I’ve been watching market trends for 25 years now as an active realtor in Ballard / Greenwood and beyond. There is always a flurry of activity between Martin Luther King day in January and Mother’s Day in May. That’s when the number of buyers always seems to outweigh the amount of available inventory. The past two years have been a little crazy here in Seattle because of the huge number of buyers moving to Seattle each month. Our current growth has translated to busy real estate figures regardless of the time of year, however, that being said – I think August as usual was a bit slower this past year. Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the inventory has again risen dramatically and agents are putting together deals right and left, so I would assume that between mid-September and mid-November you’ll see a lot of sales activity. If you’re ready to sell this year, do it now and have the escrow buttoned up pre-election. If it were me, I’d recommend buying in August, early September, mid-November, and all of December when other buyer activity seems to slow down a notch, and as a seller if I’m ready to go I’d list it in the next 30 days or if I need to make improvements to your home in order to be market-ready, I’d make those improvements now now with plans to beat the rush and list it mid- January when inventory is low but the buyers are out, ready to buy. That’s my advice for the best time to sell and the ideal time to bring in top dollar on your home sale.