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Ancient Wisdom Works to Enhance Jackson Hole Homes

by Teri McCarthy

Feng Shui Helps Sell Jackson Hole Homes

Everybody has at least heard of it: Feng Shui -- the ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your surroundings. Applying feng shui to make your Jackson home a hit may seem like a stretch, but not after we’ve been introduced to how much common sense it makes. Homeowners who are open to taking advantage of every angle to sell their home can readily apply some feng shui principles to good effect. And they don’t have to become students of mysticism in the process!
 
Here are three feng shui principles that can improve your home before an open house or buyer showing:
 
1. Allow the free flow of energy
 
Feng shui imagines that the vital energy called "Chi" should flow freely through your home. You don’t have to believe in an invisible power to make use of this principle – just think of Chi as water. Stand at your front door and picture how water would flow from the entrance and room to room, then pick out the places where it would stagnate. When listing your Jackson home for sale, clear out any furniture that might impede movement and the flow of the water (the Chi). As an agent, I can help you spot which pieces of furniture are so heavy or bulky that they block the natural “flow” of the house, improving every visitor’s walk-through in the process.
 
2. Pay attention to lighting
 
Lighting is an important part of feng shui: softening being the key theme. You should favor soft lights, which are understood to promote positive energies (think ‘cheerful moods’). When lighting a particular room, favor multiple light sources instead of single bright lights. For a daytime open house, allow sunlight to enter by making sure you unblock the windows and open blinds and curtains.
 
3. Remove clutter
 
Clutter represents darker, stagnant energy that will sap the positive energies of your home. This is one place where my experience and feng shui couldn’t be more in harmony: clutter can really impede the sale of an otherwise fine home. Remove clutter from view, storing it away during your open house and buyer showings. Keep your decor to a minimum: the space will seem to open up (not to mention how it will free up the flow of Chi!).
 
You don’t have to become a feng shui master to take advantage of some of its simple design principles that can lead to a more successful sale of your Jackson Hole home.  If you’re looking to sell a home and seek an agent with proven creative marketing techniques, contact me anytime. I will be honored to provide you with a complimentary consultation.
 

You Can't Ski Into Your Apartment Building

by Teri McCarthy

Vacation Homes are on the Rise

More buyers are investing in vacation homes, and they are choosing places where they would ultimately like to live. They want to live a healthy lifestyle, have a good quality of life, and be in a place where they know their kids and grandkids will love to visit.
 
According to a 2011 survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 19% of homebuyers own more than one home, up 5 percent from the previous year. Further, vacation properties accounted for 27% of all home sales last year.  Buyers are investing in vacation homes now because they know prices are not going lower and they’re seeing the current inventory being bought up. In Jackson Hole, property values have dropped 40-50% since the market peaked in 2007. Many of these buyers are future retirees looking for a deal now while prices are low and interest rates are so favorable.   
 
NAR reports 34% of vacation home buyers plan to occupy their vacation home as a primary residence upon retirement.  Some buyers own three or more vacation homes.  
 
We’re seeing baby boomers planning to retire in a few years, taking advantage of our low market prices, with the intent to move to Jackson Hole when they are able.  They know prices will go up as well as interest rates. The market is at or very near bottom.  There’s no better time than now to start getting to know the market. 
 
You can’t ski into your apartment building.  Some investors are exchanging their investment properties, such as apartment buildings, warehouses or commercial buildings, utilizing the IRS Code 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange.  They’ll acquire a Spring Creek condo or a Teton Village ski-in/ski-out home that will go into a rental pool where it will be professionally managed and maintained by one of Jackson Hole’s many property management companies.
 
A second home can be a vehicle to generate investment income. Or it 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 Teton view homes for sale could wind up representing both!  If you’ve been thinking about a vacation home or if you were previously priced out of the market, now’s the time to jump in or you may be kicking yourself, again, when prices move up.
 
Call me today 307-690-6906 for a complete list of available Jackson Hole vacation homes.
 

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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.