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Q: I’d love to know how long you’ve been based there and what brought you there?

My husband and I moved here from Paris, France with the intention of staying the summer and then moving to San Diego for one year, then returning to France. We came to spend some time with family and do some river rafting and explore the mountains. We spent the summer in Sun Valley and just couldn’t tear ourselves away. We arrived in 2002 on a 1-year plan, and here we are 16 plus years later!

 

Q: Could you share your perfect winter day – breakfast, activities, lunch, dinner, yoga, skiing, snow shoeing, etc?

There are many perfect winter days in Sun Valley!

For the Alpine skiers and snowboarders, start with a delicious breakfast at The Kneadery, then play in the super pipe on Dollar or go for the 3450’ vertical on Bald Mountain. Lunch at Perry’s Restaurant (and you have got to try their cookies). Après ski choices abound: Apple’s Bar & Grill or River Run Lodge are convenient favorites.

For the Nordic skiers, there are extensive trails up at Galena Summit & Harriman Trails (31 miles), Sun Valley (25 miles), and Hailey (10 miles). Galena offers the historic Galena Lodge where you can get an awesome lunch and enjoy a beer on the deck and take in the amazing 10,000’ peaks of the Boulder Mountains.

For non-skiers there are plenty of snow shoeing trails out Galena and in Sun Valley, and if you haven’t tried fat biking, you should rent a bike and go! Top it off with a burger and beer at Grumpy’s or Lefty’s, or a steak at the Pioneer Saloon, or carnitas at Cabanita.

Or go skate with Olympic and world-class skaters at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink, or catch a Sun Valley Suns hockey game on Friday and Saturday nights and grab some dessert at the Konditorei in the Sun Valley Village.

After a long day outside, it is awesome to take in a yoga class and hit the jacuzzi at the YMCA or Zenergy Health Club which has an outdoor heated pool and jumbo jacuzzi. For fine dining, try Michel’s Christiania or The Grill at Knob Hill in Ketchum, or head down to Hailey to CK’s Real Food.

Getting tired of being so sporty? On your way to the spa for a massage, stroll through the historic and recently remodeled Sun Valley Lodge with ski photos of all the movie stars who put Sun Valley on the map. (There’s also a fun bowling nouveau retro alley below the Lodge.)  Take in the Sun Valley Center for the Arts for the latest art installation or check out the many galleries you can walk to throughout Ketchum. Catch a play at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, a show at The Argyros in Ketchum, a concert at Whiskey’s, or a Film Festival at the old Sun Valley Opera House.

 

Q: How do you personally compare SV to other winter ski towns? What makes it different/special?

Sun Valley is a bit more remote than some resorts but once you get here, you’ll love the friendly people and easy access to so much beauty and recreation. It offers a small town feel with a quirky combination of long-time ski bum characters alongside sophisticated locals and transplants and visitors from all over.

 

Q: Would you suggest people check out Hailey? What makes Hailey unique?

Hailey is awesome! Sun Valley/Ketchum offer the resort feel, Hailey offers the Home Town feel with a bit larger, more full-time population. Hailey has the new state of the art Campion Ice House next to the Hailey Visitors Center (and in other seasons check out the skate park, rodeo grounds, and hiking/biking trails). Hailey has the history Liberty Theater that Demi Moore donated to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Flight Archery Studio if you want to get your bow and arrow on, the Metropolitan Big Wood Cinemas with stadium seating, the Quigley Nordic trails, and multiple yoga studios. Hailey also has great food! CK’s Real Food, diVine Wine bar, Dang’s Thai, Zou 75 sushi, and Lago Azul (try the Sandy Tacos – best ever).

 

Q: Any tips for skiing on mountain at the resort?

For short scenic cruising, take the Gondola and then head over to Seattle Ridge, for bowl skiing head up to Lookout, want long vertical take College down to River Run or head over to the Warm Springs side and ski top to bottom! Ask the ‘Yellow Coats’ for the trails with the best conditions on any given day and get a local’s intel.

 

Q: Any not to miss winter events?

Great Winter Events:

  • Dollar Torchlight Parade & Fireworks.
  • Alpine Championships at Sun Valley on Bald Mountain
  • Boulder Mountain Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival.

