Real Estate Market Trends

Comprehensive snapshots of Flathead County home sales, by city, past 12 months

By Richard Dews

As I did once before, I am including for the online graphic a comprehensive series of charts (see below) of the past 12 months of single-family residence sales quantities and median speeds (listing to contract, contract to close), for cities across the Flathead. I am also including a summary of whole-county numbers for the past three months, to showcase the most recent behavior.

You will have only one chart on the print version, but online you can click on the graphic and see detailed city-specific charts (and one three-month county summary).

Starting with Kalispell: the most sales are within the $250,000-$299,999 range, stair-stepping downward in quantity from there. Pace of going under contract rises almost straight-line 15-90 days across the ranges, until it starts falling quickly again above $450,000. Whitefish homes were snapped up in less than 30 days for many ranges, with one spiking at a still-quick 105 days. Columbia Falls went quickly for all but highest range. Bigfork showed over half of ranges 30 days or less. Lakeside varied. Polson inverted, with lower-priced taking longer.

County-wide, past three months: two-thirds of ranges contracted in under 30 days. When they’re hot, they’re hot.

*Editor’s note: The graphic below cycles through multiple charts on a continual loop. Each graph is displayed for 10 seconds before switching to the next one.