House for Sale? 4 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

Last Updated Mar 14, 2011 1:05 PM EDT

This article was last updated on March 14, 2011.

Home sellers, buckle up: Spring selling season is almost here, and it's going to be a bumpy ride.

While home prices are headed higher in a few markets, mortgage rates are edging up, deals are fragile, and lenders are on edge. "Last-minute glitches are holding up things far longer than we have ever seen before," says Michael Onorato, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors.

Just because you have a real estate agent, that doesn't mean you can sit back and let the pro sell your house. To get top dollar, you'll need to take control of the relationship and micro-manage like