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Zillow reveals the best time to put your Austin home on the market

Zillow reveals the best time to put your Austin home on the market

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Better start prepping your home now. Photo by Phillip Spears/Getty Images

It seems Texas' lack of a real winter has a ripple effect that extends far beyond agriculture. Spring has been declared the ideal time to list your home in Austin, with homes hitting the market at the beginning of May fetching nearly $3,000 more.

That's according to a recent study from Zillow, which analyzed the history and outcome of millions of home listings over the last several years.

Early June is almost as profitable in Capital City, but as soon as the calendar hits late July the numbers start falling, with sellers taking a sizable cut from early October through January.

If you want to get the most eyeballs on your listing when it first debuts, make it live on a Saturday. Sunday and Friday are close behind, but posting on a Tuesday means a sharp downtick in views.

Buyer interest also fades quickly, Zillow confirms, with traffic for new listings dramatically falling after only seven days. In the first week, homes in Austin are 53 percent likely to sell at or above list price. By week 12, the number drops to only 11 percent.

The stats are slightly different elsewhere around Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth seeing Sundays in early June as the best time to list. Early birds get the worm in Houston and San Antonio, where early and late May are the key list times.

But the rest of the nation is even earlier, with homes listed for sale anytime in April selling one full week faster than average.