Record Sales in Flathead County

Through October there were 1,617 sales, which is up 14.8 percent from the 1,408 sales at this time last year. This is the highest number of residential sales that has ever occurred in the first 10 months. The previous high was  1,568 sales in the first 10 months of 2006.  At the current rate of sales, it is likely that 2017 will set a new high in Flathead County with year end sales of more than  1,900.

Mortgage interest rates continue to be about the same as they were last month. The current average 15-year rate at around 3.27 percent, compared to 2.8 percent at this time a year ago. The average 30-year rate at around 3.94 percent compared to 3.5 percent in November of 2016.

In the first nine months, 50.9 percent of residential sales were on small urban or suburban lots, 22.7 percent were on half-acre to three-acre lots and 14.9 percent were on three- to 20-acre tracts.   

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An Equestrian’s Dream? Wilderness Retreat? School? Endless Potential! (VIDEO)

Formerly a 120 acre dressage horse property, that has all the capabilities to be a school facility, wilderness retreat or equestrians dream. Boasting a 27,000+ sq ft full indoor equestrian center, outdoor equestrian arena , 7 stall horse barn, 15+ person cedar sauna, volleyball, basketball & more.

 

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26 Aspen Lane has served as a private boarding high school which hosted up to 85 students at any given time. The campus grounds offer a tremendous variety of activities ranging from theater, painting, drawing, organic gardening, horseback riding lessons, sewing, and animal husbandry. In order for the school to offer such extensive opportunities, there are numerous  facilities, including an indoor and outdoor riding arena and a beautifully appointed theatre with high tech lighting and sound boards. Still, the grounds have retained their natural beauty and remain relatively untouched, opening the potential for future development in any number of ways.

This incredible property offers multiple possibilities with endless potential. With over 40,000 sq ft of finished space including a main residence with 3 bed 2.5 baths, two 2 bed 1 bath duplexes , a 3 bed 2 bath home, 6 guest quarter residences easily accommodating 70+ people, an 8900+ ft main lodge with full commercial kitchen and dish room.

26 Aspen Ln , Heron, MT 59844

An incredible heated 2000 sq ft green house, 2000 sq ft wood shop, and multiple other buildings with untold potential. 6 ponds across these amazing parked out grounds with a private septic system and 3 wells.

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As the property’s multiple buildings are connected by pathways winding throughout 120 acres, walking to each facility is peaceful and calming. There are several ponds to relax beside and a lush Meditation Garden beyond stone pillars with cascading waters to soothe passersby. The one spot which I will always remember is standing outside the Main Lodge, looking out across the property’s expansive grounds with the bold Cabinet Mountains standing in the distance. At dusk, the mountains change colors from soft yellow to vivid shades of orange and violet as the sun’s glow bids the day farewell. It is truly a magical place – a piece of land which will forever hold a piece of my own heart.

 

Property marketed exclusively by Crystal Ault 406.529.6264, cault@glaciersir.com

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Tips To Make Your Home Brighter – Steve Asbell

Dreading the end of Daylight Saving Time? Trick your way into a brighter space — even when the natural light prospects are dim.

Whether you live in a large home with a dark interior or a small apartment with only one window, follow these tips to bring in more sunshine — or at least make it look that way.

Paint it light and bright

Colors and values are nothing more than the light that reaches our eyes after bouncing off objects.

The amazing thing about white is that it reflects most of the light that hits its surface, creating the illusion of light. Case in point: that glowing ball in the sky we call the moon.

Paint colors that are saturated yet light in value create a similar effect, while lending their own distinctive personalities to a space.

(5,100 sq ft home on 1 acre | Clinton, MT |$675,000)

Keep the contrast

A kitchen with white cabinets, countertops, walls and backsplashes is about as bright as it gets, yet the lack of variety can leave the overall effect a bit dull.

To keep things interesting, introduce contrast. Choose accessories, cookware and decorations in your favorite color, or even decide on an entire palette.

Sneak in some style and personality with a colorful mosaic backsplash, or add drama to the scene with dark furniture, picture frames or patterns.

(3,475 sq ft cheerful home 1.5 acres | Whitefish, MT | $599,000)

Strategically place mirrors

Mirrors cannot make a room look brighter on their own, though there is some truth to the mirror myth, since they’re excellent at reflecting natural light in rooms that already receive it.

Don’t expect to get the same effect in dim hallways and bathrooms, though, since it does no good to duplicate a dim view. So, go ahead — replace those huge panels of mirrored glass in your bathroom with more attractive framed mirrors. You won’t miss out after all.

Install new windows

Yes, installing an entire window or two is the nuclear option, but if your home is so dim that you’re forced to keep the lights on all day, then it could be taking a toll on your utility bills — or even your mental well-being!

This isn’t a decision to take lightly (no pun intended), so talk to a contractor to discuss options and pricing before you break out that sledgehammer. You might be better off installing a skylight or light tubes.

