At this time of the year I usually get a few clients ask me if this is a good time to buy real estate. My answer is usually "YES". Why? Less multiple offers and a better time to negotiate with seller(s).
Even though the inventory or curb appeal may not be to your liking in the variety of homes at this time of year but you can always pay someone to do it or complete the work on your own.
Overall, evaluate your purpose and budget to determine what works best for you and your family.
Happy house hunting.