What does a MT Land Buyer need to consider?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

If you're looking to purchase land in the Kalispell, Lakeside or Bigfork areas 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. Do you want a parcel of forested land to use for hunting? Do you want to build a single family home and garage? Would you like 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 to add a stable and training track for your horses? Or walk out your back door into a National Forest for hiking? Once you know how you will be using the land, the next thing to consider is:

 
How you live:

What does a MT Land Buyer need to consider? photo of a viewIf you plan to live on the land in a home of some sort, then think about how you want to live. Do you want to be able to go into your backyard and target shoot? Do you want to be close to your neighbors or in the woods out of sight of everyone? Will you want to wander out to the garden to pick plants? Do you have a dog, or five? Do you have cats? Goats? Horses? Do you need to be able to easily get into town in any kind of weather? Do you want to be able to look out at beautiful views every day? Your answers will guide you towards the right property as well. Many parcels have CCRs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) which can constrain some activities. Which leads me to...

 
Restrictions:

Many developments in the area have CCRs, which are rules that can cover everything from how many pets you can have and what you can park in your driveway to what kinds of outbuildings are allowed and whether you can use firearms on your property. CCRs might also address how big your house needs to be, where on the lot it must be built, whether you can have a metal roof or not, whether you can run a business from your home and put signs in your yard or rent your home. There are also parcels of land with no restrictions at all, which is fantastic if you want to build something unique. It also means your neighbors have no restrictions and can build whatever they want as well. The lack of restrictions is more common in a rural area than the center of town, which is another thing to think about.

 
Rural life:

If you're considering buying property in the woods where you can do whatever you'd like and build whatever suits your fancy, there are also some things you might want to consider. For example, how accessible will the property be? Will you be able to easily get all services to your door? Is there anything you might need to consider about agriculture and right to farm rules? What about good old Mother Nature considerations? What about wildlife? Your choice of property will impact what wildlife you will be communing with.

 
Hiring a buyer agent

Similar to buying a home, it's in your best interest to hire a buyer agent to assist you with finding the right piece of property. Because there are so many other things that must be considered once you've decided where to live. Things like: finding out what the rules for a specific parcel are, determining how to move forward with getting well and septic estimates, understanding the permitting process (or not), obtaining access to parcels to walk the land, understanding local history or activity that might be happening in the future, getting information on available services, getting a good handle on proper pricing for parcels, understanding your options, getting expertise to help you write your offer, and more.

 

On a final note, if you are a out-of-town buyer and you need a buyer agent who will also walk property to answer additional questions you may have, call me! 406-270-3667 or kat@thehousekat.com. As long as I can access the property, I'd be happy to put my hiking boots on, grab my bear spray, and head on out to get your questions answered and shoot some video for you.

 

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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  1. Roy Kelley 07/16/2020 07:28 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Your comments always make me grin. Thank you for this one too. It's great to know I come across as professional. If they only knew the truth!  (haha, kidding, I am professional!)

Enjoy your afternoon!

Jul 15, 2020 02:38 PM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Kat Palmiotti -  the possibilities in your area are really diverse.  You questions asked here really helps a potential buyer become aware of all of the choices.

Jul 15, 2020 07:42 PM #5
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kat. A pre-showig counseling session sounds necessary with a knowledgeable agent. Enjoy your day!

Jul 16, 2020 03:41 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

That's true about the diversity of options, Grant Schneider ! There are a lot of things to consider here.

Thank you Wayne Martin . My phone lines are open! Ha.

Jul 16, 2020 04:56 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 16, 2020 07:24 AM #8
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I were ever to purchase land or property in Montana, I would be well prepared because I have read your posts!

Jul 16, 2020 07:34 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for commenting, Roy Kelley .

Brian England - Preparation is key, they say!

Jul 16, 2020 09:41 AM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Kat Palmiotti - By building your own home, you went through a lot of this already making you the perfect person to discuss this with prospective land buyers. The questions you raised right here shows that you know what the concerns are.  

Jul 16, 2020 11:07 AM #11
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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You always give us such great information - and this is no exception! I am so glad you have settled in so well to your new home state! 

Jul 16, 2020 11:10 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I do have a lot of information about the building process! I appreciate your comment.

Lise Howe - Thank you! I am happy to be here also, and I'm feeling settled!

Jul 16, 2020 11:12 AM #13
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Lise Howe
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Kat Palmiotti - that is awesome - I admire your courage to pick up and head off to such a different part of the world and get your business up and running again so quickly! 

Jul 16, 2020 11:14 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Lise Howe ! If I stick around the house, my husband will have me outside building stuff or moving rocks. haha.

Jul 16, 2020 11:23 AM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kat Palmiotti - Something I remember when I visited you was how different things look in the dark where you're trying to find someone's house after the sun goes down when they live out in the sticks far enough away from the city or Main Street. As you know, my GPS was more confused than me!

Jul 17, 2020 05:53 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

You made it though, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ! This time of year is great because it's still light out at 10pm! 

Jul 17, 2020 06:05 AM #17
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kat Palmiotti - I did not know that. I'll bet it's great to still have light at 10 p.m. this time of year. I'm impressed!!!

Yes! I made it thanks to you. Your guidance is great!

Jul 17, 2020 06:12 AM #18
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Kat,  You would be the agent I would go to for sure if I was looking for lant in Montana

Jul 17, 2020 06:25 AM #19
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I do enjoy selling land as for the most part I feel it is easier but takes longer. You do have to be careful in my neck of the woods because the county will tell you a variety of things on the phone or at the counter at their offices. It depends on who is working the desk and their interpretation of a ordinance. I always have the buyer come with me to the county. That is just a practice that works me doing feasibility studies...

Have a awesome Montana weekend Kat Palmiotti 

Jul 17, 2020 07:18 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Will Hamm - so.... would you like to buy some land in Montana?

That's a great idea about bringing the buyer along so they hear what you hear, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - especially if the answers change! Enjoy your day!

Jul 17, 2020 09:21 AM #21
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Kat as the Los Angeles Land King:)) I must admit this post applies even in my market:)Endre

Jul 21, 2020 09:53 PM #22
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Endre Barath, Jr. 

Thank you for your agreement, Los Angeles Land King! I appreciate it!

 

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