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If you’ve been keeping an eye on market reports and property sales throughout Teton Valley in 2017 when compared with the year prior, you’ll notice that sale prices are on the upswing, the median home price has increased, and the total volume has also increased. This is all great news for our local real estate market, but what are the driving factors?
Building site sale volume has steadily increase since 2012. Total volume for 2012 including Alta Wyoming totaled 89 sales. 2013 increased to 114 sales, 2015 again increased to 206 sales, 2016 increased to 222 sales, and 214 sales occurred in 2017.
The statistics over the last 2 years would indicate that buyers tend to be opening their wallets for more expensive parcels with an 11% increase in the average sales price. The median sales price along with the number of lots sold over the past two years would indicate that parcels seem to be selling at the same rate, and approximately the same price.
As with 2017, we have determined that the number of sales was 214. If we divide that by 12 months in a year, we come up with 17.83 sales per month. If we divide this by the number of current listings which is 518, we have 29 months worth of listings currently on the market. This is far fewer than projected numbers provided by professionals throughout the market recession. It is, however, anticipated that the number of new listings will meet the approximate number of parcels currently being absorbed into the marketplace as the number of active listings has been similar over the past several years.
Those of you with a pulse on Teton Valley long-term rental market have probably noticed a bit of a lull in terms of occupancy and a small increase in availability. This tends to happen every year after the ski season begins and before the holidays. Those looking for something to rent for seasonal work have already found something in most cases, and long-term residents are generally settled in for the winter.
This year, most property managers have noticed things are a bit slower than the last couple of years, at least with existing inventory, specifically in Driggs and the North end of the valley. This is caused mostly by a supply spike in Victor, where people prefer for the Jackson commute. Several modulars along Highway 31, though lacking amenities, have filled quickly because of their location. Several more units are soon coming available on Dogwood St, and it is yet to be seen how many will be reserved for long-term renters. The new Clinic on Main Street will likely have long term rental availability. These newly completed, or soon-to-be completed projects in addition to a few others seem to have mostly satisfied the shortage, at least in the short-term interim.
I don’t believe this influx of availability will have any long-term effect on the market based on how deep the rental shortage actually is. Once the holidays are behind us, we will begin to better understand inventory levels compared to recent history. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen an oversupply (and I’m not suggesting at all that we are back to anywhere near an oversupply, or even sufficient supply) and even when we did, it was an oversupply of rentals that were not originally meant to be rentals. Throughout the downturn of 2008 we saw a number of vacancies, but these vacancies were second homes converted to long-term rentals, or even vacation rentals which weren’t performing well enough to satisfy debt service. In fact, there haven’t been too many private back-to-back projects built specifically for long-term rentals in a long time. We saw some housing projects near the Sage Hen condos, and of course the Fox Creek Apartments, but all told, not too many dedicated rental properties.
With the headlines being rental shortage you will call me crazy, but we will have to monitor the number of dedicated long term rental projects, apartment buildings and so forth in order to sustain a healthy environment with a good mix of tenants and available rentals to keep vacancies at a minimum and our rental market healthy. It will be interesting to see new major projects and how well they absorb into the marketplace in the near future.