Well priced properties sell quickly in Jackson Hole; Buyers aren’t biting on aggressively priced homes

The Jackson Hole Real Estate Market remains strong as we head into the Fall. Inventory remains low in certain locations, property types and price ranges. Over the past few months many sellers (with well priced properties) have been successful at selling their properties quickly (See last month’s Market Focus) or putting them under contract within days of listing (see “Well Priced Property” examples below).  As a result, many Sellers have gained confidence and have priced their properties very aggressively in hopes of taking advantage of the hot market. However, it appears that as of yet Buyers have not been willing to support these higher prices, as many homes listed this summer remain on the market (see “Aggressively Priced Property” examples below).

Well Priced Properties in Low Inventory sub-markets:

1. Two bdrm Meadowbrook condo in Town – Listed on Sept 2nd for $259,000 ($355/sf) – UNDER CONTRACT in 3 days

2. Three bdrm Meadowlark condo in W Jackson – Listed on Aug 26th for $289,000 ($308/sf) – UNDER CONTRACT in 4 days

3. Three bdrm Creekside townhome in W Jackson – Listed on Aug 10th for $435,000 ($328/sf) – UNDER CONTRACT in 3 days

4. Single family home in The Aspens – Listed on Aug 26th for $935,000 ($365/sf) – UNDER CONTRACT in 3 days

Aggressively Priced Properties (based on recent sales):

1. One bdrm Hansen Meadows condo in E Jackson listed for $255,000 ($432/sf) vs. Last Sale – a 3 bdrm (bank owned) Hansen Meadow unit for $237,500 ($217/sf) in June 2013.

2. Single family 1,420 sq ft house on Crabtree Ln listed for $599,900 ($421/sf) vs. Last Sale – a 1,650 sq ft house on Crabtree Ln for $415,000 ($247/sf) in April 2013.

3. Two bdrm lower level condo on Smith Ln in W Jackson listed for $309,000 ($494/sf) vs. the Average Sales Price of 2 bdrm condos in Jackson over the past 5 months: $188,000 ($244/sf).

4. Four bdrm townhome w/ garage in E Jackson – Listed for $647,500 ($275/sf) vs. Last Sale – a similar unit next door (sold furnished) for $600,000 ($250/sf) in June 2013.

As the busy summer selling season comes to a close, inventory levels remain low in certain market segments (the sub $400,000 townhome market, the single family home market in the $500,000 – $700,000 range, etc.). It will be interesting to see if Buyers are willing to pay top dollar for some of these aggressively priced properties.  Remember a property is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, not necessarily the advertised listing price.

Thinking of Selling? If you or someone you know is thinking about selling, especially in an location or price range that is currently low on inventory, this may be a great opportunity. I’m happy to provide a free market analysis and pricing opinion on any property in Teton County. It never hurts to know your property’s value in this fast moving real estate market. RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate is one of the top real estate companies in the area and I’d be happy to share how we work for sellers to help them get the best price in the fastest amount of time. Please contact me.