I was browsing housing prices in Montana for reasons that will not be disclosed, and I was shocked at what I was seeing. My current real estate is in Central Illinois so that is what I currently compare against, but in the past I have owned homes in Houston, Dallas, an hour north of Indy and the Central Valley of California. In this particular case, I was looking at home prices outside of Bozeman. All 1500 sq ft houses were basically listed over $300k. I have double the square footage in IL for that price. There is an 892 sq ft shack listed for $200k! Montana isn't exactly overrun with residents, so what is driving real estate there? Lack of land to build on (aka, the govt owns all of it)? Expensive labor to build there? Outdoor paradise driving up the value? Access to National Parks? @GRG55 I think this is your neck of the woods? Blew my mind.