Worst Cities to Sell a Home During the Fall

by Mahogany WaldonNovember 26, 2018

Home sales slow down tremendously during the fall as housing markets cool down. In some cities, selling a home is a lot harder than in others. Homes.com has compiled a list of the worst cities to sell a home during the fall. Don’t worry though, just because these cities made the list, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to sell a home there, it just might require a little more work and strategy.

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  1. Hartford, Connecticut

    Many Connecticut cities have failed to recover since the 2007-2008 housing market crash and home values in the the state have seen some of the slowest growth in the nation. Home prices in Hartford fell 8.2 percent since the summer. Despite the state of Hartford’s price, the city is still doing better than other major Connecticut metros like New Haven and Bridgeport.

  2. Cleveland, Ohio

    Housing markets in major metros can be slow moving and often in bad shape. Cleveland has had those woes, in a recent study by WalletHub, the city was ranked as being one of the worst housing markets in the country. There’s a high foreclosure rate in the city and homes stay on the market for an average of 211 days. Don’t fret, although home sales plummeted from summer to fall by eight percent, home values are rising in the city and for sellers looking for buyers, Cleveland’s quickly becoming a biomedical hub and lots of young professionals are flocking to the city year-round for jobs.

  3. Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham has seen a drop in sales by 7.6 percent from summer to fall. As the most populous city in Alabama, this metro is among others in the country that see a slow drive in home sales during colder months. The average home price here is still below the nation’s average but Birmingham’s five-year equity growth is a lot slower than the national mean.

  4. Louisville, Kentucky

    Louisville isn’t only seeing a dip in sales from the summer to fall by 7.2 percent, but the summer market saw decreasing numbers as well. As Louisville’s home prices increase, experts say that a severe shortage of housing is causing for the the drag on sales in the metro. Affordable homes are bought quickly in the city but for sellers, the more expensive your home is the cooler the market will be.

  5. Atlanta, Georgia

    Sellers are having to lower their asking prices in this Georgia metro, many of the homes are just too expensive, especially for first-time buyers. The Atlanta market had a 7.1 percent drop in sales from summer to fall. Another problem with the market here is that the high-end home inventory is high, but the majority of buyers are young and can’t afford the homes on the market.

It’s also important to know that some of these cities could potentially be housing bubbles and that can be a cause for concern if you live there or plan or buying a home there. Read on to find out the best cities to sell a home during the colder months.

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Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.