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Are you ready for winter in Jackson Hole?

The beautiful oranges and yellows of fall are alive in Jackson Hole. The sun is shining, temperatures have cooled off and the tourists have left after a busy summer season. Don’t be fooled! Winter is just around the corner and weather experts are expecting another big winter, much to the delight of local skiers, tourists and the folks at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. While it won’t be an easy task to top last year’s record breaking snow fall of over 700″ (locals are still talking about their epic ski runs from last winter), Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is ready another “La-Nina” snow year.

During these times of economic uncertainty, while many ski resorts are tightening their budgets, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort continues to show its commitment to improving and enhancing the skier experience. Construction is nearly complete on the new Marmot chairlift, which will provide access from the bottom of the Thunder chairlift up to the top of the Gondola and the Coulier Restaurant. JHMR will also increase their snow making capacity and will have an additional cat for more grooming.

Getting to Jackson Hole this winter will be even easy with direct flights from Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, L.A. and Dallas. A new flight from Newark takes off this season as well. From the airplane window, visitors can get their first glance of the 4,200 feet of vertical available for skiing, along with the famous Grand Teton mountain range. There are several winter lodging / skiing packages available. Click HERE for more information.

Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty has several Teton Village property opportunities from condos to condohotels to single family homes. The Gillespie Real Estate Team can help you find the perfect ski vacation home. Contact us at 307-413-5243 or garth.gillespie@jhsir.com

Is it time to buy a Vacation Home in Jackson Hole?

A recent Wall Street Journal article suggests the clouds may be lifting over the national vacation home market, especially in the luxury segment of the real estate market. Overall, the second-home market is down 11% from 2009 and roughly 25% from 2006, compared to a 22% drop in the overall housing market, according to the article. However, the higher end of the vacation home market ($5 million and up) has held up much better. Douglas Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae explains “At the top of the market, particularly luxury homes, prices have proven very elastic, and have sprung upward quickly”.

Markets such as Palm Beach Island, FL, the Hamptons, NY and Aspen, CO have been experiencing an uptick in inquiries and real estate sales. This is not to say the boom is back, however. Overall, properties that are in prime locations, such as waterfront or ski resort properties, are selling, but homes in less desirable locations are still a bit sluggish. In addition, areas that were able to avoid over building and therefore keep inventories at a manageable level have also seen an improvement in sales.

What’s interesting is that most vacation home buyers aren’t looking to make a big profit. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), more than 80% of second home buyers surveyed reported that they purchased for consumption reasons – to live in the house and enjoy it – not for investment. Additionally, many second home buyers are cash buyers (36% of vacation home purchases last year were all cash deals, according to NAR) and they can therefore sidestep many of the restrictions placed on second home purchases by lending institutions.

In Jackson Hole, inventory levels remain high, creating many opportunities for second homebuyers in Teton Village, The Aspens, Teton Pines, and Shooting Star Golf Community. If you are interested in a link of available second home properties in Jackson Hole, please email us at garth.gillespie@jhsir.com — The Gillespie Real Estate Team at Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty.

For a full copy of the Wall Street Journal article, click here.

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.

Real Estate Sales in February 2011 – Most Activity in Teton Village and Wilson

February 2011 was a very active month in real estate sales in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Overall, this month we saw 16 real estate sales in the Jackson Hole area, with most sales concentrated in Teton Village and Wilson, WY. Total real estate sales volume for the month topped $27 million, with an average sale price of just over $2 million. On average properties were selling at 85% of thier latest listing price and, on average, were on the market for 245 days prior to selling.

It appears the record snowfall at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, encouraged many buyers to purchase condos, condohotels and homes in Teton Village this winter. Of the 16 total real estate sales in the area, 1/2 of them were near the ski resort. These sales covered a wide range of properties and price points  – a 2 week fractional sold at the Teton Club, a 1 bedroom condohotel at Snake River Lodge and Spa and a 3 bedroom condohotel at Teton Mountain Lodge sold this February. There were also 2 sales of condominiums in the Nez Perce condo and the Teewinot building. These condos are a short walk or shuttle ride from the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.   A 2 bedroom unit at the Four Seasonsand a 3 bedroom unit at Crystal Springs also sold, both with ski-in, ski-out access. A large home in Lake Creek Ranch and the end of Granite Creek Road across from Teton Village sold in early February.

 Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole > Exterior of hotel.                            

