Montana real estate prices fall for third straight year

WASHINGTON — Montana real-estate prices fell for a third straight season in January, with the average price of a single-family home in the state falling $100,000 to $3,097, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The median price of single-families in the western half of the state was $2,934 in January.

The median price for single- and multi-family homes in the rest of the area was $1,961.

The median prices for single homes in all counties in Montana were $3.79 million, the Census Bureau said.

The average for Montana counties was $3.,849, the bureau said.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has called for Montana to halt all new land-use plans unless the state implements a moratorium on land use.

The state’s Republican governor, Steve Bullock, has defended the state’s record of development, saying his administration has made significant progress.

Bullock has said the state has taken steps to mitigate the impact of climate change, which has led to record-high temperatures and floods.