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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
I recently found an online directory of Kalispell City ordinances and thought it’d be intriguing to see what some of the ordinances of the past were. If I can find enough interesting material, I hope to share one from each year up until now. This week's post will cover a Kalispell ordinance I found from 1906.Kalispell City Ordinance number 176 became official on May 7, 1906. It isn't really that unusual or interesting. After all, the ordinance just shares budgets for various city funds and also talks about salaries that are paid from the city's Contingent Fund. What makes this interesting is the difference in some of these line items between 1906 until 2022/3. Looking at salaries, the first column of numbers shows the annual salary for each of these job titles in the early 1900s. Police...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
I recently found an online directory of Kalispell City ordinances and thought it’d be intriguing to see what some of the ordinances of the past were. If I can find enough interesting material, I hope to share one from each year up until now. This week's post will cover a Kalispell ordinance I found from 1905. In 1900, there was a population of 9,375 in Flathead County. Currently, in 2022, the census indicates 24% of the people in Flathead County live in Kalispell. Assuming the same was true in 1905, we could estimate that perhaps 2,250 people lived in Kalispell. The energy.gov website indicates that in 1905 only .94 per 1,000 people owned a car. With that calculation, there were probably very few people who owned or drove cars at that time. But evidently there were enough for the Kalisp...
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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 December 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.  While the Kalispell residential market remains on the cusp of a balanced market, sales, available listings, properties under contract and median sale prices fell in the month of December.  Sales VolumeIn the month of December 2022, there were only 39 residential sales in Kalispell which is 61% less than the same time last year and 26% less than last month. The lower number of sales could be attributed to buyers holding off on making purchases at this time due to economic challenges and could also be due to winter and holiday conflicts.    Inv...
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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 December 2022. Land sales continue to remain low and available inventory declined slightly. The residential land market in Kalispell has slowed from the robustness of the last few years. Additionally, unlike the residential home market which is still a slight sellers market, Kalispell land is currently experiencing a buyers market.  INVENTORYAs of early January, there were 166 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is slightly less than December's inventory of 178. This is the second drop in monthly inventory in a row.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale 31% of the listings include five or more acres. I define rural as those properties in the 5+ acre category. Those are most li...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
I recently found an online directory of Kalispell City ordinances and thought it'd be interesting to see what some of ordinances of the past were. So first, I went back to the very first entry in the online directory, which is from 1904. It's ordinance number 169 so there are probably 168 ordinances that aren't available online. So this post won't cover the very first Kalispell ordinance which would have been fun, but it will cover the very first available online ordinance.In June of 1904, Kalispell (and many areas of Montana) were dealing with a pest infestation that was resulting in infected fruit being sold in markets. The pests were Codling Moths, an insect that mainly impacts fruit trees such as apple and pear. The larvae doesn't feed on leaves, but instead they enter the fruit thr...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
On the last afternoon of the very last work day of 2022, my buyer clients were able to close on their townhouse at 140 Barron Way in Kalispell Montana. They purchased this as an investment property and are planning to rent this three bedroom, two bath home first thing in the New Year!140 Barron Way is part of Phase V of the Empire Estates development which is located on both sides of Route 93-Alt between Three Mile and Four Mile drives in Kalispell. There are approximately 370 total homes in the development, consisting of both townhouses and single family homes. The development also includes three parks, one of which is right near 140 Barron Way! Besides being close to the highway, this development is close to all Kalispell has to offer. It's just a few minute drive to the medical cente...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Joan Cox recently shared new laws that will be effective in her state as of January 1st, 2023. I thought doing that was a great idea - to share information about new legislation so residents would be aware. So I decided to do the same thing for Montana and subsequently did a bunch of research online. I used various search terms to find out what was going to be new in terms of Kalispell or Montana laws. And here's what I found: The minimum wage in Montana is rising to $9.95 on 1/1/2023. That is it! I couldn't find anything else in terms of new laws - which is part of the reason most Montanans love Montana - regulations are not onerous. So then I thought, well, maybe it would be useful instead to share laws or ordinances that were put in place in Kalispell during 2022. Perhaps there are t...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
We all have our own traditions when it comes to the holidays. And when it comes to Christmas trees, some people swear by artificial trees. Some love fresh trees. We're in the second camp, and here is how we go about getting our annual Christmas tree.So to those who suggested that I should have gotten my tree weeks ago since all I have to do is go outside and cut one down, it's not that simple! Not only because I don't live in a Christmas tree farm with perfectly shaped trees but because almost all of those trees are up a hill and not easily accessible. And walking in a foot of snow lugging a sled with equipment in it isn't the best way to keep the Christmas spirit! haha.So if you live in Kalispell and want to cut your own tree down, you can certainly do so! If you don't have your own tr...
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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 November 2022. Land sales continue to remain low and available inventory declined slightly. The residential land market in Kalispell has slowed from the robustness of the last few years.  INVENTORYAs of early November, there were 178 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is slightly less than November's inventory of 184. This is the first drop in inventory since early this year. Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale 34% 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. Th...
