"So, when does the Spring market start? When should I put my house on the market?"
The answer is NOW if your homes value is at or under $400,000 in Beverly! http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/01915-Beverly/
Every market is specific. Every town, and every type of house, including every price point is a "pocket market" within a larger market. It takes a Realtor® with the tools, data, and knowledge to interpret the market and counsel you in both pricing and timing of introducing your home to the market.
Higher priced homes may be moving at a different pace than mid-priced homes. Capes may be in demand where split levels may be lagging. One neighborhood, or community, may be experiencing a burst of sales with sufficient inventory, while another may experience a shortage of inventory and slow sales.
Politics and zoning may have an effect on timing, too.
If you're looking for a simple answer, the time to sell is when you're ready to sell! Only you know when that is, and it's only after talking with your Realtor® that you can make a decision based on the pulse of the market. Remember, the Realtor® shouldn't be there to "get your listing!" Our responsibility as Realtors® is to counsel you using state-of-the-art tools and timely information so that you can make the informed decision to place your home "in" the market in order to affect a sale. Putting your home "on" the market isn't nearly as effective or efficient as placing your home "in" the market. We'd much rather have you in the market rather than off, or out!
When you're ready, the only good sign on a house is a SOLD sign!
Linda O'Connor, Broker, Lux Realty North Shore