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Living & Representing The Montana Lifestyle

“With my mother being an architect, my father a contractor and my grandfather having designed and built several homes in Kalispell and Missoula, I was raised to appreciate everything that goes into a home from the ground up. I love using this knowledge and appreciation to help buyers find their perfect home and help sellers to move onto their next chapter.  “

Tiffany Sherman located in our Bigfork, Montana office, serves the community she grew up in. After attending the University of Montana she moved back to Bigfork and started a family and has pursued her Real Estate aspirations.

“I am very passionate about real estate and enjoy being part of helping people find the perfect fit. The easy access to year-round recreational activities and the people of these communities truly make the Flathead Valley a very special place.”

Tiffany is currently raising her two beautiful daughters to value and live the NW Montana lifestyle.

“It is truly a unique opportunity to live in such a visually stunning place with an abundance of family friendly activities, safe communities, great schools and wonderful people. I couldn’t possibly imagine a better place to raise a family. “

Tiffany is an expert on Flathead Valley living and the extraordinary homes available in the region.  She also regularly volunteers in her community and is a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. With passion for the Montana lifestyle, decades of experience and market expertise she has impressed buyers and sellers alike.

“Home ownership is an accessible and important investment strategy for families. Owning a home is valuable experience because as you are building equity in your investment, you are also building priceless memories.”

Contact Tiffany Sherman today for your complimentary consult.

Tiffany Sherman

406.212.7769

tsherman@glaciersir.com

Featured Listing

5129 Ashley Lake Rd, Kila, MT | Offered at $539,000

Private, custom home, approximately one mile from Ashley Lake. This beautiful home sits on over 14 acres without covenants and boasts a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, log accents, two living rooms, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and lots of storage. Beautiful views out every window of mountains and pastures. The private, parked out acreage is fenced for horses and has a spring fed stream. Learn more…

A Fresh Perspective On Montana’s Most Vibrant City

A native Missoulian and University of Montana graduate; Megan understands Missoula’s unique mosaic of neighborhoods and businesses and presents a fresh perspective. A people person at the core, her dedication and pride in the Missoula community is reflected in her ability to understand client’s needs.

“Missoula, being the biggest city in NW Montana has a vibrancy that is hard to match.  Any day of the week you can find something to do in town (if you aren’t busy playing outside!).  Live music, lectures at UM, new restaurants and coffee shops.  We are also almost equidistant to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and three rivers flow in to our valley.  The recreation is endless!” – Megan Twohig

With Megan’s intimate experience we had to know: what is one thing everyone should do when visiting Missoula?

“Hmmm….one thing to do in Missoula?  Too hard…how about a perfect winter day?  Start the day at one of the awesome coffee shops downtown for your favorite latte and a pastry.  Grab your cross country skis and head to the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area for a day outside.  Head back to town and have a cocktail at Montgomery Distillery and then head across the street for dinner and live music at the Top Hat!”

 

It’s easy to see Megan has a love and appreciation for Missoula, but what made her decide to become a Real Estate Agent?

“I have memories going back to childhood of being really enamored with property… land, homes, buildings etc. In college I started actively following the market and being pretty obsessed. Eventually, I realized I could turn my passion into a career, and here I am!”

 

FEATURED LISTING

1920 Altura , Missoula, MT

Own your own special piece of Rattlesnake history! This property is part of the original homestead in the coveted Upper Rattlesnake and carries with it so many stories. This unique property sits on 5+ acres and includes a mixture pasture for your horses and woods for privacy and exploration. LEARN MORE…

Being a Native Montanan Megan grew up around horses and learned many skills about how to properly care for them and give them the perfect setting to thrive in.

“I started riding in grade school, got my first horse at 15 and have continued to have them since that time.  I competed through high school and then with the Equestrian Team all through college at UM.  I absolutely love when I get to work with client’s buying and selling horse properties!  There are so many important details when it comes to keeping our horses happy and healthy.”

With so much experience and knowledge of the Missoula area we wanted to know what the most memorable experience Megan has had as an Agent so far?

“Most of my memorable experiences in real estate have to do with wildlife!  I was once meeting a client to look at property west of Missoula about 60 miles.  He had ridden his motorcycle to meet me and look at property.  We were headed out to a home on a dirt road when a baby bear ran across the road!  Part of the excitement of living in Montana is you never know what exciting experience you’ll have just by stepping out your front door.”