On-going fun things in the winter:

  • Try a holiday horse-drawn sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for a nice meal and cozy lodge atmosphere with Christmas carolers and fires in the fireplace. More budget-friendly, there are also daytime Sleigh Rides.
  • Take the Gondola up to The Roundhouse for a six-course Prix Fixe Chef Tasting soirée.
  • Go see the classic Sun Valley Serenade or a Warren Miller flick at the Sun Valley Opera House.

 

Q: Favorite place to rent gear?

Sturtevants or PK’s Ski & Sports in town are touted as the best; there are also rental shops at the base of the mountain at Warm Springs, River Run and Dollar.

 

Posted on February 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Lifestyle / Happening!, Real Estate

Inventory Continues to be a Challenge

In any given market, inventories fluctuate based on supply and demand considering area and price range. The National Association of REALTORS considers a balanced market to be a six-month supply of homes.

If it takes longer than six months to sell, it is thought to be a buyer’s market and less than six months, a seller’s market.

Nationally: The inventory of existing homes has been reduced to approximately 1.5 million houses which is 10.3% lower than a year ago. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis there are 5.7 months’ supply of new homes currently on the market in the U.S.

Locally: In February we had 37 home sales (actual closings) and there were 109 pending contracts (sales with a loan typically take 30-45 days). There were total 398 listings in February of which 6 were new listings. So, we have 12.8 months of inventory valley-wide over all price points.

Of course, real estate is local and even within a neighborhood or a price point, we find differing levels of inventory and time on market. in certain price points, the existing inventory of homes is at an all-time low in the Wood River Valley.

Inventory has a direct impact on price. When demand is constant, but inventory is reduced, price tends to increase because the same number of people are trying to buy a smaller than normal number of homes.

If you are thinking of selling this year, consider that the most listings we typically see the most listings June-July-August. If you can get ahead of the masses, you will have less competition. Another thing to consider, if mortgage rates increase as predicted, the cost to buy is greater and consequently buyers can afford less home.

 

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Real Estate

Windermere Cup for Outstanding Performance

Anna Mathieu with the Windermere Cup

This year’s Trophy awarded to Anna Mathieu

The Windermere Cup is Awarded annually for Outstanding Performance in Real Estate and in the Community

“The winner of this year’s Windermere Cup is more than deserving. Anna Mathieu works tirelessly in real estate, protecting and promoting her clients’ best interests. She strives continuously to deepen her knowledge of our profession and is a creative problem solver. Anna is always exploring new marketing techniques and brings a fresh perspective to every transaction. Congratulations Anna” – Dan Gorham, Owner/Broker Windermere Real Estate / SV, LLC

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Market Updates, Real Estate

Tax Law: How It Will Impact Idaho’s Home Price Outlook – from The Idaho Realtors

Tax Law: How It Will Impact Idaho’s Home Price Outlook
With the new tax law in effect, NAR has estimated how home prices will trend in 2018. Idaho is in the top five states expected to see an increase in home prices.

While the new tax law is already in effect, here we estimate how home prices will trend in 2018 for each state. The new tax law reduces the limit on deductible mortgage debt and limits the deductibility of the real estate tax up to $10,000. These two provisions are expected to have an impact on the housing market. Moreover, a higher standard deduction may lessen the incentive to purchase a home, as fewer consumers will utilize mortgage interest and property tax deductions.

Aside from the tax reform impact, it is of utmost importance to understand that the current state of the housing market will also influence home prices. Prices are shaped by supply and demand, like any other economic asset. A shortage of supply pushes up prices, while excess supply causes prices to fall. In the past five years, housing inventory has fallen across the country and as a result, home prices continue to rise.

NAR estimated how home prices will change in the upcoming year for each state, considering the impact of the new tax law and the momentum of jobs and housing inventory.

