Why Kat is focused on land

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Once a year while growing up, Kat’s parents would take out the brown boxes and make sure each girl had their marching orders. “You can only bring what can fit in that box.” So off they’d go to stuff clothes, books and other items in their box. Then the family would pack up the vehicle and head off on their annual two week camping trip.

Why Kat is focused on land photo of kat and her sisters
Memories of nature

Those trips were the source of lifetime memories. Watching a moose swim across a still lake in Algonquin Park in Canada first thing in the morning. Feeding left-over birthday cake to horses wandering in a field. Finding out what happens when you play with the roof of a canvas tent in pouring rain. Listening to the sounds of the forest before anyone else wakes up. Taking turns getting water, cleaning up after dinner, and gathering firewood, but mostly the memories surrounded the forest.


On a regular basis, Kat’s family would head off on a trail into the woods, armed with Audubon field guides. Upon finding a new tree, flower or bird, the books would come out and the family would figure out what they were seeing. They’d spend hours exploring, jumping into nearby lakes, walking through streams and simply marveling at all nature offers.


And even when Kat was at home, with a backyard edged by woods, Kat and her sisters would spend hours climbing trees, exploring, rigging fishing poles out of branches, twine and safety pins, digging up worms, and heading to the pond to catch sunnies. Kat is grateful to her parents for introducing her to a lifelong love of the outdoors.  


Her love affair with the outdoors continues

Today, years later, Kat is elated to be living in a home that is nestled in a forest in Northwest Montana. Not a day passes where she doesn’t spend time outdoors, no matter the weather. She might be found gathering firewood to throw in the wood stove, tending her garden in the summer, hiking up a nearby mountain or just sitting on a bench listening to the sounds of nature.


And the season doesn’t matter. In the winter, she finds pleasure in looking for signs of animals and walking through the very quiet and peaceful woods as snow is falling. In the Spring, she’s can be found hunting for morel mushrooms or listening to bird chatter. Summertime is for vegetable gardening, eating outside, and soaking up the sun. And Autumn is the time to watch for wildlife.  


Helping Land Sellers and Buyers

Why Kat is focused on land photo of hiking bootsSo when Kat was considering which part of real estate she would like to primarily focus on, the answer was obvious. Rural land. The kind of land you need to wear hiking boots to fully explore. Land where you might get to the top of a hill and stop, in awe of the view you just found. And land where there might be multiple places to put a home. Where deer and elk still roam. Where homeowners can have privacy and the opportunity for self-sufficiency or walk out their door into the woods to hike, hunt, or just explore.


So Kat can often be found previewing land for out of town buyers, sending photos and videos so they can get a better idea of what type of possibilities abound. Or she might be walking a 20 acre parcel for an out of town seller who is considering putting his land on the market. Or she might just be waiting for your call!  


Originally published at thehousekat.com.

Comments (55)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Congrats on the well deserved feature Kat!

I LOVED this post. I felt like I was living the adventure with childhood you!

If I were looking for land, YOU are the professional I would want helping me!

Dec 30, 2020 07:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Kat Palmiotti ,

I love this post and so glad to see it featured! I can see why you are fascinated with land and why you have found your calling and success. Love the boots..exactly what you need to be walking the parcels of land!

Dec 30, 2020 10:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Sharon Tara - You are too kind!

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - Haha, those boots are great. I have winter ones too but they're a little clunkier!

Dec 30, 2020 11:47 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I like doing New Construction, starting with picking out their Lot location .

Dec 30, 2020 11:47 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

When we were kids we played in the meadow and the forest - building forts, picking huckleberries, and wandering. One thing I never did learn, however, was how to spot the morels. I remember my Dad saying "Look right there - by your toe."

We're getting some serious snow today in N. Idaho - is it falling there too?


Dec 30, 2020 09:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Kat. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2020 06:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Michael J. Perry - That's good too, but what it so interesting to me are the custom builds on mountain property. Ahhh.

Good morning Marte Cliff ! It's still dark so I'm not sure what fell last night, but I think it was a few inches. Not too much!

Thank you Roy Kelley - I am! I hope you are too.

Dec 31, 2020 06:38 AM
Marte Cliff

I took a ruler with me when I went out to clean the snow from the satellite dish - 9 1/2 inches yesterday/last night - and moer coming down. This is our first "real" snow of the season.

Dec 31, 2020 08:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Marte Cliff - After shoveling the driveway, I'm going to say we got about 4" overnight. So you're more wintry than we are!

Dec 31, 2020 09:50 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Hey Mountain KAT!  people love stories and yours is a wonderful chapter in life.  Land broker niche..good for you.  Suggest you look into ALC certification and mentor with other land brokers across the nation.  Reach out to  Larry Story in NC -- Happy New Year Kat Palmiotti 😎  congrats on the feature

Dec 31, 2020 08:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Eileen Burns - Thank you for the tip! I will definitely look into that.

And thank you for the reblog!

Dec 31, 2020 09:51 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kat. I loved reading this. What wonderful parents you had who gave you the gift of nature.

Dec 31, 2020 12:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Such a great story about your camping as a kid. I'm so glad that you are happy in Kalispell! 

Dec 31, 2020 01:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think so also, Lise Howe .. And I don't think either of them grew up with much time in nature - so that's probably something they did on purpose for us.

Thank you Lyn Sims - I truly am!

Jan 01, 2021 05:17 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Kat, I am glad you shared this.   It is always nice to know Realtors that love working on land transactions.   You certainly have some beautiful property in your area. 

Jan 01, 2021 04:29 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wonderful post! I too love land and love showing and selling it. It is one of our most precious commodities.

Jan 01, 2021 05:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you Sondra Meyer: - We sure do!

It is, Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - Luckily where I am, there is still a lot of "untamed" land. Love it!

Jan 01, 2021 05:57 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

It was nice to read your story Kat Palmiotti . They sound like wonderful memories and have carried over throughout your life.  It's amazing how most of us are where we come from and all blend here in the Rain.

Jan 07, 2021 03:02 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You are blessed to have had such a treasured, educational upbringing!  The things you can teach your buyers and sellers!  Congrats on your niche in the real estate market - makes so much sense for you!

Jan 18, 2021 09:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hi Elyse Berman, PA and thank you for your comment. Yes, we all have different starts but wound up in the same place!

Thank you Jan Green - I am definitely blessed to have had the upbringing I did and I am grateful!

Jan 18, 2021 01:17 PM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

LAND,,,they ain't making any more of it... I LOVE LAND!!!!

Mar 04, 2021 03:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Me too Robert!

Apr 11, 2021 02:08 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That, my friend, was a well deserved FEATURE! I have told you before how I started out investing in Vacant land and never lost money...

Mar 08, 2021 05:22 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, thank you! (PS, I'm slow at responding!)

Apr 11, 2021 02:09 PM