Selling Your Home In The Fall & Winter

As Fall sets in and the leaves begin to change, fireplaces are lit and many sellers believe their homes won’t sell in these cooler seasons. This is not the truth!

Some Things To Consider Before Pulling Your Home Off The Market In The Fall and Winter.

Fewer Competitors – Because of the common myth that homes don’t sell this time of year you will have less competition to worry about.

Emotional Connections – We all know Holiday cheer pulls at our heart strings and this is the perfect time to properly stage your home to be warm & inviting. Festive dining rooms, Christmas lights and glowing fireplaces make it easy for potential buyers to imagine their family happily in your home.

Fewer “Window Shoppers” – During the warm sunny days of summer many prospects are simply looking, but are not serious about buying anytime soon. Staying competitive in the Fall & Winter keeps your property available for those serious buyers who are looking to relocate, kick off the New Year in a new home and benefit from quicker real estate transactions. Fall & Winter real estate markets typically see fewer transactions meaning inspectors, mortgage lenders etc have more time to help you close your home sale!

With Halloween kicking off the Holiday Season we want to make sure you are ready for a spooktacular time!

The History Of Halloween
Halloween or All Hallows Eve has long been celebrated as a time when the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead roamed together. People would light bonfires and disguise themselves in costumes to hide from visiting ghosts. Over time, Halloween as we now know it, has transformed into a family friendly community event with games and trick-or-treating.

More About The History Of Halloween

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Montana Haunted Road Trip 

Montana Hauted

The best way to start a haunted road trip is definitely visiting Montana’s most haunted buildings. Luckily, Montana happens to be full of haunted places, from our oldest mansions and hotels to our deserted mining towns.

Click here or the map above for more details about these spooky destinations.

Get Ready For Party Times!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall: It’s time to get ready for party times!

The lazy days of summer are gone. There’s a new crisp nip in the air and time for a new season. As the leaves begin to fall and crunch under foot and the days get shorter, that means one thing—indoor social time with friends. Often times, friend gathering happens on short notice. But even though there may be little time to really “do it up,” you always want to be prepared.

Here are a few “short notice” delicious and decorating ideas to make and share with friends that give the appearance of preparation. Look awesome with very little prep time. That’s the trick!

COCKTAILS. These delicious cocktails are just plain fun and easy to create.

During the fall, apples are plentiful at farms and Farmer’s Markets. Check out the Missoula Farmer’s Market for fresh, crisp apples and fresh pressed apple cider. Then make these delicious…

Apple Cider Mimosas

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 1 bottle champagne

Directions:

On a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.

Pecan Pie Bourbon Shake

Check out the Jug Tree in Bigfork for a wide array of bourbons.

Ingredients

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecan pie

Directions:

In a blender, combine vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon, and chopped pecan pie. Blend until desired consistency. (Add more ice cream if mixture is too thin, more milk if it’s too thick). Pour into glass and garnish with crumbled pecan pie.

For Beer Lovers

From the Flathead Brewery in Missoula, Bigfork and Woods Bay, try the Brewer’ Sour Series…brewed with wild yeast strains and bacteria that create a genuinely unique and crisp flavor profile.

DÉCOR. Bring in the fall with a little glitter, glue and candles. You’ll set just the right festive ambiance.

Apple Candles Holders

Choose green apples and core out just enough out of the top to hold a taper or votive candles. Line up on a silver tray for even more dazzle.

Sparkling Pumpkins

Spray pumpkins white. Use spray glue and spray the bottom and/or top of each one. Dip in glitter. Voila!

SNACKS. No need for chips and dip. These easy treats are table ready and not at all tricky!

For the freshest ingredients, organic too, head to the Missoula Good Food Store. And try locally made feta at Flathead Lake Cheese in Polson.

Greek Gyro Skewers

Easy to make, serve and eat…on a toothpick! Skewer sliced English cucumbers, chunky feta cheese, pitted Kalmata olives and halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle the assembled skewers with olive oil and sprinkle ground pepper over them. Pair with a sparkling wine like NV Pizzini Prosecco from the King Valley in Australia. Easy!

Not Just Brie

Warm a round of Brie and ladle any hearty jam or chutney over it. Serve with crackers or pita points.

This one is always a party pleaser!

Bring back your youth with…

Popcorn Mixins’ (one is never too young to love popcorn)?

Margarita Popcorn

Pop Popcorn. Mix in a pinch of salt and chili powder, a tablespoon of lime zest and toss in a little cilantro for fun and color.

Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

Pop Popcorn. Mix with melted butter, olive oil and sea salt, add garlic, fresh rosemary and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Give it a toss. Warm and soothing.

Wasabi Ginger Popcorn

Pop Popcorn. Mix 3 tablespoons of oil, freeze-dried wasabi powder, ground ginger and salt.

Drizzle over warm popcorn and toss well to coat. For color, toss in some dried wasabi peas. Spicy!

The guests are arriving and you’re ready for fun and fall. Boom!

Photo from exclusive listing 5492 West Fork Rd Darby, Montana

It’s Tamarack Time in Bigfork

Warning: This blog may compel you to experience a gastronomical delight!

It’s Tamarack Time in Bigfork and as the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to crunch under foot, Northwestern Montanans turn their thoughts to food! In Bigfork, the little village on the bay, that means bringing out the chefs and gourmands who cook and bake up their best recipes all the way from Peggy’s Pumpkin Fudge to Denise’s Pumpkin Chili and everything in between. There‘ll be about 200 different dishes in 14 categories. From appetizers to main dishes and pies to pickles, it’s like an old fashioned harvest festival, a county fair and a friendly food competition all wrapped up in one big eating extravaganza that promises to be (as it always has been) a gastronomical delight.

Each category will receive awards for the tastiest entries but the best part is that the tasting is open to anyone who shows up and pays $5 (children under 5 are free). With that, you can sample any and all of the entries to your heart’s content. The proceeds go to help support Bigfork, an unincorporated community that functions through a dedicated group of citizens who continually volunteer their time and resources

“This will be the 28th year for Tamarack Time Food Festival, originally the brain child of the late Elna and George Darrow who spearheaded it to create a sense of community among the local residents and a way to celebrate our beautiful falls in Bigfork,” says Gretchen Gates, owner of Eva Gates Fudge.

Tamarack Time is family-friendly with pumpkin carving, hay bales, free apple pressing (bring your own ½ bushel or more and a container), live music, all-day specials at the Bigfork Merchants and every kind of fall fun imaginable. Plus, it’s a great photo op for friends and family.

The tasting begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 and it’s all located all up and down Electric Avenue in Bigfork Village. Eat, play and have a ton of fun, then stick around for the Oktoberfest celebration at the Garden Bar where you can get free beer and brats (if you can possibly eat any more) for Customer Appreciation starting at 2pm. For more information visit the Bigfork Chamber site.

We’ll see you there, Saturday, October 8th in Bigfork on Electric Avenue. Who doesn’t love the comfort foods of fall, right?

A little homage to fall in Northwestern Montana:

For those of you who don’t know about Tamaracks. They are tree native to Canada but spread down to the northern US. The name “tamarack” comes from the Algonquian word meaning “wood used for snowshoes.” What is unique about the Tamarack is that it is a deciduous “evergreen.” In the fall, the needles turn a bright color of deep yellow and bronze and then drop before winter, but not before exploding into a glorious vista across the mountains and valleys of western Montana, particularly in the Flathead Valley. A fall drive to see the Tamaracks is surely worth it!

Photo from available property 68 Rivers Bigfork, Montana