Megan knows where to find the perfect neighborhood for your new home and can’t wait to help you enjoy the real estate experience. Please contact her today if you are buying or selling in NW Montana.


Megan Twohig

406.370.2895

mtwohig@glaciersir.com

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A Passion For Family, Marketing, Outdoors & Negotiation

A native Montanan and lifelong outdoors man, Kelly Laabs of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty affably shares his passion for the Flathead Valley and all the joy it brings to each family he serves, including his own.  After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration, he combines more than 20 years of proven sales and marketing experience to effectively engage with his clients. I recently got to ask Kelly some questions about what sets him apart as a Real Estate Professional and his ambitions: What do you love most about Montana?

“Most EVERYTHING is incredible about Montana, but I would have to say that it’s the people and the landscape that I’m most drawn to.”

What made you decide to get into real estate?

“Growing up my mother was a broker and my father was a builder so I have been exposed to the industry most of my life.  I have been passionate about architecture and I feel like land and water are our greatest resources. In my mind, there is nothing more romantic than an exceptional recreational ranch. And from a skill set I have always been passionate about marketing, sales, and negotiation so a real estate career has been a great fit. And I have been extremely fortunate to serve many of the clients that I have, as I have truly enjoyed and become great friends with many of them.” 

What are your aspirations? 

“To spend as much time as possible with friends and family, enjoy the activities I’m most passionate about and now that I have a little girl, hopefully introduce and share these things with her. It’s a good life.”

Kelly and his wife are socially active in the community, participating in special events and supporting many good causes around the Valley including CASA, the Tamarack Grief Resource Center, the Samaritan House, and the Watson Children’s Center. What sets you apart as a professional? 

“My fresh, modern approach to marketing. I feel like people want something more compelling than the typical real estate experience. I continually research current market conditions and understanding value has played a key role in my success.  So on a daily basis, that is what I strive for. I believe clients deserve superior service & to enjoy the process.”

As an agent for the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty, Kelly quickly secured his position in the top 1% of the region’s agents.  He also has been recognized as one of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty’s top 3 agents and #1 in sales in Flathead Valley two years in a row. SEARCH KELLY’S CURRENT LISTINGS AND CONTACT HIM TODAY IF YOU ARE BUYING OR SELLING IN NW MONTANA! You can also learn more about Kelly and his listings on his personal website http://www.kellylaabs.com/

The Event At Rebecca Farm – July 19-23, 2017 (Video)

The Event at Rebecca Farm started with a dedicated crew of local eventers who loved the local venue, Herron Park, but knew that more was possible. The inaugural competition in 2002 put Rebecca Farm on the map. It was a huge success with over 150 competitors. In 2004, The Event became a USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) and USEA (United States Eventing Association) recognized Gold Cup Series and a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Cup eventing competition.

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During the first year as a World Cup Qualifier, The Event drew 380 competitors, a 200 rider increase from 2003. By 2009, The Event had well over 500 entries with 421 of those riders competing all four days. 2011 was one of 12 three-star (***) competitions in the U.S. and an important competition for athletes vying to go to the London Olympics in 2012.

Now, The Event runs almost 600 horses over 4 days of competition creating a $4.4 million economic impact to the local area.

International equestrians observe that Rebecca Farm’s unique course—which adorns each jump and obstacle with artistry—stands out among world venues. The beauty of the course has blossomed over the past decade thanks to a dedicated staff, including course builders Bert Wood and Matt Langliers.

U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) President Kevin Baumgardner summed it up when he said, “She is, hands down, the most important person in Eventing in the Western United States and arguably the most important person in Eventing in the entire nation.”

ABOUT REBECCA BROUSSARD

Rebecca Broussard, a visionary in the world of Equestrian Eventing, died on Dec. 24, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer. Friends and family gathered on Christmas to honor her life, while public celebrations of her legacy will be planned at equestrian competitions this summer.

Becky had long talked about her love of helping riders in the West compete on the world stage and her vision included the historic possibilities of bringing riders from Europe to Montana in the future. In 2010 she helped organize an historic flight of 18 horses from the East Coast, including many Olympians, who competed at her namesake Event.

In Becky’s memory, the Broussard family launched The Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant in 2011, offering an unprecedented $250,000 fund through the United States Eventing Association Endowment Trust that will, over the following five years, offer an annual $50,000 training and competition grant to developing riders who are successfully competing at the advanced level. The grant represents the fulfillment of Becky’s desire to help riders achieve the goal of representing the U.S. in international team competition.

