All About Montana Real Estate

By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
The Flathead Valley Exchange Club is holding a Field of Honor® from Friday May 27th at 10:30am to Monday May 30th at noon. The event will be held at Glacier High School, 375 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. The event will officially kick off on Friday May 27th, with an opening ceremony from 10:30 to 11:30am on the high school grounds. Marc Racicot, former governor of Montana, will be the guest speaker. The event will include opening and closing prayers, a color guard from Malmstrom AFB, Glacier High School Band's rendition of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, an overview of the event, introduction of distinguished guests and sponsors and Racicot's speech. The ceremony will close with a playing of Taps.   The Kalispell Field of Honor® will include a display of 1,000 Americ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This report covers the residential land market in Kalispell Montana as of the end of April 2022. Land sales increased slightly, properties under contract decreased and available inventory remained relatively unchanged. The total value of land sold increased.   INVENTORYAs of early May, there were 49 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is relatively flat with April's inventory of 46. It is the first time inventory has increased in the last nine months. That being said, inventory remains low.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale slightly more than half of the listings include five or more acres. I define rural as those properties in the 5+ acre category. Those are most likely to be parcels located on a gravel mountain road, agricultural farming land, or acreage...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Following is an overview of the Kalispell Montana real estate results for the residential market as of April 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.  The Kalispell residential market remains a strong sellers market, but there are a few signs that changes might be coming.  Sales VolumeIn the month of April 2022, there were 100 residential sales in Kalispell which is 33% more than last year and 83% more than last month. That is quite a jump from the previous month. Because there are currently 162 homes under contract, which is 7% less than the same time last month, next month's results should be relatively flat or perhaps even decrease a bit.  InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market,...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
A beautiful 26 acre parcel of Lower Valley Road land in the valley of Kalispell Montana just went under contract! This property has a current legal address of NHN (No House Number) MT Highway 82, but it's actually located about a quarter mile north on Lower Valley Road. With 800 feet of paved county road frontage, it's a very easy to access parcel in the middle of the valley between Bigfork and Kalispell.Less than an hour after this property hit the market, calls started coming, and within a few days a buyer had connected with the property and is now under contract.This more than twenty six acres of land in the middle of the valley presents an amazing opportunity! The property is totally level and electricity is already on the road. There are many options for the future owner!The land w...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
A beautiful 26 acre parcel of Lower Valley Road land in the valley of Kalispell Montana just went on the market! More than twenty six acres of land in the middle of the valley presents an amazing opportunity! The property is totally level with more than 800 feet of paved county road frontage. Electricity is already on the road. This spot is convenient to everything in the area. For example, it is less than a mile north of Flathead Lake. It's situated between Bigfork and Kalispell and is not far from Glacier National Park, Jewel Basin hiking, Whitefish and Lakeside skiing and more.Even better, this property has many options for a new owner!The land would be perfect for a forever home. Mornings might find a new owner sitting on a deck looking at the mountains and contemplating life. Or pe...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
A common question buyers of land may have is, "Can I subdivide my Kalispell land?" There are various reasons for this question. Buyers may wish to split the land among family members, giving each a deeded piece of property. Or they might want to gain income from the sale of a few pieces, and live on the remaining parcel. Or perhaps they want to purchase land as an investment and subdivide for a development. Whichever of these is true, the answer to the question "Can I subdivide my Kalispell land?" is "It depends." The two major types of land divisions in our area are: family transfers and subdivisions.Family transfers allow a land to be divided and exempted from subdivision review. Specifically, this kind of transfer means the land is being sold or gifted to a member of the landowner's ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Wildlife is prevalent in the Kalispell, Montana area. I recently wrote about the thrill of watching a healthy herd of elk as well as the always-present deer and turkeys. There are other animals that can also be found in our Kalispell woods.  