Affordable housing can be found in Westchester County

In Westchester County, homebuyers are increasingly interested in the for-sale properties throughout the area. Real estate in Westchester County, New York, continues to draw major attention, whether for the area's beautiful landscapes or political issues.

Single-family house sales increased by 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous year, Westchester County Real Estate Market Statistics reports. By the end of the second quarter of 2012, an additional 1,788 closed residential sales were recorded, an increase of 12 percent year-over-year, Westchester.com reports.

Nevertheless, a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Union Plus shows four out of five Americans are still unwilling to buy homes or refinance their mortgages. The data found that 53 percent of respondents have concerns over the stability of the economy, and 83 percent of people said closing costs still remain too high.

"With only 18 percent of working families willing to invest in buying new homes, what this poll tells us, first and foremost, is that we need to help working Americans feel confident about investing in housing," Union Plus President Leslie Tolf said.

Affordable housing options are available nationwide, even in communities in Westchester County. As a part of a 2009 fair housing settlement between Westchester and the federal government, the county agreed to build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 communities, according to Politics on the Hudson. While the county has moved forward with the plans, very little has been advertised about the availability of such structures. Homeowners who want to move to Westchester County can take advantage of these great starter homes as a way to benefit from renowned local school systems and the area's proximity to major metro hub, New York City.

Westchester County is a large region of New York state, and it's comprised of little villages perfect for homebuyers looking to move away from the pressures of city life. With dozens of golf courses scattered among the towns, and wooded areas abound, residents may find life to be peaceful in the County. Make sure you take a look around when shopping for a new home in New York.