April, May and June are the best months to market your home. If this time frame does not work for you, then the next preferred time would be the first quarter or the third. The fourth quarter should be avoided if at all possible. With the exception of 2009 when the real estate market was recovering from the crash in the stock market in Q4 of 2008, the second quarter has seen the highest selling price over list price (2007) and the highest under ask price; 2010, 2011.
If you are considering selling your home you should target Q2 of 2012. Essentially, you have six months from now to make your home camera ready. Buyers still respond to fabulous finishes, so it pays to have a realtor come in now and tell you what to fix or change. Pay close attention to the after labor day, fall market as the properties that sell then will be instructional for you in terms of what buyers are responding to, they will also be the comparisons by which an appraiser will judge the value of your home. Call me for a free, detailed action plan and I will tailor a strategy for your particular property and the needs of you and your family.