Year in Review: Market Trends and Sale Statistics for the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market in 2013

Over the course of 2013 I have been tracking many different sale and market statistics which all help paint a picture of the real estate market in Jackson Hole over the past year. Below are some of the major take-aways from the Jackson Hole Real Estate Market in 2013:

Distressed Property Sales:  Teton County experienced the highest levels of distressed property sales (bank sales and short sales) in the spring and early summer of 2013. In April, there were 8 distressed sales, which represented 15% of all property sales that month. May and June also saw a significant amount of bank and short sales, however by the end of the summer, these types of properties seemed to disappear from the market all together as September did not see a single distressed sale. Since then, each month has had their own share of sales, suggesting that while the majority of this shadow inventory has been absorbed, there still remains a trickle of  bank owned property coming onto the market.  Click HERE to see Distressed Properties currently for sale in Teton County.


Investment Property Sales: Overall, the sale of investment property in Teton County increased throughout 2013. Investment property is defined as property that can legally be short term rented and is concentrated in areas such as The Aspens, Teton Village and near Snow King Resort in the Town of Jackson. Interestingly this type of property experienced more sales near the beginning of both the summer (May) and winter (Nov) tourist seasons suggesting that investors were planning to benefit from Jackson’s two busiest seasons. Recent improvements made to both Teton Village and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort may also help explain the increased interest and real estate activity for these property types. Click HERE to see short term rental/investment property currently for sale in Teton County.


Average Days on Market: The average days a property sits on the market before selling can tell us many things about the speed of absorption, the level and quality of inventory and the motivation of both buyers and sellers. When inventory levels are low (i.e. not many properties on the market) we tend to see sales of property that has been on the market for quite some time as buyer’s options decrease. On the other hand, when inventory is low well priced properties can be snatched up quickly (and not be on the market for very long at all). From the chart below, we can understand that during months when sold properties spent a longer time on market before selling, these properties were selling at more of a discount (or a lower Sales Price to List Price ratio). Conversely, when the monthly sales had a lower average of days on market before selling, buyers were receiving LESS of a discount (or purchasing at a HIGHER Sale/List Price ratio).


Inventory by Price Point: Earlier this year I analyzed how the available inventory levels (and pending sales) compared to actual closed sales, based on various price points. When we look back on 2013 as a whole, a few trends emerge. There were 440 closed sales in Teton County in 2013 (excluding land sales and fractional sales). Currently there are only 230 properties available for sale, or about a 6 month inventory. Property sales in 2013 were spread somewhat evenly across various price points (Under $500,000 / Between $500,000 – $1 million / Over $1 million – See Chart below.) This is also in contrast to available inventory, where the majority of properties (59%) are priced over $1 million despite this price point accounting for only 30% of 2013′s sales. Conversely, properties selling for under $500,000 made up 36% of all property sales in 2013, however only 12% of the current available inventory is priced under $500,000 (29 properties to be exact).



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