Ultimately trust your instincts and go for it. Interest rates have been on the rise as Don mentioned so there will be some urgency for buyers to get into something quickly.
Good Luck to you and your family!
There are definitely fewer buyers right now, but those who can buy now ARE buying! The interest rates are only going up, unfortunately, so it's important to get as many buyers in to your place as possible. It's hard to say which will be better, because the person who falls in love with your house may show up the first day, or may take two months, regardless of when you list.
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However the downside of being in the market now is the home appraisal.
If there has not been too many activities in past 90 days OR homes similar to your home has sold below the market due to holidays it can damp your home value. If you wait out till spring it may help you with bit better price. Also spring brings larger pool of buyers.
Depending on what your end goal is the answer can vary. If you are just selling and moving out of the area it would make sense to go on the market now when you more time to sell and capture the serious buyers.
Yes, there are true buyers out there now. And those buyers are likely to be more serious because they're looking now.
If you wait two months (when you're ready to sell now): (1) You'll miss the serious buyers in January and February; (2) Interest rates probably will go up (they've been rising for more than a month now), making your home (and all properties) less attractive; (3) You'll be competing against more properties out there; and (4) Your possible dream home will already have been bought by someone else.
Disadvantages to putting your home on the market now? The only one, really, is that if your home isn't properly priced it'll sit on the market and be perceived as "stale" by the time others put their homes on the market. However, that's not a function of the time of year, but rather of properly pricing it now.
And in Virginia, the season--to the extent that there is one--begins right after the first of the year.
Your instincts are correct: Put your home on the market earlier rather than later.
Hope that helps.