Best Day of the Year to Buy a Home

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Best Day of the Year to Buy a Home

Mark Oct. 8 in your calendar. That's the best date to close on a home at a bargain price, according to a new study by RealtyTrac. On average, buyers have purchased 10.8 percent below estimated market value on this date for the last 15 years, the study shows. The next best buying dates for house hunters are Nov. 26 (10.1 percent below market value); Dec. 31 (9.7 percent); Oct. 22 (9.6 percent); and Oct. 15 (9.1 percent). RealtyTrac analyzed more than 32 million sales of single-family homes and condos to come up with the data. Overall, October offered the most promise for bargain hunters. Over the last 15 years, the 2.7 million sales that have closed in October carried an average sales price 2.6 percent below the average estimated full market value at the time of sale. After October, the best deals are in February, July, December, and January.

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