In 2022, the tide turned in Jackson Hole’s real estate market. After two years of explosive transaction levels and price growth following the pandemic, the real estate market reacted to a new set of economic conditions by cooling its heels. Interest rate increases, while still at historically lower levels, have caused some pause in the market, mostly in the primary home market. Second and vacation home buyers are less affected by rising rates, but all buyers have become more price-sensitive and more selective. Sellers today must be agile – but if the price is appropriate to condition and location, the demand is still strong.
The overall market had 51% fewer transactions in 2022 compared to 2021 which appears to be more on par with the volume seen in 2018. Despite sales activity slowing, prices remained strong with the average sale price up 5% and the median sale price up 30%. The number of active listings at year-end 2022 increased 68% compared to the prior year, yet inventory levels remain near historical lows. The imbalance of supply and demand, which is characteristic of Jackson Hole, maintains pricing levels gained from the past two years. That said, a leveling of price growth is a sign of a more balanced real estate market.