You need to ask your agent to show you how many homes are currently on the market in your price range, how many are selling each month, and what the average days on market is. Also, what is the trend locally? Some markets are leveling off, and some have already started to improve....others have not. This will help give you a practical estimate of how soon you will want to get your house on the market.
Beyond this, pricing it right and making sure it is in the best possible condition will both reduce the market time. An experienced agent can help you determine what improvements will be worth your time and money.
If you price your house attractively, and it is marketed well, it should sell. A clean and clutter-free house expedites the sale process. I would suggest asking friends/colleagues for recommendations of full-time realtors in the area. Interview at least 2 to 3 realtors and ask for their perspective on your house in the current market.
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Berkshire Property Agents
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230