The numbers are in for September real estate closings in the Ossining School district, and they show a significant improvement over the prior September. All information is for single family homes and is sourced by the Empire Access MLS, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors.
In September 2011, 17 single family homes sold at a median sale price of $395,000.
In the same period last year, 9 single family homes sold at a median sale price of $345,000.
That is almost a 90% jump in transaction totals and a 14% rise in median sale price. It is also the best September transaction total enjoyed by the Ossining market since 2006. Median price is still down almost 20% off the peak of 2005, however, and we are a long way from a full recovery off the high water marks of the last decade.
There are currently 19 homes under contract with a buyer at this point in time, at a median list price of $429,500. This is a good sign that the trend of improvement is contunuing into the Autumn market.
136 homes remain on the market as active and available at a similar median list price of $425,000. Buyers still have ample choices from the available inventory, and the asking prices are not far from those that are making it to the closing table.
As a broker, my interpretation of the data is that the sellers are adapting to the new reality of lower prices. If the median asking price were higher, perhaps $475,000, we would likely have far fewer homes under contract, and of course fewer closings. So long as home sellers continue to price their homes to reflect the sensiblities of the buying public, we are likely to see an organic, sustainable recovery going forward.
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