As we get ready to settle in for another winter in the Adirondacks, excitement is the word to describe the general psyche of our Adirondack communities. Because, unlike many other places in the world, we have an innate affection for snow, cold and everything winter. If you love the Adirondacks and cold weather as much as we do, maybe it's time to consider investing in one of our many homes for sale in Lake Placid or elsewhere across the park.
Here, the possibilities for winter adventures are endless: skiing at Whiteface Mountain, enjoying holiday traditions in Lake Placid, skating on frozen ponds, cross country skiing through snowy woods, and getting in as many cold weather adventures as it takes to fend off cabin fever. Call it our version of the Norwegian concept, hygge, which also entails a sense of 'coziness' – and trust us, there's nothing like enjoying an evening at home by the fire after a long day of playing outside, feet kicked up and drink in hand.
Next to our passion for winter and the outdoors, we're perhaps even more passionate about our communities and the place we call home, making the Adirondacks a fantastic place to live, raise a family, start a business, or buy that second home – check out our Adirondack camps if a cozy retreat in the woods is one of your dreams.
While you're on the hunt for a new home, visit and stay in one of our Lake Placid rentals to see just how wonderful an Adirondack winter can really be. Our agents are always here to lend recommendations for the best places to eat and things to do. As for buying a home in winter? It's surprisingly one of the best times to house hunt – here are a few reasons why:
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Adirondack Real Estate in Winter
- Lower Temps, Lower Prices – Historically, home prices tend to drop in the winter months due to decreases in demand and, conversely, supply of housing inventory. Picture that supply and demand graph you learned way back in Econ 101 and you've got the picture.
- Less Inventory = Motivated Sellers – While winter equals less real estate inventory, you'll also find that sellers might be a bit more motivated than higher inventory seasons like spring and summer. This might be for a variety of reasons, including the fact that people are looking to tie up loose ends before the new year.
- Competition ¬– With less demand for real estate in the winter, that means less competition for you as a homebuyer – especially around the holidays when people might be traveling and delaying a home purchase until after the New Year.
- Different Kind of Curb Appeal – Speaking of the holidays, while many might find the greenery of summer to be more appealing when shopping for a home, winter means twinkling holiday lights among sparkling snow... a different kind of curb appeal when house hunting.
- Testing a Home's Winter Stamina – While some landscaping quirks may be hidden by the snow, searching and evaluating homes in the winter can reveal issues with bigger systems like heating and plumbing. Let's face it, a little landscaping work come spring will end up being less expensive than repairing frozen pipes during the first few weeks of winter.