While you may think this time of year may not be the best for house hunting, there actually are some distinct advantages for looking.
The Sellers Mean Business
Just like you, home sellers this time of year typically want business to move quickly due to immediate need. This means: a faster negotiation period, and greater willingness on their behalf to agree to concessions. Even if you make a lower offer, they may be more willing than normal to work with you.
Not a lot of people are out looking for homes this time of year, so this reduces your chances of multiple offer bidding wars (which occurs a lot more in the spring and summer). Less competition often means, also, a bigger discount on your housing budget. Work with an experienced real-estate agent in your area to determine what housing price range you could be competitive in this time of year.