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5 Reasons To Hire Christy and Garth Gillespie – Jackson Hole Real Estate Agents

Christy and I are proud to work with many different buyers and sellers in the Jackson Hole real estate market each and every year.  We work extremely hard is taking care of our customers in all of the aspects of a real estate transactions.  We sat down the other day and discussed what we do and why we believe Buyers and Sellers call us.  It was an extremely interesting team meeting and we came up with many reasons but we kept coming back to these 5 reasons:

1.  We help with all the disclosures and paperwork necessary in today’s heavily regulated environment.  Of course we don’t do all of these ourselves but we do have a large team of individuals and businesses that assist in this.  Buying and Selling real estate involves a lot of paperwork!  Our team consists of three of us — Christy, Garth and Audrey Williams.  Audrey Williams is a licensed agent that works as our Client Coordinator.

2. We are well educated in and experienced with the entire sales process.  There are not many real estate agents or teams in Jackson Hole that complete the amount of transactions the Gillespie Real Estate Team does year after year.  In 2013 we have already completed 33 transactions – that’s 1 transaction every week!  We have seen the difficulties in financing in the current banking environment, we have seen prices jump in the beginning of 2013 which have now settled down, we have seen inventory shrink and sellers raise their listing prices…we have basically seen the market evolve in the past year and know how to handle the current environment.

3. We act as a “buffer” in negotiations with all parties throughout the entire transactions.  We enter every transaction trying to make it as easy as possible for all parties involved.

4.  We understand today’s real estate values when setting the price on a listing or on an offer to purchase.  Emotions can run high when people are negotiating.  We try to explain the statistics, the trends and make sense out of the whole process.  Some neighborhoods are easier than others but we sit down with each Buyer or Seller and lay out reasons for Listing Prices or where current values are headed.

5.  We simply and effectively explain today’s real estate headlines and decipher what they mean.  There are so many mixed signals in the press today.  Values going up, inventories shrinking, interest rates rising, markets cooling off…..what does all this mean.  We are here to explain.

To learn more about Christy and Garth Gillespie – the Jackson Hole Real Estate Experts – Call us at 307-413-5243.

 

Best Real Estate Agents in Jackson Hole

Cover of the Best Of...JH Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christy and Garth would like to thank all our friends, family and “fans” for voting us the “Silver” award for “Best Real Estate Agents” in Jackson.  We apprciate the support and are honored by your votes.  Thank you!

There were many great winners for the “Best of…”  We would also thank the JH Weekly for their hardword in putting together this contest.  The “Weekly” provides excellent reading entertainment every week and in 2011 started Jackson’s very own “Groupon” with the “Half Off Jackson Hole” program.

Thanks again to all our voters and to learn more about our ever changing real estate market in Jackson Hole please contact the Jackson Hole Experts — Christy and Garth Gillespie at Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty garth.gillespie@jhsir.com or by calling us at 307-413-5243.  We are busy getting ready for the summer season after a successful first few months.  We are gladdly accepting new listings and if you call us soon we will be able to secure a spot in the coverted “Summer Catalogue”.

Buying in Jackson Hole– Make Sure You Ask About Assumable Mortgages

 

Wow – Christy and I just learned some powerful information this week that we would like to share.   It was brought to our attention that buyers that are in the lower end of the market should be talking with their mortgage bankers about FHA loans and or assumable mortgages.  This is forward thinking but right now we are experiencing record low interest rates.  Buyers of properties right now are able to secure financing for under 3% in some situations.

Why are we bringing this up?  When a FHA homebuyer is buying a home today they will have the opportunity to lock in these extremely low interest rates.  Then when the buyer becomes a seller some day they will have an assumable mortgage.  This means a qualified purchaser can “take over” the loan. 

As an example, a $300,000 loan at 4% today carries with it a $1,432.25 principal and interest payment on a 30 year fixed mortgage. If offered for sale in five years, the purchaser could assume the $271,858.56 balance with the same $1,432.25 payment and remaining term of 25 years. The total payments over the 25 years would be $429,675.

Compare that to a new $272,000 loan at 6.5% for 25 years, which would carry a monthly payment of $1,836.56 (over $400 more a month than the assumption and more than $120,000 more over the 25 year term).

At 6.5% for 25 years, to wind up with the same payment as the assumed mortgage, our borrowers would only be getting $212,000…$60,000 LESS!

The point here is that, when rates go up, homes with assumable mortgages will have more value and will sell at higher prices because they are more affordable.

We hope you find this information helpful.  For additional buying tip in the Jackson Hole Real Estate market please contact the Jackson Hole Experts – Christy and Garth Gillespie at 307-413-5243 or email at garth.gillespie@jhsir.com.  You can also visit Jackson Hole Sotheby’s website at www.jhsir.com.

