The time around Thanksgiving and Christmas is typically when the inventory is often at its lowest level in general, as people tend to get more into the holidays. Homes buying often resumes after the holidays, and there is a phrase that says that spring begins January 2nd in real estate. This past July, Ossining had 146 active single family home listings available on the MLS. One week short of December, Ossining now has 144 active and available listings for sale. Inventory has not gone down, indicating that buyers continue to have excellent choices in the so called "off season" and probably a more motivated pool of sellers as well.
People who love Ossining are attracted to the river views, close proximity to Teatown, Maryknoll, good shopping, beautiful homes, lovely downtown, and of course the attractive commuting distance to New York City on the Hudson train line of Metro North.
Prospective home buyers no longer have to have to put on a hat and scarf to search for homes in Ossining these days, especially if they are just starting out. Most brokers, including myself, have online home searches that allow you to search for homes, see the photos and specifics and compare features on their website.
Our firm has a number of online home searches, and the Listingbook home search is one I highly recommend. It allows you to search homes on the same MLS database as agents use, the Empire Access MLS, with high functionality. Registration is free and confidential. My clients love it, and there hundreds of registered users since we unveiled it. It isn't just Ossining homes for sale, it covers all of the Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Bronx county inventory on the MLS.
Buyers have good choices, even now in the so-called "slow" season, and online search tools make finding a good home easier than ever.