Great question! First I have to ask if you have realtor representation. If you do, then your realtor should be able to counsel you on where you are in the market. See, real estate is local, very local. Your realtor should know your neighborhood as well as how the market is moving in your specific area. A Listing agent is the expert who should be able to dial in the proper marketing, the level pricing that moves your house as quickly as the market will yield. If you are not represented by a Realtor, well, then there is your first challenge.
Think of it this way, would you pull your own tooth or see a dentist? Would you operate on yourself or seek the expertise of a surgeon? That is the value an ethical Realtor brings to your sale.
If you are not represented, interview a couple. Yes, I said interview. This Realtor works for you. Guides you through the transaction and makes sure everything is done properly and ethically. If you do not know where to start, contact me, I will give you either a few names of local trusted Realtors or at least a place for you to start. Not all real estate agents are the same. Anyone can be a n agent, they just have to pass the state requirements and exam. A Realtor goes beyond that with ethics commitment, education, community service and constantly training to keep up with current market trends.
Rent or sell, is ultimately your choice, but with the help and guidance of a savvy, ethical Realtor, the choice should be easy.