Jackson Hole Real Estate November 2011 Market Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novemeber 2011 has come and gone here in the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market and we witnessed a pretty strong month when looking at the year as a whole.  There were 31 transactions last month — No quite the 13780 properties that sell every day in the United States but Jackson does contribute!  “How’s the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market?” — Well, “We sell a property every day!” 

In a couple of weeks we will be able to show you a graph of how we measure up when comparing Nov. 2010 to Nov. 2011 but in a nutshell, last year we had about $10 million more in sales volume but transactions were 16% lower.  November 2011 saw a median sales price of about $550,000.  This is quite low indicating a stronger low end market.  This is encouraging in my eyes as we are really starting to see the lower end market strengthen.  This of course is being generated by a few short sales, bank sales and realistic sellers.  1/3 of the market in Novemeber sold for under $400,000.

The higher end market saw some good signs too as we saw 2 transactions of about $7 million.  The Jackson market had 9 sales over $1 million. 

Other stats:  3 vacant land transactions, 5 condo transactions in Teton Village, 10 sales in the Town of Jackson.

Please call with any questions or if you need any additional information on the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market — Garth Gillespie, sales associate and partner of the Gillespie Real Estate Team – Jackson Hole Sotheby’s, 307-413-5243 or email at garth.gillespie@jhsir.com

 

 

 

Cottonwood Flats – Brand New Townhomes in Jackson Hole

Don’t miss the opportunity to tour Cottonwood Flats – Jackson Hole’s newest townhome development. These brand new townhomes feature hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, attached garages and plenty of windows. The covered front porches and sidewalks throughout the development contribute to an ‘old neighborhood’ feel. All units come with a 1 year builders warranty.

Cottonwood Flats is located off South Park Loop Road and Whitehouse Drive – across the street from Indian Trails, a single family home neighborhoood. Cottonwood Flats is within walking distance to the Middle School and a bike ride away from the High School. There are connections to the great bike paths throughout the development.

There are currently 24 units complete – with 8 more units under construction and should be completed by Fall 2011. There are two 2-bedroom units available for sale and two 3-bedroom units available. The 2 bedroom units are 1,105 square feet and have a 1 car garage. The 3 bedroom units are 1,602 square feet and have a 2 car garage. Living in Cottonwood Flats is maintenance free as the HOA installs and maintains the landscaping, plows the sidewalks and driveways and will maintain the neighborhood park (constructed in a future phase). Dogs and cats are allowed.

We have model units that are open and available to show – just make an appointment.  Contact Garth Gillespie, sales representative and partner of the The Gillespie Real Estate Team at Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty by email garth.gillespie@jhsir.com or call me at 307-413-5243 to set up an appointment.

Jackson Hole Real Estate Market Update: Statistics through June 2011

The first half of the year, the Jackson Hole real estate market experienced a slight improvement in sales dollar volume, but saw a significant increase in unit sales, suggesting that more transactions are happening in Teton County, but at lower sales prices.

Through June 2011, closed real estate transations in the Jackson Hole area were up 28% compared with the same period in 2010, while dollar volume sales rose improved only slightly. However, both unit sales and dollar volume were well above the lows of the real estate market in 2009 – unit sales up 96% and sales volume up 114%. Click here to view graph

June has proven to be the best month in 2011 for real estate sales dollar volume. In the month of June in Teton County, there were 29 transactions totaling $36.5 million. Compare this to the previous month of May (typically a slow month in real estate out here), where sales volumn totaled only $12 million.  Click here for a graph

Real Estate Sales by Area:

North of Town has seen the largest improvement in sales volume, with a 48% increase over the first half of 2010. North of the Town of Jackson includes neighborhoods such as Owl Creek, Solitude, Bar-B-Bar Meadows, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis and Moulton Ranches. There were 23 sales totaling $46 million through June 2011.  South of Jackson Hole also experienced an increase in sales volume with sales totaling $21 million, a 28% increase over the first half of 2010. Teton Village experienced the largest increase in real estate transactions, with a whopping 81% increase over 2010. There were 38 sales in the first half of 2011, with many of the sales happening in the condo and condo-hotel market in Teton Village. Many investors took advantage of low prices on bank owned and foreclosed condos, in order to have a place located walking distance to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

For more information contact The Gillespie Real Estate Team at 307-739-8056 or garth.gillespie@jhsir.com.

