So far the spring market has been healthy. In order to arrive at a correct market price one would need to actually see your home and then compare other properties within the area to your home. While there is not a scientific formula for arriving at a list price this will give you a good starting point. As an agent it is also my responsiblitiy to help you develop a punch list of what needs to be done to the home - staying within your budget - to maximize the sale price of your home.
Even the homeowner that I am working with admitted that Zillow's "zestimate" had his home overpriced. His home is in the "value range" provided by Zillow...but generally this value range has a large swing. I like getting a basic idea from Zillow...but always remind buyers and sellers that Zillow is just that...a very basic idea.
As far as your market conditions...we have been very optimistic here recently with the activity from buyers in the market. It is impossible to accurately say how your market will be this summer but the potential is very good. Still, the market does require a strong dedication and plan to properly sell the home. Talk with a couple of realtors to get an idea on price and marketing strategies.
Hope that helps...good luck this spring...the weather keeps reminding us how quickly it is coming!
The outlook for spring ...for me is optimistic. Buyer activity has been brisk so far but the question remains how that activity translates to sales. We'll know more as Q1 comes to a close. Kirkland's sale's activity has historically peaked (as with most areas) between March and May. So your best shot of selling is as you said... spring time. Now, with that being said, .. price wise for the year should be pretty flat, but things are definitely moving. If you have a good house on a good lot and you're not asking for the moon, you have a good shot at getting it sold.
Regarding Zillow....I recently (last month) completed a pricing and market report for a seller up in Juanita area and Zillow's estimate for the place has gone up about $160K in 1 month ...obviously not realistic. My friends at zillow say that some changes were made to their valuation system and that's why valuations suddenly changed. My advice is to regard Zillow estimates as a ballpark figure ...a big ballpark...safeco field + qwest field big. The best way is to have someone do a thorough analysis of your house and immediate area. Get a couple opinions and see what they all say.
I'd be happy to email you these graphs I have made for the Kirkland market. It's a lot easier to understand than writing it out in words.
Do, or have done, an honest market comparison of your home. Plan on pricing your home on the low end of comparable homes on the market to generate traffic to your home. Plan on staging your home so when the buyers come to see it, they want to fall in love with it and buy it. It may even require doing some of those updates so there aren't too many things for a new buyer to do. Too much work to be done is a turn-off to buyers, particularly in a slower market.
If you look at all of that, and your net still looks attractive to you with whatever work is required to actually get your home sold in a short time frame you should probably do it! If you don't want to price your home competitively, state it well and make it move-in ready, it probably won't sell anyway.
There are many good folks in your area who can help, but I'm not one of them!
Good luck on whatever you decide,