I believe that the most important element for selling a home is finding a good Realtor that you trust. And then, and the second (equally) important element is Staging the Home before it goes on the market.
Since I'm in the Staging business, I've included National statistics on Staging from the Accredited Staging Professionals Website:
Sharlene Hensrud (the BEST Realtor I've found!!) and I have teamed up on some homes lately. We found the above statistics to be true....even during the Holidays!
So if you are serious about selling your home, stage it. Do it yourself, have a friend do it or hire someone....but stage it! And then.....pick a successful Realtor that understands the market. These two elements are your best chance for a faster sale!