That has always been the question. Some agents will tell you that spring is the best time because kids are out of school, the flowers are blooming and your home will show at it's best. This is all true,.. however first it would be wise to identify who the most likely buyer for your home is.
Is your neighborhood filled with school age children, consisting of families that are either first time buyers or the first or second move up. Or is your neighborhood filled with people who's kids have by in large grown and moved away,..
Is it a professional neighborhood that has been subject to transfers? What are your own needs relating to moving forwards with your life? What is driving the need to sell? A Transfer,.. or is it simply a "want" to??
Whether to put the home on the market now or in the Spring will much depend upon the answers to those questions.
If your neighbors are by in large professionals that are subject to transfer,.. the spring may not be as big of a factor. However if your neighbors have school age kids and have moved into your neighborhood from another district or school area,.. those Buyers "may" choose to wait until the school year is over.
All of that being stated I would likely hold off mid December to Mid January,.. during this time I have found people to be too focused on the holidays and then recovery thereof to be really actively looking for real estate,.. with some exceptions,.. However If you plan on listing right after the holidays,.. make sure you get some pictures of the home all decorated out for them,.. they will be good marketing materials as houses tend to sparkle during this time of year.
Just my thoughts.