Wilson also saw several sales this past month including a home in Stilson Ranch, a home in Crescent H Ranch and large home with a horse stable in Wilson. There were twp sales in Town – a 2 bedroom Ponderosa condo that was listed at $99,900 and a Love Ridge Condo at the base of Snow King Resort. The largest sale of the month was a 10,000 square foot, 5 bedroom home in Spring Creek Ranch that was listed at $9,500,000.

The Gillespie Real Estate Team of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty is always tracking the real estate market in Jackson Hole. We’d be happy to share our market knowledge, insight and experience – just give us a call at 307-739-8078.

Teton Village Real Estate: Off to a great start in 2011

In 2011, we have seen an increase in real estate activity in Teton Village.  In the past 20 days, there have been two closed sales in Teton Village. Both real estate sales were condos located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A 2 bedroom, 2 bath, bank owned, condo sold in mid January. The other sale happened this past weekend – a 3 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse condo in the Nez Perce Condominium Building.

                                  

 Additionally, there are currently 15 properties under contract in Teton Village. Seven of those were put under contract in the new year!  They include a wide range of property types. Four of the sales are condominiums within walking distance to the Jackson Hole ski resort. There is one unit under contract in the Snake River Lodge & Spa and a 2 bedroom unit in the Four Seasons – both ski-in, ski-out properties. There is also a 3 bedroom Timbers at Granite Ridge currently under contract.

While the above properties are spoken for, there are still many real estate opportunities in Teton Village. In fact, there are 85 properties for sale in a wide range of price ranges – a condo hotel for $299,000,  a 2-bedroom condominium for $445,000, a 4 bedroom vacation home for $3 million and a Four Seasons Penthouse Residence for $6 million.

The Gillespie Real Estate Team can easily guide you through these real estate opportunities and help you to find the perfect winter getaway in Jackson Hole. Call us today at 307-739-8078 for a list of all available properties in Teton Village.

Jackson Hole Real Estate Hotsheet Highlights Jan. 1 – Jan. 11, 2009

What is the Jackson Hole Real Estate Hot Sheet? One of a Realtor’s most important tools is the local Teton County Multiple Listing Service, a dynamic database of currently available properties and much, much more, including sales histories, Competitive Market Analysis programs and information only available to members. The MLS also provides a daily “Hot Sheet” brimming with the latest price changes, new listings, pending and closed sales, as well as expired, withdrawn and back on the market properties.

New listings:
There were 28 new listings for residential property in Teton County, WY, between New Year’s Day and January 10. The least expensive is a 1-bed, 1-bath, 760 sq. ft. condo in the Aspens listed at $419K and the most expensive is “Bighorn Lodge,” an 8,000 sq. ft. new home on 5.23 acres in Solitude priced at $12,750,000. Ten properties were listed below $1M, another 10 were priced between $1M and $2M, and 6 between $2M and $3.5M.
Coincidentally, the same 10 days in 2008 also saw 28 new listings for residential property in the same area. Thanks to the “custom” Hot Sheet, we can see also see how these newly listed properties fared over the course of the year.
· Twelve of the 28 properties eventually sold, with the least expensive being a Ponderosa Village condo (2-bed, 1-bath, 716 sq. ft.) for $379K and the most expensive being a $3.95M home in Willowbrook.

· Three are still active, 11 listings expired and one was withdrawn.

Closed and pended listings:

Perhaps more indicative of any overall trends may be a look at closed and pended transactions for the same time frame.
· This year has seen 2 closings on homes in Teton County, with one of them being a fractional (1/6th) unit in Teton Pines and other a home on Munger Mountain for $900K. No property has gone under contract so far in 2009.

· In 2008, there were six closings year to date at this point, with 8 properties going under contract.

· Teton Village:

With the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort now 100 percent open (when avalanche conditions permit!) and winter in full swing, many of the buyers in town are focusing their attention on Teton Village property.
What’s the latest in the land of the big new shiny red tram?
· The first thing that jumps out is that of the 130 active listings in Teton Village, 42 are fractional ownerships at Teton Club with the least expensive being 2 weeks (one fall, one spring) in a 2-bed unit and the most expensive being 4 prime weeks including New Year’s in a 3-bed unit for $350,000.

· The least expensive full ownership condo in TV is a 464 sq. ft. studio built in 1972 listed at $389K. The lowest priced unit with 2 baths is $685K.

Thanks for visiting the Jackson Hole Real Estate and Community News Blog sponsored by Christy and Garth Gillespie from Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson Hole. For more information on the “Hot Sheet” please feel free to contact me – Brian Siegfried, sale associate and Gillespie Real Estate Team member at brian.siegfried@sothebysrealty.com.

