What happened in May?
While it appears that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the number of real estate sales in Jackson Hole, it does not appear to be affecting pricing/values overall. May real estate sales looked a lot like April real estate sales in Jackson Hole, both well below sale levels seen last year at this time. May recorded only 19 transactions, less than half of the 41 sales in May 2019. However, despite seeing only half of the sales, the overall dollar volume was exceptionally strong, totaling nearly $54 million vs $59.6 million last May (with twice as many sales). As a result, and thanks to several high-end sales at the end of May, the average sale price jumped up to $2.8 million, the highest monthly average sale price in over 3 years! Interesting to note, 13 of the 19 sales in May were over $1 million, with 5 high-end sales over $3 million including: the penthouse at One Town Hill (listed at $3.975 million), two 35-acre Ranch Estates at the Snake River Sporting Club, a lot in Shooting Star (listed at $5.5 million) and a beautiful estate in Grand Teton Ranch north of town, listed for $16.9 million.
On average, properties sold for 97% of their listing prices in May (with 6 of the 19 sales selling at or above the asking prices). While this might suggest that sellers are not adjusting their prices due to the pandemic, upon digging further into the numbers, we see a second story emerge. Seven of the 19 sales sold between 85-91% of their listing prices (or at a 9-15% discount) suggesting that yes, some sellers are seemingly motivated to sell during this time. It's also important to note one significant outlier. Ranch Estate #8 down in the Snake River Sporting Club sold for 30% over its listing price. This was a build-to-suit/ lot purchase combo and the buyer ended up doing many upgrades pushing the sale price above and beyond the stated list price. Removing this outlier drops the monthly sale-list price ratio down to 95%.