For more than 12 years, I have been selling real estate in the type of place you might recognize from picture post cards.Â The Seeley Swan Valley has the "Big Four" of Natural Beauty - forest, lakes, rivers, and mountains
- offering year-round recreational opportunities.Â Every year,
thousands of tourists and part-time residents flock into the area to
enjoy camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and skiing.
Discovered in 1861 by the Seeley brothers, the Seeley Swan Valley is
about 55 miles northeast of Missoula, the second most populous city in
Montana.Â It lies between the Swan and Mission Mountains and is
dominated by small towns such as Seeley Lake, Condon, Ovando, and
Potomac - all of which lie along State Route 83 that bisects the
valley.Â Though the area has plenty to do all year, summer is most
popular with tourists, so the town population temporarily swells.Â
Tourism plays a major part in the economy of the area, and year-round
residents ranch the land or work in forestry.Â
The fluctuating population and the many recreational attractions in
the area make an interesting challenge for a real estate agent.Â Many
potential home buyers want second homes or rental property.Â This means
that incentives like the first time buyers' credit have not had much impact here, as most buyers already own elsewhere.Â The repeat buyers' credit
has more potential to impact the area, but only if buyers fall in love
with this part of Montana, as I did a dozen years ago, and want to
become permanent residents.
So how do I approach selling real estate in the Seeley Swan Valley?
First, while the biggest part of my market is second homes, I never
give up on the potential of the region to attract more permanent
residents.Â For this reason, I promote the many benefits the Valley has to offer homeowners.
I also offer top notch service.Â Because many buyers are not local,
I do much of my business online and through phone and fax.Â Before
that, however, I know potential buyers come to my website, which I am
constantly improving. My site offers the newest listings from the
Missoula County MLS with best search tools available to buyers plus a convenient assessment for home values for sellers.
Are you interested in exploring the potential of the Seeley Swan Valley for your primary or secondary home?Â Visit me, Kim Koppen, at Great Bear Properties today!