No one has the crystal ball that tells when one's buyer may be looking.
There is a possibility that your buyer could be using the holidays to conveniently look for their new home.
It is adviseable for any seller, once they decide to sell, to keep their property marketed and available for showing appointments.
Most buyers are flexible during the holidays not to infringe on family schedules, and will work with realsonably mutually agreement schedules.
It would be a shame to possibly lose a buyer to another property by arbitrarily taking a property off the market for even a short period of time.
Many realtors have written offers on Christmas Eve and day after Christmas.
Best of luck with the sale of your home
Some additional items to consider. In 2008, the MLS numbers for homes in your area will change from 27xxxxxx to 28xxxxxx. Savvy agents will be informing their buyers of this information so having a 271xxxxx number will really date your home. The area MLS also keeps a record of the history of your home, which includes dates of any changes in price or status as explained by Lisa. The total days on market number continues to count unless the home is off the market for 31 days. All buyers agents are able to view this number and must inform their buyers.
Please ask your agent to show you all homes that sold in your immediate subdivision or area. For example: Fox, Fox sub 1, and Fox sub 2 are 3 distinct immediate areas. Whatever number of homes sold in 2007 you can estimate that a similar number of homes will sell in 2008. This will assist you in correctly positioning your home to sell. For instance, if two homes sold during 2007 your home needs to be priced within the first 2 of your area to sell in 2008.
I hope that makes sense, if you have any questions feel free to contact a real estate professional through Trulia for more information. It's always good to get a second opinion.
One thing to keep in mind about your pricing, without knowing anything about your amenities, etc. homes that are priced below yours in the neighborhood will more then likely get shown in conjunction with yours. So, an agent may take them into a higher priced home and then show lower priced and say you can get all this and for $10K less. It's not necessarily the best situaiton to be priced the highest in the neighorhood unless you home really, really warrants a higher price such as much bigger, more bedrooms, etc.
While I would typically agree that a break over the holiday isn't a bad thing, I would probably reconsider given my recent experience in this market.
One of my listings hadn't had very few showings the past few months. We just had two showings last weekend, both of which are considering the home--coming back again this week! If we had taken it off the market like they had wanted to do, we may have missed out on these buyers.
With buyers so few and far between these days, my personal opinion is that you just can't take a chance on missing out on any. Plus SERIOUS buyers still look over the holiday season, particularly between Christmas & New Year when they have time off or are coming in from out of town.
How many times has the home been shown? What has been the feedback from buyers and agents who have viewed your home? It only takes one good offer from a buyer do want to risk missing that by taking the house off the market ?
I hope you do have great success in selling your home !!!
If your house is competitive and gorgeous (like it sounds...) you shouldn't worry about the 2-3 weeks off the market. Yours will shine brightly, if it's priced competitively. Sounds like your agent knows what she's doing.