Everyone knows that more homes get listed and sold in the spring season, mostly because of school schedules. People either start jobs at the start of an academic year, or want to have their kids into new schools by September. What isn't as settled by all experts is the ideal time in which to list during that season.
I'm a firm believer in the earlier, the better. It's hard to know exactly when the market will pop, but there are certainly signs already--lots of ads, lots of open houses, lots of calls. If you are a seller, you want to have your home on the market before all of the sales activity really begins. It takes time to get the paperwork processed, get the home ready, and set a price. If possible, you want to list before the vast majority of people do, so that early lookers will see your home when there aren't as many places from which to choose.
We don't know when the snow will stop for good, nor when the temperatures will really start to climb. We do know the school vacation schedule, the holiday schedule (and Easter is very late this year), and the traditional boom times. In our company, we believe this: It's best to begin right now. If you are thinking of selling, call your agent today!