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Local App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Tour Guide

by Teri McCarthy

TravelStorysGPS is a must-have mobile app for discovering Jackson Hole and the Parks.

If you have ever wondered what the stories are behind the Jackson Hole area's sites and points of interest? TravelStorysGPS turns your smartphone into a historical tour guide. GPS-triggered audio tours, photographs and video snippets automatically come on as you walk, drive, or float past a site of interest. Story Clark, founder and CEO of TravelStorys "It's not an app to say . . .what time businesses are open or where to find hotels. It's about telling the story of the landscape, the community, the culture, art, history . . . about enriching the travel experience."

Currently there are two Jackson Hole tours: a Highway 22 tour and a Teton Park Road tour. More tours are in the works: Jackson to Moran, Teton Village Road, and Yellowstone National Park. They are also working on an historical tour of downtown Jackson with help from the Jackson Hole Historic Society and Museum, as well as a cultural tour of art galleries, Jackson Hole Airport tour and a tour called Teton Adventures which will include interviews of athletes in the area.

For more information and to download this free app TravelStorysGPS.com

 

How Old Bill's Fun Run Helps Jackson Hole Causes

by Teri McCarthy

Old Bill's Fun Run For Charities

In Jackson Hole, the season of giving begins long before winter. Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities is a Jackson Hole tradition, celebrating philanthropy and community through a spirited and innovative challenge to raise money for more than 200 local nonprofit organizations. Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities is held the second Saturday of each September on Jackson Town Square. This year’s events will take place on September 7th. 

Jackson Hole WY Old Bill's Fun RunThe first Fun Run and donation-raising campaign took place in 1997 when an anonymous couple known only as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill put forth a philanthropic challenge to the community of Jackson Hole to raise money for nonprofit organizations with the promise of matching the community’s donations. 

The first year, they matched the community’s efforts donating almost $800,000 for a total of just over $1.8 million. Since then, Old Bill’s Fun Run has become a Jackson Hole tradition and the annual donations raised have increased year after year, with a total of $8.3 million raised in 2012.  This year, we’re going for $9 million, an amount that would bring the total raised since the event’s creation to more than $100 million.  

How does the Fun Run benefit nonprofits?

This truly unique and impactful fundraising challenge begins with a donation of $500,000 each year by Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill. This donation is then matched by the Jackson Hole Community Foundation using funds from donors called Co-Challengers. 

Nonprofits that meet the necessary qualifications are then able to raise individual donations, of which the Community Foundation will match the first $25,000. Additional funds are given to nonprofits through a semi-annual competitive grant.

kids paint on old bill's horse

The Fun Run and Walk is the culmination of the months of effort from nonprofits, donors and community members to raise money and raise spirits in Jackson Hole. On the day of the event, the community comes together to celebrate with friendly competition, entertainment, food, and festivity. 

Runners and walkers can participate in a 5K or 10K race. The event features a recreational division for runners and walkers that just want to have fun and a competitive division where participants are timed. 

Registration is free for both recreational and competitive walkers and runners if registered prior to race day. Registration on the day of the race is $20 and is available for recreational participants only.   

Making a donation

You can donate to a nonprofit online through the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and make a donation directly to the organization(s) of your choice.  All Jackson Hole non-profits are listed on the website. After you donate, you’ll receive a tax receipt from the Community Foundation and 100% of your donation will be given to the organization(s) you choose. 2013 Old Bill's donations are accepted through September 13, until 5 pm. 

Your family or business can also donate by becoming a Co-Challenger, contributing to the pool that will match, along with Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, the total raised by the community. Co-Challengers can donate at the $25,000, $35,000, $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 level. 

The season of giving in Jackson Hole has already begun. Join in the spirit by making a donation, and we’ll see you at Old Bill’s Fun Run on September 7th. 

Best Sources For Local News in Jackson Hole

by Teri McCarthy

Local News Sources in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A visitor asked me recently "Where can I see the local news?  I've been unable to find a local TV news channel". 

Unfortunately there is no TV news channel in Jackson Hole. The closest TV news channels to Jackson, Wyoming are Local News 8 (ABC) in Pocatello, ID and KCWY 13 (NBC) in Casper, WY. 

If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, the best sources for Jackson Hole local news and happenings can be found online. Here are the 4 major sources of news and information in Jackson Hole, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Click on the images below to see more: 

Planet Jackson HolePlanetJH.com..................................................................

Jackson Hole Radio

 

                                                   

 

                                             .             . . . ....................................................JacksonHoleRadio.com

Jackson Hole News                                                                                                 JacksonHoleNews.com.....................................................

                                                     ......................................................JacksonHoleBuzz.com

Jackson Hole Buzz

Buyer’s Agent is Key to Your Jackson Hole Relocation

by Teri McCarthy
Buyer’s Agent is Key to Your Jackson Hole Relocation
 
Uncertain economy or not, we Americans remain a highly mobile bunch. In fact, the Census Bureau says that no fewer than 6,700,000 Americans packed up and moved to a new state in the period between 2010 – 2011, the latest year on record.  Official stats are not yet available for 2012, but the relocation numbers are expected to increase as people continue to relocate in search of more stable economic environments, attractive retirement communities, and/or an improved quality of life. 
 
For just about everyone, even thinking about relocating is a daunting proposition.  If you are considering relocating to the Jackson Hole area, or thinking about owning a mountain vacation home, the surest way to keep yourself sane is to connect with an experienced buyer's agent.
 
A buyer's agent can accomplish several momentous things to simplify your Jackson Hole relocation. He or she can take your "wish list" and find the available Teton County properties that suit your needs. With a good working knowledge of what is available, your agent will provide guidance on the price similar properties have recently commanded. Buyer's agents are contractually bound to have your best interests at heart -- which is why having a buyer’s agent is preferable to using the seller's agent or an intermediary. An intermediary (non-agent) owes no fiduciary duty to the buyer and is not allowed to negotiate on behalf of the buyer.
 
As with any other key professional service provider, you should not be willing to settle for the first person you come across. Interview potential agents as your buyer representative by asking the following questions:
 
Are they are willing to sign a buyer’s agency agreement with you to represent you as a buyer’s agent. Not all Jackson brokerages allow their agents to contract as buyer’s agents. 
How long have they been representing buyers in Jackson Hole?
Is the agent an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative)?
Ask the agent to provide references.
 
Why hire an Accredited Buyer Representative?  When you look for an ABR before you look for a home, you will be served, not sold. Your interests become his/her interests.  And you will be working with someone who has gone the extra mile by completing specialized training in delivering the best in buyer-representation services. Plus, a Realtor who has an ABR Designation also has an established track record, with proven experience in representing the concerns of buyers. 
 
Taking the time up front to find an experienced buyer’s agent who will be an advocate for you and represent your best interest, can wind up saving you not only time but money.  Where your new home is concerned, there is really no need to take chances. A great buyer's agent will help make your Jackson Hole relocation as simple and timely as possible.  As an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), I hope you will include me on your interview list. 
 

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.
 

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.
 

Top 5 Reasons People Make Jackson Hole, Wyoming Their Home

by Teri McCarthy

Top 5 Reasons People Make Jackson Hole, Wyoming Their Home

  •   Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the #1 ski resort in North America according to Forbes
  •   Wyoming is one of the tax-friendliest states: no income tax and relatively low property taxes
  •  Two national Parks:  Grand Teton and Yellowstone in your backyard
  •  Wyoming has more wildlife than people
  •  Fresh mountain air, a healthy lifestyle, good schools and low crime

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Call me if you're thinking about making Jackson Hole your home.

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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.