By now, we’ve all experienced and adapted to the effects of Covid-19: transitioning our work offices to home offices, kitchen tables to homeschool desks and the endless maneuvering of one-way aisles at the grocery store. As we have all settled into our new “normal,” over the past nine months, one trend has risen above all else (and no, it’s not the explosion of designer masks and face coverings): the great migration to the country, specifically, the Mountain West.
As people settle into the realization that masks are a longer term play, they are also realizing that WFH no longer means work from their 1200 SF condo in the city. That WFH now means room to roam – in smaller, more rural towns with better access to recreation, including National Parks, ski resorts, trail systems, lakes and rivers.
So it was no surprise that Kalispell, Montana, the largest city in Flathead County, was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal: A Guide to Buying a House in This Crazy Covid Market: An exclusive analysis of the country’s top buyer’s and seller’s luxury markets following the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as a look at where $1 million and up home-buyers could be headed next.
Kalispell, Montana shows the 2nd largest increase in online searches of $1M+ properties by out-of-towners according to Zillow.com, surging 132% from August 2019 to August 2020. We understand why: Kalispell boasts recreation abound, including access to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and the Whitefish Trail System to name a few.
The Great Migration is happening to towns across the Mountain West, and Montana’s Flathead Valley is primed and ready. We have had a very healthy market the past several years, but this recent boom has drastically pushed housing prices up. Some of the biggest things we’ve seen stand out this year are the urgency in which buyers act, the high number of sight-unseen purchases and the number of cash purchases. We have a very strong market – our only pinch point is inventory.
Whether you’re looking for mountain views as you WFH, access to Glacier National Park for your homeschool science lessons, or access to the recreation of Montana, our team of local experts can help you find the perfect property.
We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 406-730-1798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet, stop by our office to talk shop: 911 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 101, Whitefish, MT.