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Testimonial from a Satisfied Client

My wife and I have been visiting Star Valley for the last ten years, and we never thought we’d manage to buy a home in the valley given the steep home and property values. Jerry’s hard work and local knowledge is the reason we now own a showcase property in the valley.

We are an average middle class couple with modest income and modest requirements. Many real estate agents discouraged us from making an attempt to locate a modest property. Once we found Jerry, he never expressed any doubts that with some effort, we could find something for our budget.

Between Jerry’s website and his many responses to all of our questions about various properties, much of the search for the first few months was completed remotely. When we came to the valley to review the sites on the final list, Jerry had organized the entire process. Within a couple days, we had selected a property and made an offer. Jerry steered us through the entire process making sure we had access to the resources (lenders, title companies, public records, even local contractors for a few repair estimates) necessary to finalize the deal.

Even our friends that already have property in the valley or live there year round have met and been impressed by Jerry’s professionalism, and comment about his superior real estate capabilities.

Robert and Kathy Jones

June 29, 2010

Star Valley Real Estate Market Update

As the busiest time of the year for the real estate market in Star Valley approaches, lets take a look back at the activity from the first of the year to get a feel for what the next few months may bring. Lets take a look at the number of homes sold from January 1st to May 17th for 2009.

Star Valley Market Home Sales
2009
Jan. 1 to May 17
2010
Jan 1 to May 17
Homes Sold 26 29
Days on the Market 208 261
Days to Close 41 72
Average Price $223,473 $221,458
Highest Price $585,000 $625,000
Lowest Price $80,000 $74,000

There were three more homes sold in 2010 vs. 2009 to date.

The number of days on the market increased from 208 to 261

The number of days to close was 31 days longer in 2010 than 2009. This is a direct result of Addition Documentation requirements placed on the lending institution.

The numbers tell us that Star Valley Real Estate is still in a recovery mode and may continue to be throughout the year.

The number presented presented here were gathered from the Teton Board of Realtors MLS system.

Why Use A Realtor?

REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly.
REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legalquestion, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.

If you’re still not convinced of the value of a REALTOR®, here are a dozen more reasons to use one:

Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power

Your REALTOR® can help you in your home search utilized many resource

Your REALTOR® can help you in the selection process by providing objective information on
each property

Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate

Your REALTOR® can help you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do
most investigations and provide you with written reports

Your REALTOR® can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying
qualified lenders
Your REALTOR® can help you through the closing process and make sure everything flows
together smoothly.

When selling your home, your REALTOR® can give you up-to-date information on what is
happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing
properties

Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public

Your REALTOR® will know when, where and how to advertise your property

Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer’s proposal without compromising
your marketing position

Your REALTOR® can help close the sale of your home

I would really like to assist you in all your real estate transactions. Please click here for more about me.

Snowy Mountain Range In Wyoming

Hiking in Star Valley Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Area

Snowy Mountain Range In WyomingHiking and horse back riding in this part of the west is an adventure straight out of the old west. There are so many beautiful trails that provide not only scenic beauty but allow the outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to GET AWAY from it all. Not to mention the animals, birds and endless blue sky that are waiting.

Anything can happen horseback riding or hiking. Wildlife sightings are the norm, moose, elk, deer, and bison are a daily occurrence if you are lucky you might see a wolf, mountain sheep, or bear. Extreme weather can be expected any time. A clear sunny day can quickly become stormy, bringing lightning, hail and sometimes snow.

Hiking and horseback riding in the Greater Yellowstone Region offers such a great array of trails choices are difficult, but it’s tough to go wrong. Mountaineering stores and saddle shops provide information, maps and books to help you stay informed. Consult authorities for current conditions and wildlife sightings before venturing into the back country. The more informed you are, the more comfortable your trip into the mountains will be.

Here are a few of the more popular trails. Just click on the headings for more information on each trail.

The Goodwin Lake Trail

is one of those hike/rides that start by driving your car to about the 8,000-foot elevation. This trip is popular for its proximity to the town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. It ¡s relatively short length and ample outdoor rewards await. more

Heart Lake Trail

just over the continental divide from Yellowstone Lake is one of the most pristine areas of Yellowstone National Park, the Heart Lake drainage. The only sign left by man are trails and minimal campgrounds. more

Teton Crest Trail

The Teton Crest Trail can be done many different ways; the full route is 39 miles, from Teton Pass on Highway 22 to String Lake in Grand Teton National Park, just north of Jenny Lake. more

Little Greys River Trail

The Little Greys River Trail is a treat, the drive up from Alpine is gorgeous, a short way out of Alpine you enter the Greys River Narrows (the whitewater section) and there are some nice views of the river. more

North Willow Creek Trail

North Willow Creek Trail is one of the more accessible trails into the rugged and scenic Salt River Range from Star Valley Wyoming. The first couple of miles there are several creek crossings but as you climb the trail veers away from the creek. more

Strawberry Creek Trail

Strawberry Creek Trail is one of the more accessible trails into the rugged and scenic Salt River Range from Star Valley Wyoming. more

For more exciting trails click here and Happy Hiking!!!!

Star Valley Wyoming Golf Courses

This is the second Blog in a series of Blogs about recreation possibilities in Star Valley Wyoming. We will be discussing the Golf courses in Star Valley.

Four golf courses in the valley offer the golfer a variety of play and the most incredible mountain scenery around. The prices are very reasonable for a round of golf at any of the four courses and it is very easy to obtain tee times. With Star Valley real estates prices starting to level off, more Golfers will be coming to beautiful Star Valley this summer. Read more

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Fishing The Rivers Of Star Valley, Wyoming

Winter is fighting its last desperate battle to stay for awhile, but it is slowly losing, spring is not far away. Year round residents anxiously await the warmer days to come and the outdoor activities that follow.

The folks that call Star Valley home in the summer and fall months are preparing for their trip to this beautiful valley, In fact “this exodus has begun.” And the Star Valley real estate market should be heating soon.

Read more

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The Tax Benefits Of Wyoming Home Ownership

There are many reasons why those who live in Wyoming have chosen to have their “Primary Residences” here. Some reasons are emotional, such as the sheer beauty of the natural surroundings and the overall quality of life. But others are more practical. For years, Bloomberg has rated Wyoming as the most tax-friendly state in the U.S. It is this combination of natural beauty, quality of life, and tax-advantaged status that makes Wyoming an ideal state for home ownership and primary residence. Read more

Flyfishing on the Salt River in Jackknife Ranch, Star Valley, WY

Flyfishing The Salt River On Jackknife Ranch

This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress. This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. Read more