While home prices are expected to increase by 1.9% on average in 2018, here are the top 5 states where prices will rise more than the average:
1. Colorado: 5.9%
2. Utah: 5.7%
3. Arizona: 5.6%
4. Washington: 5.5%

5. Idaho: 5.5%

Nationwide, NAR is projecting slower growth in home prices of one to three percent in 2018. That is a marked slowdown from the five to seven percent annual gains of the past five years. Since all real estate is local, there will be some markets with price gains and other markets with actual price declines. Colorado (5.9%), Utah (5.7%) and Arizona (5.6%) are expected to be the states that will experience the strongest price gains in 2018. However, some local markets, particularly in high cost, higher tax areas, will likely see price declines as a result of the legislation’s new restrictions on mortgage interest and state and local taxes such as New Jersey (-6.2%), District of Columbia (-4.8%) and New York (-4.8%).

How did we come up with these estimates? First, we determined the main factors affecting the housing market in 2018. Of course, there are a slew of other factors, which have an impact on home prices, but we think that the following four factors need to be considered as driving forces of the housing market in 2018:

  1. Current housing market conditions and momentum
  2. New tax law impact
  3. Interest rate effect
  4. Employment and construction scenarios

See how home prices will be affected in Idaho by the factors above.

Idaho Home Price Outlook

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Posted on January 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Market Updates, Real Estate

The Windermere Report 2016

Dear friends and neighbors,

 

The 2016 annual real estate stats are in! Hot off the presses!

Here is the 17th anniversary edition of Windermere Real Estate’s Market Review, which has earned its reputation as one of the most accurate sources for data on the Blaine County housing market.  Overall, 2016 was a statistically deceptive year in Blaine County real estate, with a modest gain in the number of closed transactions but a decline in the total dollar volume according to the Sun Valley Board of Realtors MLS data.

 

I say deceptive because the total dollar volume doesn’t take into account the 12 Limelight Residences that are currently reserved and will close next month after construction is completed. In addition, the Sun Valley Company has sold all but one of their 24 Diamond Back Townhomes. Combined these two project represent over $55 million in sales which will be added to the 2017 totals.

 

In the resort condo market, 197 sales were recorded in 2016, compared to 198 a year earlier. That same stable trend also played out in the resort single family market where 77 residences changed hands in 2016, compared to 84 a year earlier.

 

In the Hailey market, 136 homes sold in 2016, up from 129 homes a year earlier. Despite the lack of inventory at certain price points, the median price per square foot in Hailey held steady at $181 per foot, which is still far below the peak of 2008 when it was $210 per square foot. The biggest gains in the south valley came in Bellevue, where the median selling price per square foot jumped 24 percent and is now just 7 percent lower than Hailey’s median price per square foot.

 

We expect 2017 to be a dynamic year in Sun Valley real estate, with interest rates low, inventory falling and median selling prices increasing proportionately. Additionally, the new four-star Limelight Hotel opened last month on Ketchum’s Main Street. Coupled with better direct airline service, these additions should further polish the Sun Valley brand as a world-class resort.

 

If you or someone you know have questions or need professional real estate advice, please don’t hesitate to call me. In the meantime, I hope you find the “Windermere Report” informative and I look forward to working with you in 2017.

 

Other great news for my Windermere clients:

My long-time managing broker Dan Gorham has purchased the local Windermere offices. Mr. Gorham said this about his plans: “Local ownership means we will be able to continue serving the residents and visitors of the Wood River Valley with the historic knowledge that is critical to making good real estate investments. I am also looking forward to growing the offices as we see economic expansion being experienced in the Wood River Valley, and the media attention Sun Valley has been receiving as a world-class resort.”

 

Cheers,

Anna

 

Anna Mathieu, Realtor®, Associate Broker

Windermere Real Estate, Sun Valley LLC

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June 2016 Snapshot

Real Estate | June 2016 Snapshot

Sun Valley Area Real Estate Market Update

2014/2016 Rolling 12 Month Comparison  July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015/July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016

 

   SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

Area

# Sold

Pending

Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

North Ketchum

20

14

2

$330

$405

$1,022,840

$1,922,040

Warm Springs

12

15

2

$365

$435

$1,042,570

$1,547,135

Ketchum

23

24

6

$455

$448

$1,953,630

$1,186,435

Elkhorn

11

20

2

$382

$373

$1,440,910

$1,387,445

Sun Valley

11

12

2

$494

$367

$2,489,875

$1,669,585

Mid-Valley

52

41

2

$297

$322

$1,149,320

$1,421,870

Hailey

118

143

24

$176

$184

$326,575

$347,240

Bellevue

37

38

18

$127

$171

$263,705

$340,000

South Blaine Co.

