If you have been looking forward to selling your home "after the first of the year..." there are many steps you need to take to assure success.
The first one is: Make sure you do not overprice your home !
With today's real estate market in mind... it is even more important to have as much information available to you when pricing your home. It must be competitively priced. That means competitively priced using information on today's market conditions... and not on what happened last year or two or three years ago. That market no longer exists.
You need an asking or listing price that fits in well with all of the competing properties on the market right now. The more attractive your price... the more prospective buyers will look at it.
A professional Realtor has all of the usual market information available on Google, PLUS much additional information that is not easily available to most web-surfing home sellers.
Of course current available sales and closed home information is needed, but other factors are also needed to make your home priced correctly. Size, condition, seller contributions, types of financing available, closing costs paid by the seller, and any improvements the seller made to enhance their home before putting it on the market... all of this information really, really helps when determining list price.
Many times a seller will really push their Realtor to "test the market." By that... they mean over-pricing it for... ohh... thirty days... and if it doesn't sell... then reduce the price.
What that can easily lead to... is not having your home competitively priced until after it had been "branded" as over-priced for thirty days by both the buying public... and the Realtor Buyer Agents. Not a good plan !
The easiest way to get less in your pocket or purse when you sell your home... is to over-price it at the beginning.