Jackson Hole Real Estate Hotsheet Highlights

The Web is crawling with ways to search for real estate listings. In this region, the best way to get started is at Jackson Hole Experts But for when you want to know what Realtors know … you need the Hotsheet!

New listing highlights: New Jackson Hole listings have been few in the past month or so, predictable for this time of year, but Teton Village and in-town condos have been hitting the hotsheet in greater numbers in the past few days.

The second new Four Seasons in Jackson Hole listing of the week (there are now 13 FS properties available) hit Dec. 17. This 3-bath, 5-bed unit on the sixth floor is priced at $5,250,000, making it the second most expensive Four Seasons unit after the 5,016 sq. ft., 5-bed, 6-bath, unit on the ninth floor listed at $6,950,000. I toured the latter last Thursday and was, well, impressed of course. The layout, cathedral ceilings and abundance of glass belied the fact it was a condo, providing more of a single-family home feel, perhaps mainly because this is one of the few units with both west (Mountain Resort) and east (Sleeping Indian and valley) views.

Price change highlights: There were 25 price changes during the Dec. 16-18 3-day period, with the most interesting being a $43,000 Brookside Condominium price reduction from $358K to $315K. According to an e-mail sent to all realtors from this agent, the list price is $78,000 less than the sale of a similar unit in March 2008. He points out that if it sells at that price with 20% down, and financing comes in at 4.625%, the monthly payment is about $1,295 per month. It rents for $1,200 per month.

Also notable were 2 price reductions in the High Teton Condominiums on Hansen Street, with both 2-bed, 1-bath units dropping $16K and $25K respectively with prices now just below $500K. A very nice 1-bed unit in this building dropped to $318K earlier this week.

Closed and pended listings: A 3-bed, 3-bath, 2,210 sq ft home in Indian Trails listed at $805,000 sold this week after 61 days on the market and a price reduction of $90K. That leaves 6 homes on the market in this west Jackson neighborhood, with list prices between $1.1M and $2.195M.

For details about any property mentioned in this blog post or a FREE PERSONALIZED Jackson Hole real estate market analysis, please call Brian Siegfried at 307-690-9346 or e-mail him at Brian.Siegfried@sothebysrealty.com.

An Exciting Winter for Teton Village – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

It isn’t every day that workers at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort get applause for their work. But then, a new Aerial Tram at isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence.

In late October, spectators gathered at the resort and clapped as crews placed the first of two bright-red Tram cars from Switzerland onto their track cables. Seeing the cars put into place was like watching the curtain lift at the theater, although in this case the performance is to start December 20, when the Aerial Tram will begin carrying skiers and snowboarders up Rendezvous Mountain. For the legions of people who are passionate about this particular ski hill, it will be as though Christmas arrived five days early.

Anyone who has skied at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort any time from the 1960s to more recent years will find the sight of the little red boxes moving along their cable to be a familiar sight. The Tram cars are red, like their iconic predecessor, which shuttled skiers up the mountain for 40 years before being retired. But the new tram will be bigger and faster, whisking 100 passengers at a time to their starting point for their adventures in about nine minutes.

Change is afoot at Teton Village as a whole. The Village has kept hold of its classic attractions, like the Mangy Moose Saloon, while adding new ones like Hotel Terra, a boutique property that’s sleek, upscale and eco-friendly. Some changes at the Village are subtle, like the acoustical upgrades at Walk Festival Hall, home to the Grand Teton Music Festival. Other changes are more dramatic, a case in point being the new Shooting Star™ golf course.

Teton Village has become famous for its resort offerings. But it has become viewed more and more in recent years a great place to live, whether year round or on a part-time basis. The new hotels, for example, offer condo ownership opportunities in addition to options for out-of-towners to stay in style and comfort when they come to Jackson Hole. With the opening of the Four Seasons Resort, Teton Village acquired a “grande dame” hotel as well as a new group of slopeside luxury residences. In addition to Hotel Terra, there’s also Teton Mountain Lodge and others are coming, including the second phase of Hotel Terra.

Another new arrival in Teton Village is the newly completed Timbers, a group of three- and four-bedroom homes in Granite Ridge. Designed by John Carney, they average 3,300 square feet, with vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens, stone fireplaces and private Jacuzzi decks. Elsewhere in the village, the condos along McCollister Drive and Rachel Way, though not exactly new, are newly interesting to the real estate market. With upgrades and improvements the units, which like the Timbers, are zoned for short-term rentals, creating an attractive opportunity for investors who would like to generate some revenue from their properties.