“My mom touched the Eventing careers of so many riders,” said her daughter, Sarah Broussard. “She will truly be missed, but she has left behind a legacy that will live on forever. Not only at The Event at Rebecca Farm, but through all of the lives that she has touched that will keep her and her memory alive. 

MeganGlacier Sotheby’s International Realty agent Megan Twohig will have a booth at this years event & be doing a drawing for a Pendleton “Glacier” blanket. Stop in and see her, learn more about our eclectic equestrian and ranch properties & enter to win! Search equestrian, ranch & land properties in Montana.

Click HERE for all event details/schedule and visitors guide!

A.L.E.R.T Air Ambulance – Our Agents Getting Involved

At this years banquet some of our Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty (GSIR) agents & brokers were present at the record breaking event which raised 1.5 million to go toward a new helicopter!

A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance has saved more than 1,487 lives in its 40-year history. It has flown more than 17,000 missions into some of the most rugged terrain on the continent, bringing injured people safely out of what otherwise could be impossible circumstances.

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It’s no wonder the community expresses its gratitude by showing up in force at the annual A.L.E.R.T. Banquet. The benefit for the emergency air transport service is a well established tradition sponsored by the all-volunteer A.L.E.R.T. Advisory Board of Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

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From left to right, Nikki Frizzell (GSIR Realtor), Dr John Van Arendonk, (Director of Medical Operations ALERT), Katie Brown (GSIR Broker), Tom Brown (GSIR Broker), Nikkiel Bjornson Fox (GSIR Realtor) and Tim Fox. 

What happens at the A.L.E.R.T. Banquet?

Typically attracting more than 700 people, the gala event has something for everyone.

A silent auction features donated art, handmade goods, dinner certificates, wines, guided raft trips and many more items demonstrating the community’s generosity toward A.L.E.R.T. A live auction showcases the creativity of further donations. Original art, unique vacation getaway packages, a dinner train ride, antique guns and a year’s car lease have been highlights in recent years. Cash prize drawings add a bit of sizzle throughout the evening.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks during the hosted cocktail hour are followed by a scrumptious dinner, with Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s own Nutrition Services catering all the food.

The evening’s program spotlights A.L.E.R.T.’s services and accomplishments of the past year. Those attending hear the story of a life that was saved or a crisis that was alleviated by the efforts of the crew. The patient and flight crew are guests of honor, on hand to give personal testimony to the impact of the air ambulance service.

The Clyde Smith Award is presented to a member of a local Emergency Medical Service or Quick Response Unit. The recipient is chosen from across northwest Montana for his or her dedication, volunteerism and service toward lifesaving efforts in the community. The award is named in honor of Clyde Smith, who put up his business, Smith Logging, as collateral against the original loan that funded the hospital’s purchase of its own helicopter.

For more information about this event & tickets.

A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT

Recently, one of Amy Stevens out-of-state clients took a moment to write a compelling and heart warming testimonial about his experience with her.  Amy truly sets the bar when it comes to providing exceptional service and makes your Montana real estate journey one to remember.

 

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“You are really awesome. There’s a whole different level of commitment you take on when dealing with out of state clients like me and for the same percentage of purchase price. I can’t believe this is financially prudent for you with the all the time and extras you provide other than you knowing in your heart and head that virtue is it’s own reward. Sort of like teachers. It isn’t the money that lets me sleep at night. It’s knowing that my work and effort brings goodness to others.
I have no doubt you know exactly what you’re in for, long before your out of state client/me understands how much they/I need you….I hope you realize how you’ve made this process -which is categorically one of the most stressful events a family can go through-fun, exciting, and easy, while also ensuring that all the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

 

Our thanks and gratitude will never express the deep respect and appreciation we feel for the care and attention you’ve given us. We will celebrate soon and we do hope you’ll have room in your lives for some new friends. It’ll be easier to have adult time when your kids are a bit older, but until then we want to watch and support gymnastics with you, have some family play time together, and hopefully Brad will have the patience to help me become a legit Montanan when he needs some entertainment!” – Rob Akner
Learn more about Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Professional Amy Stevens here, and start living your Montana dream today!

 

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Enjoy Montana summers to the fullest on this incredible Flathead Lake waterfront setting. Spend a quiet weekend or entertain guests and enjoy the carefree living. Amenities include a boat slip, heated storage, fully equipped fitness center, underground parking and your very own additional 1480 square feet of outdoor living space with a gas fire pit. For more information please contact Amy Stevens at 406-249-6496 or your real estate professional.

