What happened in August?
While July 2020 was an explosive month in the Jackson Hole real estate market with 57 sales, it couldn't hold a flame to August 2020, which saw an unprecedented level of sales in a real estate market that is arguably the hottest it's ever been. There were 95 real estate sales in August, significantly more transactions than August of 2019 (50 sales) and August of 2018 (58 sales). This August had by far the highest monthly sales since I began tracking statistics back in January 2013. To put it in perspective, monthly sales have reached their previous peak of 61 monthly transactions only twice in the last 7.5 years. Total sales volume for the month of August was a staggering $278 million, shattering the monthly sales volume record reached last month of $164 million. Despite the global pandemic, 2020 so far has proven to be one of the strongest markets in Jackson Hole real estate history. Year-to-date sales volume has now topped $800 million (with 5 more months to go!), nearly hitting our annual total of $890 million in 2019, which was considered a very strong year.
The average sale price in August was just under $3 million, an uptick from July 2020, however the median sale price dipped slightly from last month, down to $1.65 million. The majority of sales in August were in the $1-3 million range with 70 of the 95 sales occurring over $1 million. Over half (54%) of the sales in August were for single family homes as many locals and out of towners purchased stand alone houses. Lot sales in August also spiked, with 16 transactions - the highest monthly sales since September 2016. Properties in August sold on average at 97% of their list prices for a second month in a row and for the fifth time since January 2020. As an illustration of the unparalleled demand and competition, 28 properties sold at or above their listing price in August.