Year in review.
2018 was a great year for Real Estate in Northwest Montana. I personally sold some beautiful properties and made some lifelong friends along the way. Every market experienced a nice increase in median home prices and a steady stream of closings. In my main market the Flathead Valley we have seen the Median list price on housing increase this year by 10% to $370,000 and the median sale price rose 12% to $275,000. Cumulative days on market or CDOM is down 9% to 89 days. There continues to be a shortage of lower priced opportunities for buyers. Some new subdivisions have been approved in Whitefish, Kalispell and surrounding cities. I anticipate that type of property will be in a good price range and continue to sell. Not seeing much subdivision activity in the county with larger parcels than in town. Montana’s somewhat recent Exempt Well ruling has made it difficult for developers to create new communities out of city limits. Here is a link to the Western Environmental Law centers exempt well law explanation. https://westernlaw.org/exempt-well-loophole-mt/ . 2019 looks to be more of the same in our markets. People from all over know about the Flathead Valley and will continue to move to the Big Sky Country! Happy New Year have a great 2019!
Whitefish Winter Carnival 2019
The Legend of Ullr
Once upon a time, there lived a god named Ullr who reigned over winter activities in the Nordic regions. Aiding him were his Prime Minister and Queen, who were skilled in creating the beauties of winter.
As time went by, however, his subjects become engrossed in exploring the world and its oceans, and they paid less homage to their god-king and the festivities of their winter season, so Ullr became a god all-but-forgotten, except in dim tradition.
Read more at https://whitefishwintercarnival.com/history/
Merry Maker: January 5
A bawdy adults-only good time, enjoy a hearty roast of Whitefish and current events.
King & Queen Coronation: January 12
A fun, family event! Come in out of the cold and be a part of history with the unveiling of King Ullr LX and his Queen of the Snows.
Disco Party: January 12
Dust off your moves and your duds for an evening of groove. Prizes for best costume.
Prince & Princess Coronation: January 18
An annual tradition, watch the new Prince Frey and Princess Freya crowned at half-time, and cheer on the Bulldogs!
Skijoring: January 25-27
This sport combines a mix of two of Montana’s favorites – horses and skiing.
Gala: February 1
Support Carnival and kick off the weekend with merriment and frivolity at the Carnival Gala.
Some events require a carnival button for entry. For more details on all the above Carnival events, browse to: https://whitefishwintercarnival.com/events/
Featured property-Mountain Watch at Meadow Lake
Nestled in mature stands of pine, birch and western tamarack, design and build your own private hideaway or choose from plans developed exclusively for Mountain Watch. Thoughtful and sensible design guidelines assure the lasting quality and character of this naturally beautiful neighborhood. Full services including water, sewer, electric, and cable are available to every home site.
241 Turnberry Terrace, lot 29: MLS21814411, 0.31 acres, offered at $69,000
148 Turnberry Terrace, lot 13: MLS 21814409, 0.3 acres, offered at $63,000
115 Turnberry Terrace, lot 18: MLS 21814406, 0.39 acres, offered at $59,000
127 Turnberry Terrace, lot 19: MLS 21814405, 0.44 acres, offered at $56,000
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Governor says recreation stirs economic growth
Montana Governor Steve Bullock says it doesn’t take much thinking to realize why people are visiting the state.
“Last year we had over 13 million visitors to our state,” he said. “They weren’t coming to go to our Wal-Marts, right? They could do that at home. They’re coming to see the opportunities that make this state so amazing. And these visits stir economic growth, create local and good paying jobs.”
Bullock kicked off the first Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit last Tuesday in Whitefish at Grouse Mountain Lodge focusing on the value Montana’s public lands have both recreationally and economically.
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