12

13

1

$100

$115

$216,055

$231,460

TOTAL

296

320

59

$303

$313

$1,100,609

$1,117,023

290

CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES

Area

# Sold

 Pending             Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

Warm Springs

30

30

5

$280

$280

$316,085

$469,225

Ketchum

68

73

22

$365

$365

$660,515

$654,565

Elkhorn

56

67

2

$265

$260

$387,665

$375,605

Sun Valley

23

28

3

$395

$370

$541,075

$439,480

TOTAL

177

198

32

$326

$319

$476,335

$484,719

 Over $500,000

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

66

70

16

$415

$415

$898,930

$923,715

 

YEAR TO DATE REAL ESTATE REVIEW for the WOOD RIVER VALLEY (Residential and Condos/Townhouses)

Price Range

Current Listings as of

Pending

Sales 12 months  2014/2015               

Sales 12 months 2015/2016                    

6/30/2016

06/30/2016

$1 to $149,999

37

10

59

62

$150,000 to $299,999

144

48

182

182

$300,000 to $599,999

187

21

184

184

$600,000 to $999,999

146

11

79

83

$1,000,000 to $1,999,999

147

18

60

62

$2,000,000 to $4,999,999

111

6

23

21

Over $5,000,000

24

0

4

4

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Real Estate | Tagged

September 2016 Snapshot

Real Estate | September 2016 Snapshot

Sun Valley Area Real Estate Market Update

Rolling 12 Month Comparison Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015/Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016

 

   SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES
Area # Sold Pending Avg Sold $ / SqFt Avg Sold Price
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016 2014/2015 2015/2016 2014/2015 2015/2016
North Ketchum 20 10 3 $350 $437 $1,195,338 $2,213,572
Warm Springs 12 14 5 $355 $467 $903,322 $1,677,643
Ketchum 20 24 2 $517 $453 $2,107,649 $1,253,750
Elkhorn 15 23 3 $400 $333 $1,620,859 $1,075,239
Sun Valley 13 13 1 $429 $373 $2,015,280 $1,563,250
Mid-Valley 42 37 8 $293 $317 $1,074,465 $1,499,496
Hailey 124 135 26 $181 $180 $323,535 $356,996
Bellevue 46 38 10 $140 $167 $266,269 $322,909
South Blaine Co. 13 15 4 $114 $103 $245,673 $197,480
TOTAL 305 309 62 $309 $314 $1,083,599 $1,128,926
  290
   CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES
Area # Sold  Pending             Avg Sold $ / SqFt Avg Sold Price
2014/2015 2015/2016 2016 2014/2015 2015/2016 2014/2015 2015/2016
Warm Springs 28 31 3 $278 $280 $403,395 $388,702
Ketchum 71 80 28 $361 $364 $627,338 $640,991
Elkhorn 61 61 7 $255 $264 $341,140 $381,611
Sun Valley 16 30 7 $439 $364 $685,984 $425,700
TOTAL 176 202 45 $333 $318 $514,464 $459,251
 
 Over $500,000 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016 2014/2015 2015/2016 2014/2015 2015/2016
63 66 25 $415 $427 $895,810 $944,724

 

YEAR TO DATE REAL ESTATE REVIEW for the WOOD RIVER VALLEY (Residential and Condos/Townhouses)
Price Range Current Listings as of Pending Sales 12 months  2014/2015                Sales 12 months 2015/2016                    
9/30/2016 09/30/2016
$1 to $149,999 35 9 77 65
$150,000 to $299,999 101 31 168 206
$300,000 to $599,999 207 40 165 169
$600,000 to $999,999 148 18 66 78
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999 143 19 53 66
$2,000,000 to $4,999,999 112 10 30 16
Over $5,000,000 34 2 3 7
Posted on September 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Real Estate | Tagged

August 2016 Snapshot

Real Estate | August 2016 Snapshot

Real Estate Market Update

Rolling 12 Month Comparison  Sept. 1, 2014-August 31, 2015/Sept. 1, 2015-August 31, 2016

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

Area

# Sold

Pending

Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

North Ketchum

22

10

2

$354

$414

$1,168,034

$2,104,056

Warm Springs

12

16

4

$346

$453

$987,572

$1,547,625

Ketchum

22

28

2

$494

$442

$1,925,386

$1,262,303

Elkhorn

15

22

4

$398

$334

$1,636,526

$1,115,500

Sun Valley

13

11

2

$430

$373

$2,015,280

$1,605,364

Mid-Valley

46

38

7

$283

$315

$1,040,371

$1,442,430

Hailey

121

137

21

$179

$183

$324,577

$362,981

Bellevue

42

42

8

$142

$160

$292,866

$303,643

South Blaine Co.

