Assessed value/real property taxes and how to dispute questionable assessments.

Teton County Assessed Values & Real Property Taxes:

According to a recent article in the JH Daily, the assessed value of our real estate should decline by an approximate 11% from 2009. I know many whose ‘estimated property taxes’ changed very little.  Therefore, it’s wise to please pay attention to your 2010 assessment notice that should have arrived recently on yellow paper.

Any resident may dispute their 2010 assessment by calling the Assessor at 733.4960, or paying a personal visit to their office on Willow St.

It would help the cause if you have real comparable sales (3+) to defend your position. The month of August will be when you receive your 2010 Tax Bill from the Teton County Treasurer requesting partial payment for November 2010, or full payment for the end of the calendar year.

Last call for first-time buyers to take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit.

Tomorrow, April 30th, is the last day for first-time home buyers to take advantage of the extended Federal Tax Credit. First-time buyers must have a property under contract (in escrow) by tomorrow and be scheduled to close by the end of June to qualify.  It can be done!

Bank-owned investment opportunity. Priced 41% less than last sale in Snow King Estates.

Looking for REO or Bank-Owned Property investment opportunities?  There’s a bank-owned property coming on the market very soon in the Snow King Estates community within the Town of Jackson.  It’s going to be offered at a 41% discount of the last sale price (April, 2010) in this neighborhood.  This will be a great opportunity if you or a friend are shopping around and trying to take advantage of these low residential interest rates.

Bad: Late snow storm delays typical real estate activity. Good: Grand Targhee extends season to 4/18.

Spring breakers are still out of town and it’s quiet’n JH this week. Late season snow storms have provided some of the best skiing of the year in the last ten days.

Grand Targhee extended their season to 4/18/10 and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is now closed until the 2010-2011 season. New real estate activity has been slight in the last two weeks, but look for new listings and some great bargains in the near future.

Consistent sales proving Melody Ranch to be a favorable community.

There’s been some good activity in Melody Ranch lately. For the past few years there have been between 12 and 18 single-family homes on the market at any point in time, and the absorption has been quite healthy in this neighborhood. The most motivated sellers are pricing to sell.

John Dodge & HHR Ranch carry majority of positive sales trend.

There are have been some fantastic sales in Jackson Hole in recent weeks. Although the common trend is supporting decreasing real estate values across the board, there have been sales in John Dodge and HHR Ranch that have bucked the trend, giving the Gold Medal and top podium spot to the Seller. With interest rates looking like they are on the rise and the pending reality of Capital Gains taxes increasing, more deals are getting done as 2010 seems to be the best choice to buy and sell.

Fourth quarter transactions continue positive sales streak.

The Jackson Hole real estate market is tracking for its fourth quarter in a row of increased transaction numbers. 2009 ended up with about 225 total deed transfers in Teton County, WY. It’s likely 2010′s numbers will be considerably higher, indicating great values from the banks and more sellers who are motivated to sell.