Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is not just a single town; it’s an entire valley that includes many towns including Teton Village, Wilson, and Moran Junction, to name just a few. The valley covers an area of about 2,350 square miles, and the median home price of Jackson Hole luxury homes is $3,700,000, whereas the median home price in the town of Jackson proper is $2,900,000.
Jackson Hole and Jackson both were named in honor of Davey Jackson, a European fur trapper who, in the 19th century, became one of the first Europeans to spend the winter in Jackson Hole and survive. The valley is located in the shadow of the Teton mountains, where the highest peak, known as Grand Teton, rises nearly 13,800 feet above sea level.
Old-school dude ranches pepper the valley, as do dedicated camps. For those more used to city life, there exist many upscale hotels from which to base a visit. Yellowstone National Park is about 57 miles north of the town of Jackson, and the Grand Teton National Park is also a beloved spot where visitors might run into bears, elk, antelope, moose, and bison. If you’re looking to invest in or stay in vacation rentals amongst Jackson Hole real estate for sale, you’ve hit the jackpot.
If you’re looking to invest in vacation rentals…
Do some due diligence
Also among considerations when choosing an ideal spot to invest in a vacation rental is proximity to amenities, goods, and emergency services. No matter where your rental is located, its ideal location is one where renters can be comfortable, safe, warm, and close to civilization. Jackson Hole offers renters proximity to outdoor recreation such as skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Additionally, conduct market analysis or enlist a realtor to assist you. Assuming that your rental amongst Jackson Hole luxury homes might lie dormant for part of the year, every year, how financially feasible is your investment? If you purchase a cabin in a remote part of upstate New York for $1,000,000 and only rent it for seven months of the year for $7,000 per month, does that cover your mortgage? Is the area already saturated with rentals? Check out some online free listing websites to gather relevant market data before you make any investment decisions.
Calculate expected income and costs
If the numbers work out and you foresee a healthy income from Jackson Hole real estate for sale that you’re thinking of investing in as a vacation rental, there are still considerations to account for when it comes to rental property. Rental income should ideally cover your vacation rental mortgage plus 10% to 20% more to account for additional insurance costs, maintenance costs, HOA fees, condo fees, property management fees, and any projected “downtime” when you anticipate your rental will lie empty. For months that you anticipate an empty rental, figure at least a 25% vacancy rate. Anything less and you’ll lose money. One last consideration is this: you and your family will always have a “free” place to vacation, especially if it’s during those down times when your property remains empty. There’s always a silver lining.
If you’re looking to stay in a vacation rental…
Confirm all sleeping arrangements
Report any problems immediately
Think of a rental property as you would a rental car. When you sign the contract to rent it, the dealer inspects the car with you to record any weaknesses with the vehicle, such as scratches, dents, faulty air conditioning, and the like. Another inspection takes place when you return the car, and you’re liable for any damage if you haven’t purchased insurance. The same holds true for a vacation rental. Take pictures and inspect the property upon your arrival and email the owner with any findings. Doing so will protect you in case the owner tries to blame you for a pre-existing condition or opens a dispute.
House rules can be restrictive
Not all real estate agents are experts in vacation rentals, but Colby Murphy has years of experience under his belt and is eager to help you locate an ideal spot.