2011 Shows Improvement in the Middle Market, Unit Sales Increase

First quarter results for the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market show encouraging trends. Teton County has experienced a slight increase in sales volume, and over 57% increase in units sold for the first quarter of 2011 vs. Q1 in 2010. This is a positive indicator for potentially continued improvement in the market.

Teton County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) also shows a significant increase (over 85%) of units sold in the under $1 million segment.  In the above $1 million segment, MLS reports a 23% increase in units sold in Q1 2011 over Q1 in 2010. Regarding dollar volume of sales, overall in Teton County, Q1 2011 is 12% above 2010. As such, the overall average sales price is down to $1.176 million in Q1 2011 due to the increase in volume in the middle market (under $1m.

Buyers in Jackson Hole are taking advantage of opportunities in the middle market in addition to the high-end market, which has already shown signs of stabilization in 2011. Please contact The Gillespie Real Estate Team at 307-739-8078 to learn about these great opportunties in Jackson Hole real estate.

Where was real estate selling in Jackson Hole in 2010?

Teton County real estate sales totaled $387 million for 2010, which includes Jackson Hole, Wilson, Teton Village, South of Town, North of Town, and West of the Snake River (Wilson).  The Town of Jackson aside, all areas reported susstaintial improvement in sales and unit volume. The area West of the Snake River saw the largest increase over 2009 of 136%, spurred by 4 large land sales and several single family home sales in Teton Pines.  Teton Village, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, also saw a 74.5% increase in real estate sales over 2009, perhaps fueled by the new Aerial Tram and several bank owned condominium sales.

Teton County Units sold in 2010 totaled 261 transactions. The most sales (78) occurred in the Town of Jackson, however the Town experienced the smallest increase (13%) over 2009.  The highest increase (66.7%) in properties sold occurred in the South of Town locations, including Rafter J, Melody Ranch, and Hoback Junction – there were 50 sales in that area.

Average Sales Price increased in all areas, except the Town of Jackson, which experienced a decrease of 16.5% in the average sold price when compared to 2009. Properties West of the Snake River, including Teton Pines & Wilson, saw the largest increase of 93.8% over last year’s average sold price. Again, 4 large land sales and several Teton Pines home sales (averaging $2.8 million each) contributed to this increase. Average days on market were also higher than 2009. The overall all average days on market for sold properties was 282 days in 2010. This is 38% higher than in 2009.  Leading the way was North of Town, where properties were on the market for 367 days, and increase of 75% over last year.

The Gillespie Real Estate Team at Jackson Hole Sotheby’s Internation Realty has access to much more detailed information – call us at 307-739-8078 for a copy of the entire report of the 2010 Jackson Hole Real Estate Market Update.

Teton County, Wyoming: Real Estate Stats – Year to date Feb 2011

According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Teton County real estate sales volume is on track with 2004 and 2008 sales volume levels. Through Feb 2011, there have been 43 real estate sales reported in the MLS in Teton County, which includes Jackson, Wilson, Teton Village, Hoback Junction and Alpine. Total sales volume in this period is $58.1 million. This is a 38% improvement over the same period in 2010, where there were only 22 sales and $44.5 million in sales volume through the months of January and February.  While the first two months of 2011 are will above the ‘bottom’ of 2009, which only had 8 sales totaling $9.7 million, but still below the ‘peak’ of 2006, which saw 92 sales in the first two months of the year totaling $86 million.  

Along with an increase in real estate sales volume, the number of real estate transactions in teh first two months of the year in Teton County doubled from the first two months of 2010.  Of the 21 sales in February alone, Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty had a 33% market share in Teton County. For more information, including graphs, please contact The Gillespie Real Estate Team at Sotheby’s International Realty at 307-739-8078.

Receive emergency updates from Teton County

The Gillespie Real Estate Team has recently learned about a message alert system called NIXLE through Teton County Emergency Management.  This system allows local emergency services in Teton County to send an immediate email or text message to subscribers to the system.  This enables you to know firsthand what is going on in the valley whether it’s an accident, closure on Teton Pass or an earthquake.

There are two ways you can subscribe to the NIXLE system:

1. Visit www.nixle.com and click “sign in here” in the upper right corner, then click “register now for free”. (Tip: If your actual address won’t register, just use the intersection of N Cache and W Broadway as your address.)

2. Text your zip code to 888777 from your cell phone. If you do this, you will only receive text message alerts. If you follow the weblink in the text message, you can access more detailed information which is included in the email alerts.

NIXLE is a completely free service that costs nothing for subscribers or for taxpayers. We hope you will find this service useful and please feel free to forward this message to friends, family and coworkers who also may wish to receive timely emergency information via text message and/or email.

(Note: Local emergency services to not have access to your information, as it is held on a private and secure server managed by the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.)