Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Agent Provides Inside Tips
From all of the television shows, movies and news reports, you might have the wrong idea about Montana real estate and living in this area. As someone who works, lives and plays in the Bitterroot Valley and has sold many homes here at all price ranges, here are…
The Top 10 Myths About Montana Real Estate
1. All of the homes are expensive.
While you may see many of the beautiful, luxury mansions that are available in Montana on television and in brochures, there are also all kinds of homes available at various price points. So, if you are a first-time home buyer, or just looking for a new place to live, Montana has something for every budget.
2. It’s cold and snowy year-round.
In reality, the Bitterroot Valley is known as the “Banana Belt” of the Northwest. Here, they experience 16 hours of sunshine a day during the summer with mild temperatures year-round. You can experience all of the seasons!
3. It’s difficult to start and run a business here.
Actually, Montana recently ranked #1 in The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship with Missoula ranking 9th and Bozeman ranking 12th in their startup rate per an article in the Montana Associated Technology Roundtables. New businesses launch regularly in this state, including high tech, manufacturing and science companies, to name a few. Montana just might be the perfect place to grow your business!
4. There is no affordable land to buy.
This is just not true. For example, you can apply right now to be one of the first residents in the new subdivisions in Sandhill Ridge and Forest Hills. These new communities in Ravalli County are now accepting applications for over 30 lots homes on premier lots ranging from 1 to 2.29 acres.
5. Utility costs are higher than average.
A lot of the new construction in Montana focuses on “green” construction and buildings that “live and breathe.” For example, the homes at Sandhill Ridge are energy-efficient and offer lower utility costs. They also include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). And you can relax with a one-year builder warranty. This means you actually help the environment while saving money on your utility bills.
6. It’s impossible to build a new, custom home without spending a fortune.
In the new communities, you don’t have to compete with the long-standing big cities nearby. With these subdivisions, you get more living space, room for expansion and land for your money. Also, you often have the opportunity to choose from different home models in various locations. Plus, you can personalize the floor plan and request numerous upgrades, basement additions and more.
7. The schools aren’t that great.
Actually, you will find some excellent educational opportunities available at schools like Montana State University, The University of Montana, Carroll College, and many more. Also, a study by U.S. News and World Report recently ranked, Florence-Carlton High in the Bitterroot Valley as seventh in Montana receiving a bronze medal.
8. There are tourists everywhere.
Naturally, you are more likely to hear about all of the popular parks, hiking trails, ski areas, and more. But there are many areas that are quiet where you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature without seeing anyone! In fact, if you are in town, please give me a call as I’d love to show you around and introduce you to some of the “local” secrets you can find in this beautiful state!
9. Taxes are high.
Actually, in the less popular areas and new communities, residents pay a fraction of the taxes of the big, popular cities in the surrounding area.
10. It’s difficult to shop and get around.
While the Bitterroot Valley offers hundreds of quiet places to enjoy all that nature has to offer, you can usually reach all of the amenities of the “Big City” in a matter of minutes. There are plenty of shopping and entertainment venues, restaurants, and more for everyone in the family. This means you get the best of living in “Big Sky Country” and the “Big City” too!
Friendly People and Wide-Open Spaces Await!
In Montana, you can enjoy world-class fishing, skiing and other, outdoor activities one minute and be in your quiet, peaceful home the next.
Whether you are looking for a log cabin home, a new place for your family to enjoy or just a change of pace, Montana has something for everyone!