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"What you see is not always what you get".  If you've searched on-line for properties in an area other than where you live or you're familiar with, you've most likely discovered a home that looks fantastic on-line, but little did you know the property sits next to a high-voltage power line or worse yet an electrical substation.

I recently heard an interesting analogy from an out-of-town client.  After flying out to Jackson to look at properties that she had previously seen on-line, she told me “Shopping on-line for homes is much like on-line dating – you don’t always get the whole picture upfront”.

Here are some tips for buyers searching on-line for Jackson Wyoming real estate.

1. A home that says it has a “Teton view”, does not necessarily mean it has a “Grand Teton View”.  Unless it says “Grand Teton View” the home may just have a view of the Teton Mountain Range. For a list of Jackson Hole homes with a view of the Grand Tetons click here.
 
2. A property may say that horses are “allowed” because the area allows horses, however the property may be too steep or too wooded to keep horses. Ideally, you want to keep horses on flat or rolling open pasture.
 
3. The MLS photos may make the property look attractive but you don’t know what’s next door until you actually visit the property personally. Impossible if you're searching from out of the area. Ask your buyer's agent to take digital photos of neighboring properties for you. 
 
4. Looking for a vacation home that you can rent out when you’re not in Jackson? Only a very few areas in Jackson Hole allow short-term rentals.  Short term rental areas are the county designated resort areas of Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis, Snow King, Teton Village, The Aspens, and Teton Pines.  There are some rental  limitations within these resort areas. I'm happy to discuss this further with you.
 
5. Jackson Hole IDX searches include most, but not all, properties listed for sale in Teton County. The listings of one real estate firm are not included.  If you would like to search all Jackson Hole listings use the Teton Public MLS site, For more advanced searching of Jackson Hole Properties access the Teton IDX/MLS site. 
 
I’m always happy to answer your questions. As an Accredited Buyer Representative I can assist you with all properties listed for sale in Teton County and Western Wyoming. 
 

Pamper Yourself With A Relaxing Spa Treatment or Massage

by Teri McCarthy

Days Spas in Jackson Hole

Of course there are some great spas in Jackson Hole and this seems like a good time of year to treat yourself to a marvelous spa treatment.  In Teton Village, try Solitude Spa at the Teton Mountain Lodge for a relaxing experience with aromatherapy oils, eye masks, and Vichy waterfall shower.  Avanyu Spa at the Snake River Lodge and Spa offers an array of pampering treatments, including relaxing scalp massages, body wraps, exfoliating treatments, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center.  Try the couples-only massages suite with fireplace.  I highly recommend it!

The Four Seasons Spa bills itself as a luxury wilderness getaway.  The Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch, located 700  feet above the valley floor with some of Jackson’s best views of the Snake River valley and the Grand Tetons.  In town, you have some options as well - visit the Body Sage Spa at the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa and treat yourself to the an aromatherapy steam bath with the Signature Eh Wah Kee Mud Wrap, hand crafted from the Big Horn Mountains, or relax in the traditional Finnish sauna at the Alpine House Country Inn and Spa, conveniently located only a few blocks from the Town Square. Now that sounds quaint and relaxing.

Investment & Vacation Home Markets Waking Up!

by Teri McCarthy

The investment- and vacation-home markets have been among the first to show signs of real estate resurgence, according to the people who keep track of such things (as usual, the National Association of Realtors® is one). It might seem unlikely, given the general view that the housing sector continues to post mixed signs of recovery. But when you think about it, there are reasons why it could make perfect sense. A few that come to mind:

* The price is right. If the overall real estate market is in fact in the process of rebounding, it’s still so early that no one can be certain it will be strong -- or even that it will continue. You couldn’t describe a more appealing situation for small investors who have been biding their time, waiting for the right bargain to pounce upon. Investment home prices rose 6.4% last year (of course, because rents were rising), yet the median vacation-home price was down over 19%! Talk about vacation bargains! All of a sudden, the daydream of affordable ski homes for sale seems to have become a reality.
 
* The market is open. Right now, there are also strong inventories of vacation and resort homes for sale – many of them located in attractive settings, like Jackson Hole. Many of those settings also happen to be the very places where the real estate market is still digging out from under the foreclosure mess. This makes it easy for people to find vacation- or investment-home opportunities that previously would have been out of their price range. 
 
* Interest rates are low. Low interest rates make a second mortgage even more affordable for those seeking a luxury vacation home.  Today's interest rates signal savings throughout the term of the loan, which is even more appealing for those seeking a second home. Combined with the sheer volume of properties for sale, this makes it the ideal time to purchase a dream vacation or retirement home.
 
*Optimism on the rise. When the wolf is at the door, few of us are tempted to make luxury purchases. And for years, it seemed like the only news about the economy was bad. But declining unemployment numbers, soaring stock markets, and the resulting good news for retirement accounts can change attitudes…the same attitudes that underlie investment decisions of every kind. 
 
A second home can be a vehicle to generate investment income. Or owning a vacation home in Jackson Hole might be the fulfillment of a long-held dream. For those fortunate enough to have put aside some disposable cash, today any one of those mountain homes or resort condos for sale could wind up representing both!  
 
Call me 307-690-6906 if you have any questions about Jackson Hole real estate, the area, or the market.
 

Jackson Hole On-line Winter Trail Maps

by Teri McCarthy

Get interactive Jackson Hole and Teton area trail maps for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King and Grand Targhee.  What a grand idea!  

The Mountain Pulse, an on-line resource for Jackson Hole’s outdoor community provides this free service. Access Winter Trail Maps+, an interactive Google Earth Travel Guide, with information about skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing,  that allows you to virtually explore winter in Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Alta, Grand Teton National Park, Togwotee Pass, Teton Valley and beyond. Get out there an enjoy the snow and Spring-time in the Rockies!

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Whether you’re relocating to Jackson Hole, or want to buy a vacation home, primary residence, second home, resort property, condo, townhome, land, horse property, Teton view home, golf estate or ski-in/ski-out home, you’ll find all Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village real estate listed for sale here. You need an advocate, a buyer's agent to represent your best interest, with confidentiality, Teri will you acquire a Jackson Hole property for your 1031 exchange, investment, second home or future retirement.  Take advantage of the many tax benefits of Wyoming residency. Already own a home in Jackson Hole?  Interested in knowing the value in today's market? Thinking about selling? Talk with Teri about creative marketing to attract qualified buyers for your home.  Teri McCarthy is the Broker/Owner of Jackson Wyoming Real Estate.  Teri holds the designations of ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and RSPS (Resort and Second Home Specialist) matching buyers and sellers with Jackson Hole properties since 1989. All rights reserved 2015 Teri McCarthy Inc and Teri McCarthy, Realtor, ABR, CRS, RSPS.