(2,651 sq ft custom home near Ashely Lake | Kila, MT | $539,000)

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4 Signs It’s The Time To Sell – Dave Ramsey

Not sure when to sell your house? If you’ve been on the fence, we’ve got good news: It’s a great market for sellers! Limited inventory continues to drive home prices up, and the latest data from the National Association of Realtors shows that half of recently sold properties were on the market for just 39 days.

Of course, the decision of when to sell your home isn’t solely based on market conditions. You have to take your personal situation into account.

You’re Out of Debt With Cash in the Bank

If you didn’t have all your financial ducks in a row your first time around the home-buying block, you probably learned a few things the hard way. Like the fact that Murphy can smell broke from miles away. If it can go wrong, it will! Put those lessons to good use and be a money-smart home buyer the next go-round!

Start by taking a hard look at your finances. If you’ve paid off all your nonmortgage debt and have three to six months of expenses in your emergency fund, that’s a good sign you’re financially mature enough to purchase a home again.

You’ve Got Equity on Your Side

When the housing bubble burst, home values plummeted, sending many mortgages underwater. Thankfully, the tide has turned: According to CoreLogic, only 8% of homes with a mortgage had negative equity at the beginning of 2016. If you’re not sure where your equity stands, ask an experienced real estate agent to run a free comparative market analysis (CMA) to determine an approximate value for your home.

Your Home No Longer Fits Your Lifestyle

Another factor to consider is how well your home meets your everyday needs. Perhaps you could use another bedroom (or even two) to accommodate your growing family. Or maybe your kids have all moved out and you’re ready to downsize.

You Can Actually Afford the Move

Don’t get so carried away by the excitement of your next home that you forget to account for the cost of leaving your current one. Make sure you are financially ready to buy a home and know exactly how much you can spend on a house. Hiring professional movers? Save up cash to cover the cost of packing up and hauling your stuff away.

You should also invest a little to get your current place ready for prime time. Linda recommends focusing your home-improvement dollars on these areas:

  • Paint
  • Curb appeal
  • Kitchen and bath

To find out more contact one of our real estate agents today!

See full “4 Signs Now’s the Right Time to Sell Your Home” article by Dave Ramsey here.

Haunted Places in Montana (Video)

From phantom hikers walking the halls of the Sperry Chalet (tragically lost in the 2017 wildfires) to Bannock Ghost Town which has been abandoned since the 1970’s . This Speakeasy video shares the 10 Most Haunted Places in Montana.

It is the season of ghost stories and unexplained activity. Other notable Montana mysteries include:

Carroll College, Arlee High School, Chico Hot Springs, Virginia City & Garnet Ghost Town.

Cancer Has Many Faces – Masquerade Ball & Bachelor/ette Auction

This is an event that you DON’T want to miss! Join Flathead Cancer Aid Services and Monarchs on a Mission for a night of dinner, dancing and fun.  Come dressed in your most glamorous attire – this is a night to go all out! A delicious catered dinner will be served and afterwards, the New Wave Time Trippers will turn up the tunes.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the Bachelor/ette Auction.  Local, Flathead Valley singles will be up for grabs in a fun auction-style showcase.  Each package will include an exciting, themed date.

Follow  us on FACEBOOK for updates about the event and more information about our Bachelors and Bachelorettes!”

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Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Parkside Credit Union – Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls

Conrad Floral and J Scott Couture Bridal – Bigfork

More details & pictures of past events & FLATHEAD CANCER AID SERVICES can be found here.

Elegant Living In Wood Ridge

“We escaped the big city life 11 years ago & found this delightful neighborhood nestled in the forest, but in close proximity to all of the villages. We took existing plans and adapted them to suit our needs.”

 

119 Wood Ridge Dr, Columbia Falls, MT

Elegant living in a rural, country setting is what brought the current homeowners to Columbia Falls, Montana. This property provides both privacy and luxury in a serene, peaceful setting. This one-of-a-kind, 3890 sq. ft. custom-built home sits on 1.2 acres in the exclusive Wood Ridge subdivision. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a wine cellar, sauna, office, game room, and a two car garage.

“We love the spacious, easy flow to the floor plan & there are windows everywhere to let in light. We have celebrated many wonderful occasions in the wine cellar. In fact it is known in our neighborhood as a hot spot for wine parties!”

Special features include surround sound throughout, radiant floor heating throughout (including garage), custom tile floors, and granite counters. When we asked the current owners what they will remember most about this exquisite property they said, “the deep silence in the winter and the continuous parade of wildlife viewed from our many windows. Truly the people who live here are the best! We have developed more than a few very close relationships with our neighbors and know we can count on them.”

For more details about this custom home please contact listing agent Sonja Burgard at 406.871.0372, sburgard@glaciersir.com  or click here.

An Instant Feeling of Warmth & Relaxation

My husband and I purchased the log home in Libby in the fall of 2006, and took possession on January 1, 2007.  From the first time we walked into the home there was a feeling we could not describe.  The homes interior, exterior and amazing array of wildlife spoke to both of us.  This was not just a house, but a home in which there was an instant feeling of warmth and relaxation. 