Although the most common animal sightings in our area are turkeys, deer and elk, there are many other animals we've either seen or seen sign of. Coyote: We only saw one coyote, and he was moving too fast to even get a photo. One day a few years ago, we were taking one of our walks down the driveway and we heard something coming our way. As we watched, a coyote bounded across the ground, racing towards our neighbor's ranch. A few seconds later we heard frantic squawking of turkeys. You can just imagine what happened.Mountain Lion: We haven't actually...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This report covers the residential land market in Kalispell Montana as of the end of March 2022. Land sales increased, properties under contract and available inventory remain relatively unchanged and the total value of land sold increased.   INVENTORYAs of early April, there were 46 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is relatively flat with March's inventory of 49. That being said, it does indicate the eighth monthly decrease in a row. Inventory remains low.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale, less than half of the listings include five or more acres. I define rural as those properties in the 5+ acre category. Those are most likely to be parcels located on a gravel mountain road, agricultural farming land, or acreage adjacent to National Forest or lumber ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Following is an overview of the Kalispell Montana real estate results for the residential market as of March 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.   The Kalispell residential market remains a strong sellers market.   Sales VolumeIn the month of March 2022, there were only 54 residential sales in Kalispell which is 54% less than last year and only 4 more than last month. There are currently 174 homes under contract, which is ~33% more than the same time last month. Demand remains high. More inventory would be helpful!  InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market, inventory is only slightly higher (5%) than last month with 120 properties for sale as indicated with the blue line in the ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
A fantastic opportunity to own a lot in the Eagle Bend golf community has just become a reality!The Eagle Bend Golf Club is located on Flathead Lake's north shore. It's a 27-hole championship course that also offers a full service restaurant and practice facility. In addition, the club is home to the Eagle Bend Ladies Golf Association. The EBLGA, which currently numbers about 120, is an organized golf group for women of the community and club. For more information (or to watch videos of the golf course), check out the club's website here.Similar to many developments in the Flathead Valley, the Eagle Bend property is covered by Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. For example, some of the items you might find in the CCRs are that there is an Architectural Committee that must approve h...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
As mentioned in my January 2022 version of this report, many people in the Flathead Valley believe that all the real estate activity is a result of out-of-towners. And while there are definitely out-of-state buyers, it's interesting to see the specific details of exactly who is buying and selling in Kalispell and the entire Flathead Valley.In the month of February, 267 properties changed hands in Flathead Valley. These properties included land, single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes. Of those sales, 64% were conducted by local Montanans. That means 36% of the purchases in February were made by out of state buyers. This is a higher percentage of purchases than in the previous month when 24% of transactions were with out-of-state buyers. This information does...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This report covers the residential land market in Kalispell Montana as of the end of February 2022. Land sales decreased, properties under contract increased and the total value of land sold was slightly less than January.    INVENTORYAs of early March, there were 49 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is 9% less than the previous month, the seventh monthly decrease in a row.   Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale, nearly half of the listings include five or more acres. I define rural as those properties in the 5+ acre category. Those are most likely to be parcels located on a gravel mountain road, agricultural farming land, or acreage adjacent to National Forest or lumber parcels. They are often not located in a development, but by themselves, and provide p...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Following is an overview of the Kalispell Montana real estate results for the residential market as of February 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.   The Kalispell residential market remains a strong sellers market.   Sales VolumeIn the month of February 2022, there were only 50 residential sales in Kalispell which is 30% less than last year and 14% less than last month. There are currently 131 homes under contract, which is ~10% more than the same time last month. Sales do typically slow down in the winter months, so as the market seems to be behaving as usual.  InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market, inventory is the same as last month with 114 properties for sale (as indica...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
