Kalispell Market Report: Land – February 2021
This report covers the residential land market (active listings and sales) in Kalispell Montana as of the end of February 2021. Similar to the housing market, land sales remain strong.
As of early March, there were 67 residential land parcels for sale in the Kalispell area which is a 9% decrease since the last month’s report. Similar to residential listings in the area, land options have decreased over the last few months.
Five or more acres
Of the land currently for sale, slightly more than half of listings include five or more acres. While most of the land in Montana could be considered rural, 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 often not located in a development, but by themselves, and provide privacy and multiple building and use options.
This month, the active properties over five acres range in price from $90K to $6.9M with an average price of ~$1.1M. The listing at the lowest end of the price spectrum is 20 acres of property in southwest Kalispell. The property has beautiful views but no electric service within a mile. The highest priced parcel includes 359.4 acres with views of the Swan mountains, wetlands and all the associated birdlife, and a potential for a 700 unit development.
Price per acre can vary dramatically. The 20 acre parcel described above is $4,500 per acre while the 359 acre plot is ~$19,200. Looking at all the rural parcels for sale, the least expensive price per acre is $3,718 and the most is $227,273 an acre. Now that is a huge difference!
Below five acres
In terms of the listings below five acres, many are located in developments. These parcels currently range in size from .12 of an acre to 4.8 acres and in price from $59,900 to $790,000 with an average price of ~$186K. Many of these come with monthly or annual HOA fees. They are also often covered by CCRs or Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions which define rules for building and living in that area.
The bottom line with land in Kalispell, Montana is that every piece is unique, with different requirements, rules, views, utility options, amenities and of course prices. If you want to purchase land, in addition to knowing what you want to spend, you’ll need to know how you want to use it, what kind of amenities you might like, and what kinds of rules you could live with. That will help you and your real estate professional select the right locations and parcel sizes!
Land listings sold at a very strong rate in 2020. The first few months of 2021 are off to a good start as well. In February, 26 land listings sold which was 53% growth over the previous year and 63% over the previous month. There are currently 39 land deals that are either pending or under contract. Therefore, I believe the strong results should continue through at least the next month or so.
Length of Time to Sell
Land listings typically take longer to sell than home sales. The average days on market for land in 2020 was 7.3 months. In February, the average days on market equalled slightly less than 5 months. The fastest time from listing to sale was three weeks while the longest was more than a year and a half. The takeaway is that land that is priced well for its location, services and amenities can sell quickly.
As mentioned previously, my explanation of the longer timeframe to sell land as opposed to homes has to do with the buyer market. There are fewer buyers who want to start from scratch, buying the land and then waiting for a home to be built. And those buyers who ARE interested in doing so have very particular requirements. It could take a long time to find the right parcel.
Average or median sales prices are meaningless when discussing land sales. The qualities of one lot over another are so different as to make most comparisons moot. That being said, I am including a view of the total dollar value of all land sold per month to provide some kind of comparison to the previous year.
As can be seen in the chart below, 2020 total land sales equalled $52M which was more than double the previous year. In February of 2021, close to $5.3M of land was sold, 54% more than the same time last year and almost double January of 2021. Also of interest, there are currently 39 land parcels under contract with a list price value of nearly $12M. Results for the next few months should remain higher than the same time last year.
In terms of the lowest and highest prices for a land parcel, the lowest price parcel in February sold for around $60K. It was 0.16 of an acre in a subdivision. At the other end of the price range were 164 acres of land with valley and mountain views. This sold for around $1.3M.
The bottom line about prices for land – no matter your budget, you can find options in your price range!
Every piece of land is unique, even those in a development. Views can be dramatically different just moving from one acre to another. I love walking land with clients! If you are interested in selling or buying land, and you want to work with a boot-wearing broker who is ready to find the borders, call me at 406-270-3667. I’d be happy to help!
To see previous land-related market reports, click here.
See below for current land for sale in the Kalispell area: