Why buy land in Montana? How many other states offer the species of game, the number of fly-fishing rivers, irrigation possibilities, the spectacular views, skiing, close proximity to wonders of the world like the National Parks and numerous other reasons. As travel has gotten easier and infrastructure improvements have made Montana easier to get to there is not another state that offers the diversity of land, game, crops, and views. This is starting to be discovered but we are still in early innings of what is likely to be a good appreciation for buyers of Montana land.
I know of nowhere else in the world where someone can wake up and have the possibilities of hunting, fishing and tremendous views from Mother Nature than Montana. In certain parts of the state you can literally hunt for elk or deer in the morning, fish for trout in mid-day and hunt pheasant or waterfowl in the evening all while having views of majestic mountain ranges. Not many places in the world have the opportunity to do that.
Water is potentially a great investment for the future. Water is abundant in Montana. Trout filled rivers and creeks, irrigated crop grounds and waterfowl filled sloughs. Whether you are a hunter/fisherman, ag guy or just enjoy the sounds of a bubbling brook, water is good to the soul and is the most needed resource for human existence. With the world’s population continuing to expand, water will only become more valuable.
Speaking of population growth, more and more people are trying to escape from the crowds, the traffic, crime, and high city property taxes. Montana is one of the few places where the number of cattle outnumbers the number of humans. A third of the state is federal public land. Much more is state land. There are wilderness areas where you could go w/o seeing another human for weeks on end if you were adventurous enough. As crowds and crimes become more a part of our American life, buying land in Montana will become more and more popular.
Montana is a quiet, small-town living where neighbors rely on and help one another. It goes back to small-town living. Helping during harvest or round-up or when a neighbor just needs a hand, landowners in Montana always are welcoming and helpful. It builds a community of close-knit people that care about each other.
The uniqueness of land in Montana is what lends to this being a good investment. Montana land is varied both in topography, wildlife and cost. Eastern Montana land is very inexpensive, productive and will likely have good appreciation. Western Montana is where you have more mountains, rivers and the coveted bigger game and trout fishing. Both are potentially pretty good investments over the long haul.
Buying land in Montana is a play on continued population growth and more and more tourism. Bozeman is the fastest growing micropolitan area in the US. It is rumored to land a high-tech company in the near future. Big Sky has become the hottest ski resort in the US and is the largest ski resort in skiable acreage. This Bozeman/Big Sky/Yellowstone National Park corridor is likely to continue driving more and more traffic to the Treasure State.
All these reasons are likely why buying land in Montana will continue to be a good investment as long as you have a long enough time horizon. If you are starting the journey of deciding if Montana is for you, please feel free to reach out. We love talking Montana and Montana land!
Buzz Tatom is an Advisor/REALTOR® for Engel & Voelkers in Montana. He specializes in farms and ranches. A ranch owner himself he knows the complications that a buyer or seller will go through and is able to help navigate the complicated process. Give Buzz a call or fill out his contact form and put him to work finding you the right property so you can start building memories with friends and family!