|Spring is well-known as the busiest time of year for homebuying, so home sellers should take steps to stand out.|
Homeowners who insist on listing properties at prices they could have gotten during the housing boom shouldn't expect offers any time soon. "If folks overprice their homes in the current marketplace, all they're doing is helping sell other homes in the neighborhood," Wyman says. He recommends sitting down with an expert who'll suggest an asking price by analyzing how much comparable homes in your neighborhood have sold for in the past year. "For sale by owner" sellers should check local newspapers for recent property sales, hit Web sites such as Zillow.com ( Z) for estimated values or pay a few hundred dollars for a professional appraisal.