Prices are down, but volume is up according to the data for single family homes in the Ossining school district for November 1-30 2011. All information is taken from the Empire Access Multiple Listing Service.
This past November, 11 homes closed at a median sale price of $332,000.
In November of 2010, 8 homes closed at a median sale price of $367,500.
It is consistent that lower prices would yield a higher volume of closings. With the winter and end of the year coming, more sellers might be willing to discount their price for expediency. I counted several homes that sold considerably below asking price by percentage, with 7 selling below 90% of asking. Buyers did very well last month.
30 homes are currently under contract or pending sale, down from 37 last month.This is normal, as activity tends to slow down around the Holidays. My experience is that while activity is lower this time of year, those that are in the market tend to be more serious.
The median price of those 30 homes is $379,200. Last month, the median price of pending homes was $449,000, so the more expensive homes had an easier time closing. This is also not unexpected- lower cost homes, typically bought by first-time home buyers often hit more roadblocks than higher cost homes where financing is typically less of an issue, and even cash terms are seen with some frequency. As a matter of fact, 2 of the 11 closed sales were cash, including one for $1.975 million.
119 homes are available for sale, which is only down 2 units from last month. People must be taking my advice and not hibernating for the holidays!
One thing that remains a constant is that buyers remain in the superior position as winter approaches. The good weather is also a factor, coupled with strong inventory, so we may see spring arrive early in Ossining real estate in 2012.
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