Lets examine human nature.
MOST people will make the mistake of NOT BUYING during the holiday season and "Wait until the first of the year" Tax Returns are on the horizon... so.. dormant buyers are now waking up, smelling the foldgers crystals, and popping on to real estate sites like Trulia, and looking for homes.
Like many markets, Real Estate comes in waves. Its up in the beginning of the year, down during the spring, way up in the summer, dies down a bit after school starts, and towards the end of the year.. there is a suprise up again (excluding the holidays)... Winter is not the time to take the home off the market.
Think about it like this... You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. So if your home is NOT on the market... YOU WILL NOT SELL IT... even if it is slow.. as long as it is on the market.. you have a shot.
Just be smart about it.. Be sure the tempature is nice, it smells good, looks clean, lights are on, and a fresh pan of baked cookies on the stove with a little sign that says, "Please enjoy a cookie while you look at the home."
Remember... the nicer your home presents itself, the more likely it is to sell, and for more money. Remember... its not your home anymore... its a Model Home. Oh.. and another hint.. since I represent so many buyers... MAKE THE HOME EASY TO SEE... no one hour notices or appointment onlys... that annoys buyers, and if you ever turn down a showing... just know.. that buyer won't be back. So.. even if you are eating dinner, watching your soaps, or doing dishes... let them in!