My entire family came from Canada and helped with the move, and stayed with us the entire week.  From that day forward the home has been used as residence/retreat, for my husband and I, our immediate family, our extended family and of course our friends.  We have had as few as just the two of us, or as many as 15 people stay, play, and bond.  Our home, has been the center for many functions, such as residence, get togethers for skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, quilting retreats, skidoo retreats, motorbike retreats, festivals, and the list goes on and on. 

 

54 Shalom Kerry Rd, Whitefish, MT | Offered at $645,000

The home was renovated and designed in such a way that it allows all this to be possible.  From the incredible kitchen which allows many hands to help in the creation of amazing meals, to the multiple bedrooms/bathrooms to accommodate all our family and friends, we have created an environment where gathering is made effortless and enjoyable.

 

We have had the most amazing memories that could never be recreated , but will be cherished and remembered for a lifetime.

Read more about this property offered exclusively by Kristin Zuckerman, 406.291.0778, kzuckerman@glaciersir.com

Impacting Young Lives (Daily Interlake)

Bell and Medhus’ new undertaking — Marlyn’s Center for Children & Families — is the embodiment of everything they learned about early childhood education when they took classes from Marlyn James at Flathead Valley Community College. From the layout of the preschool and infant rooms to the teaching concepts that guide their way, James’ influence and inspiration lives on at the new center.

She designed and wrote the curriculum to start FVCC’s early childhood education program and helped facilitate the idea of an early childhood center on campus. When James died unexpectedly in June 2016 from complications following brain surgery, she was eulogized as an incredible mentor who pulled the very best out of her students.

Bell and Medhus studied under James at different times, and both earned associate degrees from FVCC. They took different paths until they found themselves working together at The Nurturing Center last year.

“Marlyn planted the seed in my head I should open a facility,” Bell said.

A former cosmetologist, Bell, 28, decided to change careers after the death of a close friend. As she began contemplating what she might study, her dozen nieces and nephews influenced her decision to become a kindergarten teacher. She got a job at Woodland Montessori, then enrolled at FVCC, and through a serendipitous class mix-up got routed to James’ class.

“I ended up talking to Marlyn and she said ‘let’s have a conversation,’” Bell recalled. “She suggested I take her classes, and from that initial conversation she started inspiring me.

“She made me change my perspective, to realize how important the early years are.”

Bell worked at the Montessori school and Joyful Noise in Columbia Falls during her time at FVCC, giving her hands-on experience in care-giving.

Medhus, 28, started working at Trinity Lutheran School’s after-school program when he was just 17. After earning his degree from FVCC he went on to get his early childhood education degree from the University of Montana-Western.

“Marlyn’s influence in my life was huge,” he said. “She definitely motivated me. It transformed me into a different teacher.”

He worked with James as an adjunct instructor at FVCC for four semesters.

During their time as professional development specialists at The Nurturing Center in Kalispell, Bell and Medhus realized their early childhood education philosophies were similar; and both saw the need for quality care in the Flathead Valley.

As the two business partners tossed out ideas for a new center, they recalled conversations they’d had with their mentor. They reviewed old notes jotted down in her classes. Then they got in touch with James’ husband, Chuck James. “We wanted his blessing,” Bell added.

Chuck immediately was on board with the project. He built a sandbox, made cubbies for the children and donated toys and books.

“I think it’s really cool that she’s continuing to impact young people’s lives in a positive manner,” Chuck said. “They’re carrying on her legacy.”

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A Unique Gem In The Heart of The Bitterroot

A home always tells a story, and this one speaks of authenticity and transcendence with Cocobolo wood and imported stone throughout. Rooms of opulence invoke a serene feeling with a massive 37×27 grand entry with stunning archways and magnificent windows providing views of the Bitterroot Mountains from every room. 

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859 Hamilton Heights Road, Corvallis, MT

This 9,000 SF home sitting on 11+ private acres features beautiful landscaping and a stocked pond. The property is fenced with a large barn and tack room, so bring your horses! 

6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, copper roof , marble floors, custom cabinets & a kitchen you will love to cook for family and friends in. The spacious circular style, eat-in kitchen with stainless, top of the line appliances and windows featuring 180 degree views is perfect for entertaining. 

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Master

The impressive master suite features marble floors, floor to ceiling marble fireplace, vaulted ceilings and spacious bath with jetted soaking tub and walk in shower. Unique characteristics are found throughout this property including custom ironwork on the doors, multiple stone fireplaces and a 3rd floor cat walk overlooking the main floor living space. This property flows nicely to the outdoor living space through multiple patios and the lower level walk out.

Fireplace

Incredible hot tub 

Energy efficient, this home features a ground source heating system and multiple zone heating and cooling. There is plenty of room for guests on the 3 finished levels of living space or in the detached guest suite located on the property.

garage

Night shot

Corvallis, Montana is the heart of the Bitterroot Valley and is only 45 miles from Missoula, it is also home to the Teller Wildlife Refuge.

For more stunning images of this incredible estate click here, contact Dawn Maddux 406.550.4131 of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty for more information and be sure to click the video below for the full preview of this extraordinary property.

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