With breathtaking views, lakes, parks and endless year-round activities, Jackson Hole is a unique place to live and own real estate. Whether looking for a family home, investment property, land on which to build, or a vacation retreat, we are always impressed with the properties offered by premier realtor Carol Linton, who has been a Jackson Hole resident and property owner since 1985. Her affiliation with Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty, the market leader in Teton County year after year, has helped her to become one of the most successful realtors in Wyoming, gives her the resources and networking power appreciated by both buyers and sellers.
Originally, Carol’s first career as a high school chemistry teacher and her appreciation of all that Wyoming had to offer brought her here. Two years later, she met and married her husband who is a fourth generation Wyoming native. They have three grown children who are true Wyomingites at heart.
Having worked and lived in Wyoming for over 25 years, Carol’s knowledge goes well beyond the real-estate market as she always knows the best in special local events, restaurants and memorable activities. Offering top picks every day on her Facebook page, her friends and clients look forward to reading them daily. For a daily dose of Carol’s top local picks, images of her luxurious listings and more, check out Carol Linton’s Facebook page
Below, Carol gives Haute Living readers some fantastic advice on buying a second home.
Buying a Second Home? Here are SomeTips for Making a Wise Purchase.
“I live in the resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in which a good percentage of its residents are second and third homeowners. Visitors to Jackson are often blown away by the magnitude of its scenery and wildlife, culture and restaurants, which leads them to investigate real estate opportunities here. But is Jackson just another pretty face or a place worth putting down some roots?
When I work with a buyer, I point out the four ingredients necessary to finding the idyllic second home– location, accessibility, lifestyle, and investment value. The location should be unique and offer something other communities might be lacking. There are lots of ski towns in the USA, but what sets Jackson apart is the lack of developable land—only 3% of its 4,222 sq miles of area can be privately owned. The community is a vibrant one with a strong art and cultural scene, well funded schools, a private hospital, a regional airport, and a multitude of non-profits. Within its boundaries are a national park, three ski areas, four golf courses, an elk refuge, national forests, rivers, lakes, and more.
Accessibility is another key ingredient. The ability to easily travel to your vacation home will enhance your abilities to use it more often. Jackson’s airport and FBO are serviced by direct flights from Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The airport is just seven miles from town.
Lifestyle elements are important and the more, the merrier. Jackson Hole is incomparable in that regard. For a community with a relatively small population, 20,000 people according to the 2009 census, there are a multitude of cultural venues, community events, restaurants, and recreational opportunities. Live music can be enjoyed every night, from the famous Stagecoach Band to the Grand Teton Musical Festival Orchestra, now in its 50th year. Art galleries are abundant and Thursday night gallery walks are a social event. The Center for the Arts hosts world dance, music, and guest speakers throughout the year. Recreationally the sky is the limit with world class skiing, fly fishing, climbing, snowmobiling, kayaking, golfing, and more.
Finally, the investment value should be evaluated. Wyoming is one of the most tax friendly states in the U.S., with low property taxes , no state income tax, and no estate tax to name a few. Weighing the amount of time you will spend at your second home vs. the cost to maintain it might be important things to consider, as well as whether you will want an income producing property or not, and the expected appreciation over time.” – Carol Linton
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