Recovery is in the Air
Welcome to the 17th issue of the Star Valley Report. Published semi-annually, this data-driven report is the most accurate and trusted real estate news source in Lincoln County, Wyoming. First, we would like to thank all our loyal readers, customers and clients for their continued trust in this report. Our ability to track every single real estate transaction, and then turn the data into historical knowledge, has made us the most sought after real estate experts in Star Valley.
The big news is that 2012 saw the beginnings of recovery in Star Valley‘s real estate market. With Jackson prices going up, and supply of bank-owned properties slowing down, Star Valley’s residential market is regaining equilibrium between supply and demand.
In 2013, bank-owned properties are continuing to come on at very low prices and are being purchased as soon as they hit the market. The distressed market is still dictating property values, but with multiple offers, many distressed homes are closing above asking price. Although they continue to restrain flexibility for fair market sellers, distressed homes are becoming harder to get due to competition and reduced inventory. This is beginning to drive more buyers toward fair market properties, helping to return stability and optimism to the market.
Overall, sales activity is trending upward, while distressed property inventory is down.
Land sales are slowly coming back into the market this year. Vacant land sellers continue to struggle to move an excess of inventory, but a low inventory of homes is leading many to consider the option to build.
HOW STRONG IS THE STAR VALLEY MARKET? Today’s buyers are savvy bargain shoppers. They are willing to pass up a great property if it is not priced competitively. Home pricing will play a critical role in a healthy recovery. As the balance of inventory shifts more toward fair market properties, sellers willingness to accept a realistic perspective on current home values will be an important factor.
OVERALL MARKET IN STAR VALLEY: The overall market here in the valley continues to slowly bounce back when looking at both the number of transactions and number of properties under contract at the close of 2012. The number of sales was up 43% and the average sale price was up 8% ($221,935 vs. $204,520 in 2011), whereas the median sale price fell 10% ($134,000 vs. $149,000 in 2011). On the positive side, property here in the valley is continuing to sell and hopefully pricing has hit bottom. Again, the biggest contributor to the decline in the median sale price has been the aggressive pricing of distressed properties, and buyers’ making “value” buys throughout the valley.
CURRENT OVERALL AVAILABLE INVENTORY: At the close of 2012, our current inventory was down (15%) when compared to the end of 2011 (582 listings, down from 682). When looking at our current inventory of 582 listings, and comparing it to what is currently under contract, Star Valley has a 16-month supply of real estate available for purchase. At our current pace of sales, with no new listings coming onto the market, it would take roughly one year and four months to sell the inventory on-hand. This is down by nine months from 2011. Although still in a Buyer’s market, if inventory continues to dwindle, cautionary predictions are that prices should start rising and values should improve.
REAL ESTATE CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT: At the close of 2012, there were 25 properties under contract (down 7% from 2011) with an average list price of $254,510 (down 6% from 2011) and a median list price of $178,500 (up 12%). Of the real estate currently under contract, 64% (16 properties) are distressed properties.
STAR VALLEY COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
Star Valley’s culture is greatly enhanced by our new community centers.
A beautiful structure equipped to host a variety of local events; The Afton Civic Center has been a valuable community resource in the upper valley since 2008.
Last year, the lower valley also introduced two new additions. When the construction of new schools in 2008 left two large vacant buildings, the towns of Thayne and Etna went right to work on extensive renovations to convert the old schools into much needed new community centers.
With these centers now complete, a wealth of resources and activities is available that will greatly enrich our entire community.
Both facilities offer rooms for lease for events and activities, as well as new offices for many local businesses. In addition, the Thayne Center houses the public library, police department, youth recreational programs, an adult recreational center, and the Star Valley Arts Council. The Etna Center also conducts community auctions and offers courses with a satellite branch of Western Wyoming Community College.
Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates welcomes these local community centers with an enthusiastic thumbs up! Check them out and enjoy the added culture, sports, and education they bring to Star Valley.
THE APPRAISAL CORNER:
Our Appraisal Department is comprised of three General Appraisers and one Residential Appraiser. The most common type of appraisal assignment we perform is the development of an opinion of market value. However, because of our specialized training and experience as appraisers, we can provide a wide range of additional appraisal services—from investment consultation, to advice on various businesses, as well as personal financial decisions.
We perform appraisals for our clients for many reasons. The following is a sample of the type of assignments we perform:
• To help prospective sellers determine acceptable selling prices, or prospective buyers decide on offering prices
• To establish a basis for the exchange or reorganization of real property or for merging the ownership of multiple properties
• To estimate the market value of a property in eminent domain proceedings
• To estimate the market value of a property in contract disputes or as part of a portfolio
• To estimate the market value of partnership interests
• To estimate damages created by environmental contamination
• To estimate the market value of a conservation easement
• To estimate assessed value
• To determine gift or inheritance taxes
• To estimate the value of the real property component of an estate and decision-making.
