Originally Posted by Forrester
After having looked at your North40 Realty web site, I have serious doubts about yours and Andy's desire to "Helping other people experience this lifestyle is what led me to a partnership in north40 realty." based on the prices of your listings. It's no wonder young people like myself can only afford to visit ski towns for a week a year rather than live the ski life we desire. Oh well, maybe when I retire...
First off, thanks for visiting the site. I appreciate it.
I can certainly understand your reaction. Prices here are very, very high and it's really difficult for young people to break into this housing market. Nevertheless, people do it year after year after year. There is "affordable" housing, no-interest loans, no-down housing and so forth. I'm not saying it's easy, but people get it done.
There's also much less pricey housing over Teton Pass in the Driggs and Victor, Idaho area. Less pricey but rising fast.
Today, I can point to a whole bunch of friends from twenty and thirty years ago who bought places back then by the skin of their teeth, working two or three jobs and taking in a couple of renters to help pay the mortgage. Some didn't make it but many did and managed to live a mountain lifestyle through all that. I know perfectly well that it's not easy and it requires a lot of sacrifices, but it has been and is being done.
And finally, just one piece of unasked-for and probably unwanted advice from an old fart... if you want to live in the mountains full time, pick a town and go there. Don't wait for years and years for all the outside factors to be "just right". The town you pick might not be Jackson (we've long since been "discovered"), but there are many other mountain towns that are still *moderately* reasonable as far as housing prices are concerned. Someone who wants this kind of lifestyle badly enough can often figure out a way to make it happen.
Again, thanks for visiting the site and good luck.