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Timing a holiday home sale

Why waiting till 2010 could backfire

DEAR BERNICE: My husband just received a job promotion that will require us to move from Virginia to South Carolina. He starts his new position in January. Our girls are 2 and 4, so we don't have to worry about when we sell in terms of their preschool. I was wondering if it would be smart to list our home over the holidays or to wait until after the first of the year. We have owned our home for 10 years. It's in a good school district. There are not many houses for sale in our area, so we're thinking it might be smart to sell sooner rather than later. What's your opinion? --Cheryl S. DEAR CHERYL: There's no question that showing activity generally slows down between Thanksgiving and the first of the year. Part of this is due to the fact that many agents decide to take vacations during that time. Personally, I had some of my best months for sales in December, especially when I stayed in town rather than taking time off. There are several advantages to having your proper...