 

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Now In Lakeside, Montana

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud and excited to announce the opening of their 6th office in Northwest MT.  Located in Lakeside, at 7191 Hwy 93 S, on the west shore of Flathead Lake, Glacier Sotheby’s new office will offer even greater exposure for our clients and customers looking or living along the west shore; or the lake areas in general.  In conjunction with our office on Electric Ave in Bigfork, our locations in Whitefish and on Whitefish Mtn., along with Missoula, our Realtors are part of the communities that represent this special part of the state.  Their hands on knowledge of living & loving Montana are what make them exceptional representatives for their clients.

The Realtors in the new Lakeside location have that knowledge and a history and love for the area.  Amy Bain Wilson, Barrett McDonald, and Carroll Kenney have strong ties to life on the ‘west shore’, including the charming towns of Somers, Lakeside, & Rollins.  With the office in Bigfork and now Lakeside; both with Katie Brown as Supervising/Managing Broker, we have the Flathead Lake area covered.

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As the daughter of a builder and contractor, Amy understands the real estate profession from the ground up recognizing both its challenges and rewards. In her early 20s, she built a home with her brothers that involved creating a market feasibility study, interpreting demographics, estimating and ordering supplies and building a property from foundation to finish. Today, as a real estate professional, Amy brings those skills and talents to a broad spectrum of discriminating buyers and sellers.

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Barrett is a dedicated professional whose passion for life is evident, whether it’s at work or play! His customer service is second to none, honing his craft while running Tamarack Brewing Company, the Flathead Valley’s number one Brewpub. His 8+ years there introduced him to so many great people; coworkers, locals, and visitors alike, with whom he looks forward to partnering with through his career in real estate

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Carroll Kenney

Carroll, a top Lakeside realtor since 1998, is pleased to be a part of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Lakeside, MT. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Charles Kenney. They moved to the beautiful Proctor Valley in 1997, and in 1998 Carroll joined the real estate community in Lakeside.

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Katie Brown

In 2014, Katie was awarded the Northwest Montana Association Realtor of the Year, an honorable distinction bestowed by highly valued peers. Katie has a love for the Flathead Valley! Naturally,  making it a pleasure and a joy to market and sell property.

 

Learn more about the incredible NW Montana lifestyle here.

“Clean The Fork” – Agents Preserving Their Community

Over the weekend our Bigfork, Montana agents grabbed some trash bags & gloves and headed out into their community to preserve its natural beauty. Hosted by the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce this lasting annual event keeps this charming community tidy and tantalizing.

“The town of Bigfork is a picturesque and charming place. Chosen as “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West”, Bigfork is a unique part of the American West.”

The Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty “Clean The Fork” team included: Shirley Moorman, Tom & Katie Brown, Hilary Shephard, Tiffany Sherman, Jay Wolfe, Alisha May, Nikkiel Bjornson Fox, Nikki Frizzell, & Patrick Hanes.

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“Great to see so many people taking pride in our wonderful, little town.  Happy to help in such a small way” -Katie Brown

“Clean the Fork really brings the whole community together. Every one sees the value and the beauty our town has to offer and it’s great to see everyone working together to keep it that way. ”

– Tiffany Sherman & Hilary Shepherd WorkPlayLiveMT.com

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Women In Real Estate – Making A Difference

Making a positive difference in our communities is the foundation of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty. Last week several of our Real Estate Professionals volunteered their time and construction skills to help Habitat For Humanity of Flathead Valley.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

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Did you know? Historically, women have been involved in real estate almost since its inception in 1794 and its establishment as a legitimate business in the 1840s. 58 percent of all REALTORS® are female. In 1996, women represented the majority of broker licensees for the first time. Source (nar.realtor)

Here is what our Real Estate Professionals had to say:

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“I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, I believe we all must give back to the community we are a part of. What I really enjoy about Habitat for Humanity is that everyone starts out with a small task and through teamwork a much larger task is accomplished. It was great to experience  the first walls of a house go up at the end of the day, walls that took 20 volunteers nailing various boards together to complete. It was a very rewarding experience and I will definitely do it again.” – Maggie Lee

