In my opinion, now is the time to list your home. I have a Clear Lake listing that has been seen 8 times in two weeks that it has been on the market. I am telling my clients to prepare for everything because it could take 1 month-3months-6 or a year. You are in Clear Creek ISD which everyone wants to be in. A year old home with upgrades if priced right shouldn't have a problem selling. Just be patient in our market. California? LUCKY!!! It's a great state that I visit several times a year!
I have family in Houston and follow that real estate market closely from my home and office in San Diego County. It seems that market time in this area of Texas has increased since last summer, so I would advise putting your home on the market as soon as possible.
If your home sells sooner than expected, perhaps you can negotiate occupancy and closing dates with your buyers. Better to have that problem than to have an unsold house when the 2008-2009 school year starts in California.
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