I'd say NOW is a good time. Personally, I'm looking to assist a relative with a home purchase in Upper Darby, we'd like to locate and make an offer on a property by October 9th (within the next two weeks). I'm working with an agent and we are looking to see houses this upcoming Sunday (9/25) afternoon. While many buyers want to see a pristine house in top condition, I'm more concerned about the structure and mechanicals of the house. If you have clutter in it, I can see past that. Likewise, I can see past old paint & wallpaper, etc., this isn't my first house. What we can't deal with is houses that are missing critical mechanicals (furnace, stove, electrical panel) because we're not going for a renovation loan - so the house has be be at least habitable to meet my lender's requirements. Let me know if you put the properties up for sale, esp. if they have 3 or more bedrooms and are at least 1,200 square feet in living space.