• To help establish rent schedules and lease provisions
• To determine the feasibility of a construction or renovation plan
• To aid in corporate mergers, issuance of stock or revision of book value
• To estimate liquidation value for forced-sale or auction proceedings
• To counsel a client on investment matters, including goals, alternatives, resources, constraints and timing
• To advise zoning boards, courts and planners, among others, regarding the probable effects of proposed actions
• To arbitrate between adversaries
• To give expert testimony during litigation
Many appraisals are performed for lending purposes. Property owners should be aware that current federal lending regulations require the lender to “initiate” the appraisal. The lender must have the first contact with the appraiser and oversee the appraisal process. According to these regulations, the lender must be the client and the lending institution must engage the appraiser. Any property owner who wants to use the appraisal for lending purposes should communicate this need to the lender and have the lender engage the appraiser. This avoids the possibility of the lender rejecting the appraisal or requiring a new appraisal because the bank did not initiate the appraisal. According to federal lending laws, any bank can use an appraisal prepared for another bank, as long as the initiating bank reviews the appraisal and finds it to be acceptable.
Our staff has over 41-years of combined real-estate appraisal experience and is able to handle any assignment, no matter what the complexities.
Tom Ogle, General Certified Appraiser Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, LLC
307-739-1104 or email@example.com
JACKSON HOLE REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES – Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International real estate is the largest Real Estate Company in the region. Our team is comprised of 100+ agents, appraisers and support staff, as well as, a powerful database that leverages information for our clients, daily tracking of every single real estate transaction in Jackson Hole and Star Valley. Combine all this with the worldwide reach of Christie’s International Real Estate, the simple fact remains: We Know the Market Better than Anyone. If you are looking for a Realtor or Appraiser, whether you are buying or selling, you owe it to yourself to talk to us before you make what could be the most important decision of your life. At JHREA our clients’ and customers’ best interests are paramount! Your “locally owned and operated” Real Estate Company is located either at 235 S. Main Street, Thayne, WY or 181 US Hwy. 89 in Alpine, WY. You can also visit our virtual office at www.starvalleyrealestate.com or email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very clear that buyers and sellers demand to stay informed of market conditions. We offer several services that will keep your finger on the pulse of our local real estate market, from daily email updates, weekly distressed properties list, a free market analysis of your property, to quarterly price updates on your Jackson Hole or Star Valley property. Please contact us to learn more about the programs and services we can provide. Be sure to also check out our top-ranked website at www.starvalleyrealestate.com for the latest listings and news about our local real estate market.
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THE STAR VALLEY REPORT is published semi-annually and posted on the world-wide web. While others attempt to report on our market with MLS statistics only (MLS historically tracks 65-70% of the market) we track every single transaction in northern Lincoln County. This data-driven report is the most accurate and trusted real estate news source in Lincoln County, Wyoming. If you would like to sign up for these semi-annual email updates, or need more detailed information about our market, feel free to either call or email us at one of the numbers below. You can also find “The Star Valley Report” online at www.starvalleyreport.com
Whether you are pricing your property to sell in this competitive market, or deciding when the right time to buy is; rest assured that when you are our client, you will have current market statistics, an impeccable level of service and personal attention that will give you the upper hand. For a free no-obligation comparative market analysis please email email@example.com
We hope this report has given you a snapshot of market trends and, as always, we would be glad to discuss them further with you. If you plan to list your property this spring, would like a more detailed analysis of specific areas, back issues of The Star Valley Report, or a professional REALTOR® to represent you in your next real estate transaction, please call or email one of the numbers below or write to P.O. Box 3225, Alpine, WY 83128 or P.O. Box 846, Thayne, WY 83127.
Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, LLC.
Star Valley Branches (Alpine & Thayne)
locally – 307.654.7575 or 307-883-7575
toll-free – 877.654.7575
*All statistics are supplied by sources that have been deemed reliable but are not guaranteed.
*All statistics quoted in this newsletter are based on sales in 2011 compared to sales in 2012.
*Median sale price is the cost of a property that has an equal number of sales above and below it on the price scale.
*Average sale price is the total combined dollar volume divided by the number of sales.
*The word “Overall” in this newsletter refers to all sales in northern Lincoln County combined (homes, lots, condos, commercial and ranch).
*The term “Market Value” is the value of a property in terms of what it can be sold for on the open market; current value.
While other local Real Estate Brokerages attempt to report on the local Star Valley real estate market, Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, LLC is the only company to track every single transaction. Therefore, if you want the most accurate information to help guide you through your next real estate transaction, call us today. “We are the Experts”.
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