This is a great time to list! Your home usually never looks better than around the holidays with the tree up and with the holiday decorations.
True, there are usually not that many people out looking this time of the year. Those who are though are very serious and usually need to buy now. Really, what could it hurt to have your house listed now as apposed to the spring? You might just end up with a buyer!
It doesn't matter how much you hear about a failing market in the news. People are always buying and selling real estate. You never know when or where your buyer comes from.
In this market buyers are looking for price reductions and longer days on market.
There is also a school of thought that says (1) buyers move into neighborhoods to be closer to friends and family and (2) the holidays are a great time to have that sign on your lawn to generate interest. If they don't have time to visit your home during the holidays, they may certainly keep it in mind and be back to view your property shortly thereafter.
Its your call. Good Luck!
One advantage to having your home on the market during the holidays is that usually people take some time off of work between Christmas and New Years. If they had been looking for a home before Christmas, sometimes cabin fever sets in and they venture out to resume their house hunt. Just make sure that, as is always the case during the winter, that any snowfall is cleared from the walking paths and driveways. No sense temping people with a house they can't get to.
The first moment you decide to sell your property is the best time to list it.
No one has the crystal ball to know when and to whom their property will sell.
Your buyer could be looking for their new home today.
Once a home owner seriously decides to sell, he/she should do everything they can not to lose a buyer opportunity
Best of luck in the sale of your home.