problem is, it’s not easy to time when home prices will be low and the number of homes for sale (or inventory) will be high. Even if you could, you’d have to be in the right place in your ever-changing season of life and financial situation.

To help you feel confident about finding the best time to buy your house, we’ll walk you through typical housing market patterns and show you how to tell when you’re financially ready to buy a house. That way, you’ll be set up for success as you take on one of the biggest purchases of your life.

What Is the Best Month to Buy a House?

If we’re going “by the book,” the best month to buy a house is typically August or September—when home prices get lower and inventory is still high. But keep in mind, no one can predict real estate trends with 100% accuracy. So never let what month it is make or break your home-buying decision—only your financial situation can truly determine the right time for you.

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With that said, in 2021, the best time to buy a house was probably around September—when existing home prices had a pretty nice drop of $6,400 and inventory was only down 20,000 homes. October wasn’t too bad either with a small price jump of $600 and a drop in inventory of 30,000 homes. Compare that to buyers who waited until November—home prices went up $2,500 and inventory dropped by 120,000 homes!1

To see these trends for yourself, check out the chart below:


Home Price (Median)

Inventory (Millions)









September 2021



October 2021



November 2021



December 2021



January 2022



February 2022



March 2022



April 2022



May 2022



June 2022



July 2022



What Is the Cheapest Month to Buy a House?

Home prices are usually at their lowest in winter. In fact, according to the 12-month period in the table above, home prices were at their lowest in January 2022—at a median home price of $354,300. So if the best time to buy for you means getting the lowest price, be sure to slip on your warm woolen mittens.

Keep in mind, winter is usually hibernation time for real estate—fewer houses are for sale during the busy holiday season (not to mention some regions have the cold and snow to deal with). In 2021, the number of homes for sale saw its greatest drop from November to December—losing 230,000 homes from the market!

Super low inventory could make it harder to find a home that has all the features you want. But no worries—who really needs a jacuzzi in the master bathroom anyway?

What Month Do Most Houses Go on the Market?

Spring is when most houses go on the market. In 2022, the national number of homes for sale shot up an additional 120,000 from April to May—the fastest rate of growth all year. That number kept growing each month into the summer and reached 1.31 million home listings by July! So, if a jacuzzi and an outdoor firepit are a must for you, spring and summer are the times to shop.

On the downside, spring is also the busiest house-hunting season, so competition and prices will likely be at their highest. This year, home prices shot up $15,600 from February to March and reached their highest point of the year in June at $413,800. But if you can budget for it, it’s often worth shopping when there’s an abundance of homes on the market to choose from.

What time of year is cheapest to buy a house? Typically it’s winter because people aren’t usually looking to buy a house once cold weather and the holidays arrive. Less demand for homes will give you some bargaining power.

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House?

Since most real estate data points and housing market predictions point toward home values continuing to increase over the next few years, it might be better for you to buy now rather than later. But it really depends on your financial situation (more on that later).

The good news is home prices aren’t shooting up as fast as they were in the past few years. And with housing inventory slowly on the rise and higher mortgage rates removing some buying competition, buyers with all their ducks in a row could benefit from buying a house in the current market.

Article By Ramsey Solutions

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