As for Shooting Star™, it’s easy at this time of year for Nordic skiers to look out at the snow covered rolling terrain of the Tom Fazio-designed golf course and fantasize about streaking along a freshly groomed track. The golf course will, in fact, be a Nordic ski center, but its big unveiling will be next summer, when the golfers who have been watching the new facility take shape can finally walk out onto those greens and play a few rounds.

Construction is well underway on the Shooting Star™ club house, which will feature spa and fitness facilities, as well as a restaurant. The residential portion of Shooting Star™ includes cabins by architect Paul Bertelli of JLF Associates, featuring reclaimed materials and old world craftsmanship, plus spectacular views of the Tetons and the golf course.

Not everything planned for Teton Village is on such a grand scale, but little things make a difference. The pond behind Crystal Springs Lodge will eventually be replaced by a group of smaller water features and landscaping better suited for functions or for just relaxing. An 812-space, paved parking lot was just approved by the Teton County Board of Commissioners to be built between Granite Loop Road and Highway 390. It’s possible that someday there will be an automated “lift” that will whisk skiers and snowboarders from the lot to the clock tower so they can begin their day on the slopes. There’s no doubt that the opening of the new Arial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the biggest story for winter 2008-09 at Teton Village. But as is always the case with news, some of the other stories are pretty interesting, too. For first timers and veterans, Teton Village is worth exploring this winter.

For more information on Teton Village or Jackson Hole please feel free to email or call the Jackson Hole Experts – Christy and Garth Gillespie.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Set to Open the New Tram

It is almost time for the grand opening of the new Jackson Hole Ski Resort tram scheduled for the weekend of December 19, 2008. The celebration will take place all weekend long but the opening ceremony will be at the base of the tram from 5:30 – 6:30 with fireworks and treats for all ages. The tram will own the honor of the longest vertical rise of any ski lift in the USA –Jackson Hole will once again be put on the map as one of the most extreme ski destinations in the United States. Now is a great time to buy in Teton Village with prices at a all new low you can own a fully furnished Teton Mountain Lodge ski –in / ski-out studio apartment with full amenities at Teton Mountain Lodge for as little as $475,000 or own 2,200 square foot 3 bedroom/ 3 bath luxurious condo in the heart of Teton Village at the Crystal Springs Building. Whatever your budget may be we can help you find what you are looking for – call or email the Jackson Hole Experts today.

The Latest and Greatest Jackson Hole Market Update – 12/15/2008

After reading these highlights you are going to believe that Santa has is bag full of coal for Christmas. Unfortunately the market statistics for the first 11 months Jan-Nov 2008 are looking quite bleak. Please do not shoot the messenger.

• The sales volume is 39% below that of 2007 at about $460,000,000.
• We can trace the beginning of the slow down to August of 2007 when units listed outpaced units sold
• Sales volume in all market areas is down with the biggest decreases seen in Teton Village (-55%) and South of Jackson (-64%).
• Units sold as stated above is down (-287) almost 52%.
• Teton Village reported only 1 home and 28 condos sold verse 7 homes and 52 condos and 5 vacant land parcels during the first 11 months of 2007!
• With the limited number of transactions along with a somewhat strong over $3 million market the average sales price has increased by 27%.
• Days on Market has started to increase with an average of 157 days on market verse 142 in 2007. The biggest increase in Days on Market is being seen in the Condo market.
• Vacant land transactions are taking the biggest hit down 47% on volume and down 67% on the amount of transactions 37 vs. 113 in 2007.
• Only 9 transactions took place in November! The fewest since before January of 2002.
• Active inventory is 72% higher than last year at this time
• Inventory priced under $3 million is up 85% vs. last year
• Inventory priced over $3 million is up 32% verse 2007

Sources for a the data come from the Teton Board of Realtors and Sotheby’s International Realty with a little bit of input by Garth Gillespie, Sales Associate, SIR.

It is our belief that we will start to see an adjustment in the average sales price in the near future. Our transaction data is becoming smaller as the market slows so a few transactions can really skew the data. We are starting to see some major price adjustments in the under $1 million and under $2 million markets. For more information on the current real estate environment in Jackson Hole please do not hesitate to call us at 307-739-8056 or email us at garth.gillespie@sothebysrealty.com.