Regardless of your need for real estate, if you are going to take advantage of the situation, you need to act counter intuitively.
When there is low housing stock on the market for sale, shorter than normal marketing times and prices are on the rise. This is the best time to sell.
When prices are softening, there are more homes on the market than usual and there are fewer buyers qualified to purchase. This is the best time to buy.
Remember, regardless of the market, people need to buy and sell every day for one reason or another. In any market, properties sell everyday. If you are in need of help, call a qualified real estate professional who will earn your business through local knowledge, market expertise and excellent communication skills.