12

14

5

$112

$111

$247,812

$207,357

TOTAL

305

318

55

$304

$309

$1,070,936

$1,105,695

290

   CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES

Area

# Sold

 Pending             Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

Warm Springs

29

29

4

$289

$283

$378,622

$411,095

Ketchum

66

80

27

$348

$366

$577,136

$651,675

Elkhorn

55

62

12

$257

$260

$368,097

$370,515

Sun Valley

18

30

8

$434

$369

$614,041

$436,250

TOTAL

168

201

51

$332

$320

$484,474

$467,384

 Over $500,000

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

60

67

23

$407

$428

$853,175

$948,182

 

YEAR TO DATE REAL ESTATE REVIEW for the WOOD RIVER VALLEY (Residential and Condos/Townhouses)

Price Range

Current Listings as of

Pending

Sales 12 months  2014/2015               

Sales 12 months 2015/2016                    

8/31/2016

08/31/2016

$1 to $149,999

35

12

78

63

$150,000 to $299,999

125

44

158

200

$300,000 to $599,999

226

32

164

179

$600,000 to $999,999

154

14

65

81

$1,000,000 to $1,999,999

157

20

56

63

$2,000,000 to $4,999,999

120

12

30

17

Over $5,000,000

26

0

2

5

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:59 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Real Estate | Tagged

July 2016 Snapshot

Sun Valley Area Real Estate Market Update

Rolling 12 Month Comparison  August 1, 2014-July 31, 2015/August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

Area

# Sold

Pending

Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

North Ketchum

21

12

2

$337

$415

$1,134,370

$1,907,865

Warm Springs

11

15

5

$360

$433

$1,037,805

$1,547,135

Ketchum

21

26

5

$457

$458

$1,823,740

$1,372,095

Elkhorn

13

20

4

$375

$366

$1,405,000

$1,358,444

Sun Valley

12

12

3

$483

$360

$2,399,054

$1,609,500

Mid-Valley

53

36

3

$280

$330

$1,058,246

$1,513,788

Hailey

114

141

20

$177

$185

$325,842

$354,425

Bellevue

36

43

13

$130

$168

$272,219

$328,128

South Blaine Co.

12

13

2

$104

$115

$219,054

$231,231

TOTAL

293

318

57

$300

$314

$1,075,037

$1,248,920

 

CONDOS/TOWNHOUSES

Area

# Sold

 Pending             Avg Sold $ / SqFt

Avg Sold Price

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

Warm Springs

31

29

4

$280

$284

$372,470

$427,819

Ketchum

67

79

23

$350

$359

$592,985

$644,475

Elkhorn

57

64

6

$260

$262

$368,094

$376,796

Sun Valley

24

27

6

$400

$366

$539,281

$430,463

TOTAL

179

199

39

$323

$318

$468,208

$469,888

 Over $500,000

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

65

66

17

$400

$424

$844,638

$953,760

 

YEAR TO DATE REAL ESTATE REVIEW for the WOOD RIVER VALLEY (Residential and Condos/Townhouses)

Price Range

Current Listings as of

Pending

Sales 12 months  2014/2015               

Sales 12 months 2015/2016                    

7/31/2016

07/31/2016

$1 to $149,999

34

10

66

65

$150,000 to $299,999

142

46

188

192

$300,000 to $599,999

218

25

182

180

$600,000 to $999,999

161

14

82

80

$1,000,000 to $1,999,999

153

15

62

63

$2,000,000 to $4,999,999

111

8

20

20

Over $5,000,000

24

0

5

5

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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Posted on July 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Anna Mathieu | Category: Real Estate