I recently received some interesting statistics that I thought I'd share with you. Many people in the Flathead Valley believe that all the real estate activity is a result of out-of-towners. And while there are definitely out-of-state buyers, it's interesting to see the specific details of exactly who is buying and selling in Kalispell and the entire Flathead Valley.In the month of January, 344 properties changed hands in Flathead Valley. These properties included land, single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes. Of those sales, 76.5% were conducted by local Montanans. Only 24% of the purchases were made by out of state buyers. This seems to refute the common thinking that all of the activity in the real estate market is caused by those moving into the area. Mu...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Wildlife is prevalent in the Kalispell, Montana area. I recently wrote about the thrill of watching both a healthy herd of elk and the always-present deer during the winter of 2021-2022. Another animal that we see a lot of here in the Flathead Valley are wild turkeys. Below is a quick video with some photos and videos of Kalispell turkeys.    And here is some miscellaneous information about wild turkeys.Background: Turkeys can be found waddling around many different areas of Flathead Valley. What makes this fact interesting is that turkeys are not native to Montana. The Montana Department of Fish and Game first introduced Merriam turkeys in the 1950s, starting with 13 birds (one adult male, four young males, five adult females and three young females). In the following year, 18 more wer...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
I recently wrote about the thrill of watching a healthy herd of elk during the winter of 2021-2022. They were such impressive animals and I just had to share. And then I was thinking about our deer, the white-tailed kind that are prevalent in my area of Kalispell Montana. They're less imposing creatures, but are more loyal, sticking around all year while the elk disappear all summer. So, they deserve some time as well! Here is a video of some of our deer sightings.  Below is some miscellaneous information about white-tailed deer:Lifespan: An average white tail deer lives approximately 4.5 years in the wild (per hikingandfishing.com). It's not surprising that it is a relatively short period. Not only do deer need to deal with deep snow, difficulty finding water and plants in winter, and ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
During the winter of 2021-2022, we were lucky enough to be able to observe a herd of about 30 elk as they made their way around the neighborhood. Almost every morning, we'd see them cross our land as they meandered back into the woods where they'd spend the day. If we didn't actually see them, we'd see tracks that they must have left right before we came outside. I compiled the below video to share some of the elk sightings.  I also snuck in a few trail cam-summer photos as well.  Also, below is some miscellaneous information about elk: Bulls can reach 1,000 pounds and cows can weigh 500-600 pounds. The antlers of a bull elk alone could weigh 40 pounds! In the summer, elk typically live at higher elevations, but during the winter they often move lower where there is more grass or shrubs...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This report covers the residential land market in Kalispell Montana as of the end of January 2022. Land sales increased slightly, properties under contract increased significantly and the total value of land sold was higher than in December. Demand for Kalispell Montana land is still strong.  INVENTORYAs of early February, there were 54 residential land parcels for sale in the Kalispell area which is 20% less than the previous month, the sixth decrease in a row.  Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale, half of the listings include five or more acres. I define rural as those properties in the 5+ acre category. Those are most likely to be parcels located on a gravel mountain road, agricultural farming land, or acreage adjacent to National Forest or lumber parcels. They are often...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Following is an overview of the Kalispell Montana real estate results for the residential market as of January 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.   The Kalispell residential market remains a strong sellers market.   Sales VolumeIn the month of January 2022, there were only 58 residential sales in Kalispell which is 34% less than last year and 42% less than last month. Sales do typically slow down in December and January (last year wasn't typical), so as mentioned last month, the market seems to be behaving as usual. Interestingly enough, January of 2022 is very similar to January of 2020 (52 sales). Only time will tell whether we are starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.  InventoryI...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Whether you are interested in a small parcel of land in a subdivision with room for a home with attached garage, or a huge parcel of land with room for horses, multiple buildings and exploration, you can find it in Kalispell Montana. While inventory changes all the time, here is an overview of the largest and smallest parcels (by size) currently on the market. Smallest Land Parcel for Sale On the low end is a parcel of land that is slightly less than a fifth of an acre. It can be found in the Northland subdivision of Kalispell. The subdivision is located south of Four Mile Drive. This community includes sixty acres with parks and panoramic views and both established homes and newly constructed homes. Northland is convenient to the Kidsports complex, Logan Health Center, and all the shop...
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