There is no guarantees in today's market. Some listing go into contract very quickly but get bogged down by the banks and then there are others that will remain on the market and when in contract close relatively quickly. I have ran into the same problem with one of my sellers but they still insist on putting their home for sale when they are ready in May not taking into consideration that there are tons of buyers aggressively scouting right now. It would be great i the tax credit is extended.
I wish you all the best and here's to a better year.
I have been telling my agents to inform their sellers and potential listing that they need to be aggressive about finding a buyer NOW! They have to be in contract by April 30 or as I just read have an accepted price (signed Binder) and close the Transaction by June 30. The two months to close is doable but to get to an accepted time is running out. Use it to motivate your sellers to price break.
If they go into contract right away, and have a lender who can work quickly it may be doable--but your guess would be just as good as mine--things can happen to slow the process down, therefore it's not advisable to offer any guarantee.