Meet Kim Koppen of the Seeley Swan Valley

Real Estate Agent with Great Bear Properties

beargrassFor more than 12 years, I have been selling real estate in the type of place you might recognize from picture post cards.  The Seeley Swan Valley has the "Big Four" of Natural Beauty - forest, lakes, rivers, and mountains - offering year-round recreational opportunities.  Every year, thousands of tourists and part-time residents flock into the area to enjoy camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and skiing.

Discovered in 1861 by the Seeley brothers, the Seeley Swan Valley is about 55 miles northeast of Missoula, the second most populous city in Montana.  It lies between the Swan and Mission Mountains and is dominated by small towns such as Seeley Lake, Condon, Ovando, and Potomac - all of which lie along State Route 83 that bisects the valley.  Though the area has plenty to do all year, summer is most popular with tourists, so the town population temporarily swells.  Tourism plays a major part in the economy of the area, and year-round residents ranch the land or work in forestry. 

The fluctuating population and the many recreational attractions in the area make an interesting challenge for a real estate agent.  Many potential home buyers want second homes or rental property.  This means that incentives like the first time buyers' credit have not had much impact here, as most buyers already own elsewhere.  The repeat buyers' credit has more potential to impact the area, but only if buyers fall in love with this part of Montana, as I did a dozen years ago, and want to become permanent residents.

So how do I approach selling real estate in the Seeley Swan Valley? First, while the biggest part of my market is second homes, I never give up on the potential of the region to attract more permanent residents.  For this reason, I promote the many benefits the Valley has to offer homeowners.

I also offer top notch service.  Because many buyers are not local, I do much of my business online and through phone and fax.  Before that, however, I know potential buyers come to my website, which I am constantly improving. My site offers the newest listings from the Missoula County MLS with best search tools available to buyers plus a convenient assessment for home values for sellers.

Are you interested in exploring the potential of the Seeley Swan Valley for your primary or secondary home?  Visit me, Kim Koppen, at Great Bear Properties today!

Comments (2)

Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Welcome to AR Kim, I'm jealous, you already have your signature working on here!  I have been posting for about a year and I have learned so much about people, business and different areas, it's great.

Jan 04, 2010 03:06 PM
Kim Koppen
Great Bear Properties - Seeley Lake, MT

Thanks Wanda! I had lots of help with the signature! I look forward to making connections and learning from others.

Jan 11, 2010 03:23 AM

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