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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 November 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.    The Kalispell residential market remains on the cusp of a balanced market. Sales VolumeIn the month of November 2022, there were 53 residential sales in Kalispell which is 53% less than the same time last year and 23% less than last month. The lower number of sales could be attributed to buyers holding off on making purchases at this time due to economic challenges.    InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market, inventory had seen significant upward movement early this year. The number of homes on the market dropped in September mos...
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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 October 2022. Land sales continue to remain low and available inventory continues to increase. The residential land market in Kalispell has slowed from the robustness of the last few years.   INVENTORYAs of early November, there were 184 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is essential flat compared with October's inventory of 183. Although a gain of one is very small, it is still the seventh month in a row of increasing inventory.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale 33% 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 ac...
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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 October 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.    The Kalispell residential market remains on the cusp of a balanced market. Sales VolumeIn the month of October 2022, there were 69 residential sales in Kalispell which is 27% less than the same time last year and 12% less than last month. The lower number of sales could be attributed to buyers holding off on making purchases at this time due to economic challenges.             InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market, inventory had seen significant upward movement since early this year. The number of homes on the market dropped in ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
If you're looking to purchase land in Kalispell or anywhere in Flathead Valley of Montana, there are many things you should consider before making a decision. Some of the considerations follow: Usage:What are you going to use the land for? This answer will determine where to look. For example, do you want a parcel of forested land to use for hunting? Or would you want to build a single family home and garage? What about a main home and some guest houses? A shop? Will you be raising livestock? Do you dream of land with a lake for fishing? Do you want to start a neighborhood vegetable farm? Will you want a horse ranch, with stables and training tracks for your horses? Or would you like to walk out your back door into a National Forest for hiking? Once you know how you want to use the land...
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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 September 2022. Land sales continue to remain low and available inventory continues to increase. The residential land market in Kalispell has slowed from the robustness of the last few years.  INVENTORYAs of early October, there were 183 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is 6% more than August's inventory of 173. It is the sixth month in a row of increasing inventory.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale ~34% 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 ...
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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 September 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes. The Kalispell residential market remains on the cusp of a balanced market. Sales VolumeIn the month of September 2022, there were 78 residential sales in Kalispell which is 21% less than the same time last year and 27% less than last month. Inventory levels have risen since early this year and the number of homes under contract is relatively flat. The lower number of sales could be attributed to buyers holding off on making a purchase at this time.  InventoryIn terms of available homes on the market, inventory has seen significant upward move...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
Would you like to know what living in the Kalispell Montana area is like? Have you been wondering whether there is fishing, hunting, or hiking? Do you want to know what types of subdivisions are available or perhaps what is currently on the market? Are you wondering where to grocery shop, recycle, or catch up on your news? What about the weather?If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, you may wish to check out my Kalispell MT community information. The page was updated in September 2022 to reflect most the most recent information and links.If there's anything you would like to know that is not specifically discussed in the Kalispell community page, please contact me at 406-270-3667 or kat@thehousekat.com.  I would be happy to update as needed!
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
This home with nearly six acres of land at 753 Mooring Road in Columbia Falls MT just sold! The listing read as follows: Are you dreaming of living in a home that is nestled near the woods with views of a pond from your windows, and views of mountains from your property? Would you like a covered patio and gazebo for entertaining and relaxing, with a fenced-in area for your vegetable or flower garden? If yes, this Columbia Falls home could be the perfect one for you! The inside includes an owner's suite with jacuzzi, shower and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, a spacious kitchen with breakfast nook and pantry, dining room, built-in linen closets, air conditioning, vaulted ceilings and wood stove. Outside includes a firewood shed full of firewood, carports for your vehicle and RV ...
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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 August 2022. This report covers the entire residential market, including single family homes, townhouses, condominiums and manufactured homes.   The Kalispell residential market remains on the cusp of a balanced market. Sales VolumeIn the month of August 2022, there were 107 residential sales in Kalispell which is 15% more than last year and 22% more than last month. The increasing number of sales may be due to the lower sale prices. See the "median sales price" section of this report for more information on prices.      Inventory In terms of available homes on the market, inventory has seen significant upward movement since early this year. The early September listings of 317 are just...
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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 August 2022. For the fourth month in a row, land sales decreased. Available inventory continues to increase. The residential land market in Kalispell has slowed from the robustness of the last few years.  INVENTORYAs of early September, there were 173 residential land parcels for sale in Kalispell which is 7% more than August's inventory of 162. It is the fifth month in a row of increasing inventory.Five or more acresOf the land currently for sale ~36% 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 parc...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR®)
What else would hikers want to do but to make sure they were able to experience the highest peak in the hiking-only Jewel Basin area of NW Montana? Mount Aeneas has that distinction with its 7,528 foot altitude. And what better time of year to do that hike than in August when the snow (most of it) has melted, the sun is shining, and the path is clear? We headed out early on a workday for the trip to the trailhead. If you've never been to the Camp Misery trailhead, that can be an experience all by itself! You will need to take Jewel Basin Road (No. 5392) for about 7 miles. The road is a relatively narrow sometimes windy and washboard-y gravel road that has a few areas with drop-offs and no guard rails. Put that together with a bunch of blind corners, and you could have a recipe for disas...
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