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Ashley

“I’ve always been a hands on person who loves giving back to my community. I grew up in Montana so it’s important for me to share the gift of living here with others. Prior to working at this build site I had bought from the Habitat For Humanity store to help support their awesome cause. One of my favorite moments was when one of the guys running the program told us about a kid who came up to him and was so excited that he was finally getting a home so he wouldn’t have to move anymore and he could play sports and be a part of a team. It made me realize what we are doing is not just providing a house for a family but also stability. I definitely look forward to volunteering with them again.” – Ashley Brunette 

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Sonja“Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity was a truly heartwarming experience. The most rewarding part was working as a team towards the goal of helping a local family realize the dream of homeownership. Giving back in this way, knowing that we helped a family build a better life felt pretty amazing. I will definitely take part in this rewarding opportunity again.” – Sonja Burgard

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The Art Of Real Estate With Tracy Rossi

Though she grew up in Seattle, Real Estate Professional, Tracy Rossi finished high school in Seeley Lake – Montana, and quickly decided she wanted to be an influential part of her community.  At 18, she would go to her local real estate office daily asking if they needed any help.

“After weeks of stopping in they finally said, here is a stack of magazines, envelopes and stamps. Within two days I had everything mailed out, and asked, what’s next?”

It wasn’t long before Tracy became a licensed assistant and was on her way to writing contracts, creating marketing strategies and learning every aspect of the real estate industry.

In 2005, the desire to travel and explore inspired Tracy to move out to California to go to school for interior design. She would still come home to the pristine landscape of Montana every summer and though California proved to be a valuable experience Tracy moved back 3 years later.

“It was the time away that made me truly appreciate the beauty of Montana.” Tracy says.

Why is Montana Real Estate your calling?

“I wanted to be a part of people’s biggest financial decision. I love gaining the trust of a homebuyer & seller so they know I have their best interests in mind and I get to provide them with the best information, and walk them through the entire process. Recently, I worked with a couple who had a bad experience. They had been searching for a house for 18 months, worked through Zillow and other platforms, lost all their earnest money, upwards of $17,000 and then didn’t even get the house! Fortunately, a friend of mine referred them to me and I could tell they needed representation. With today’s technology, we are competing with computers, and I was thrilled to show them the power of having an agent.  Ultimately, I saved them time & money and they ended up closing on a house they love.”

Why did you choose to work with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty?

“The team here felt more intimate and diverse, with a real emphasis on service. There are so many qualified realtors with this company who love their communities. We also have incredible opportunities with Sotheby’s International Realty to showcase Montana real estate all over the world.”

Tracy Listing

Featured Listing – 1290-1292 Birch Point Dr. Whitefish

Arguably one of the best views of Whitefish Lake and Whitefish Mountain Resort through floor to ceiling windows from this Birch Point Drive home, with guest house. Open floor plan with room to entertain, large decks, outdoor fireplace and boat dock.

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What do you love about the Flathead Valley?

“The beauty and closeness of the communities. Each town is so different and there isn’t anywhere else that has this much to offer. We have so many lakes, Glacier National Park, two ski hills and diversity, all in close proximity.

If you could tell a homebuyer or seller one thing what would it be?

“To the seller – trust your agent when they provide you with your comparative market analysis (CMA). We truly do have your best interest at heart. To the homebuyer – be open with your agent about what you are looking for so they show you relevant properties and respect your time.”

Other than helping people achieve their real estate dreams, what are your interests?

I have a goal to get my passport stamped once a year. I’ve always loved traveling and seeing new places and learning about different cultures. I think these experiences help you grow as a person. This also allows me the ability to appreciate my own community and all it has to offer. “

What are words you live by?

“Give top service to everyone because they deserve it.”

Tracy has been involved in marketing and facilitating closings in over $200 million dollars in the Flathead Valley. She has worked every facet of resort real estate sales. She excels in marketing presentation, print, digital and verbal. Her technology skills are exceptional. She has been schooled in interior design and has an artist’s eye and attention to detail for staging and showing homes. She has written hundreds of contracts and knows the real estate document world intimately. There is a lot of detail involved from listing agreements to offers to executed Buy-Sells to inspections to title to closing. Tracy has significant experience at navigating the document world. She is an excellent communicator who understands the importance of how each client prefers to be communicated with. She has a very good sense of priority and expectations and is driven by her own pursuit of excellence. Tracy cares about and gives back to her community through volunteer work.

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Contact Tracy Rossi  at 406.763.6808 or trossi@glaciersir.com

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