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Golden Knights Celebrate a Homecoming in Whitefish (Flathead Beacon)

The Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s new franchise set to debut this season, toured the Rocky Mountains last week, introducing the team and some of its players to a prospective fan base.

The road trip was a homecoming of sorts as Bill Foley and Murray Craven celebrated the team’s creation in this corner of Montana, where the franchise was formed in many ways.

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“It feels great to be here,” Foley said last week at a free youth event featuring two Golden Knights players at Stumptown Ice Den. “My vision was to make us the team of the Rockies and we are … We are Montana’s hockey team.”

See Mr. Foley’s Whitefish Lake Estate, currently for sale:

Over the last few years, Foley, the franchise’s owner, developed the finer points of his new professional sports team from his part-time home of Whitefish, where he spends his summer months managing a business empire that includes Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier Restaurant Group and Rock Creek Cattle Company, just a few of his many successful business interests.

Read full story by Dillon Tabish.

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Property video Birds Eye of Bigsky.

 

Shop Talk With Sonja Burgard

“BECAUSE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY JOB, I OFTEN WISH I HAD BECOME A REAL ESTATE AGENT 20 YEARS AGO, BUT I WOULD NOT BE THE AGENT I AM NOW WITHOUT THE PREVIOUS DIVERSE EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ENRICH MY ROLE AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT TODAY.”

Sonja recently sat down with the team over at Western Home Journal and shared her journey about becoming a real estate agent in NW Montana.

YOU GREW UP HERE, BUT HAS THE FLATHEAD VALLEY ALWAYS BEEN HOME?

I grew up in Kalispell and left to earn degrees from MSU in Bozeman and BSU in Boise. It wasn’t a tough decision for me to move back to the Flathead Valley in 2004. My husband and I had lived in Bozeman, Boise, and Choteau, and we were ready to return to the Flathead Valley and raise our family. I can’t get enough of the Flathead Valley.
I knew returning to my roots meant being surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, family, and great communities. I love spending time
in Glacier National Park. Sharing this love with my 12-year-old daughter is now even more joyful.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU BECAME AN AGENT? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO ENTER REAL ESTATE?

I have a master’s degree in art education, and I have taught, owned
a photography business, and owned and operated two successful restaurants.

Real estate is a perfect fit for me because I love helping people and I have a natural habit of connecting people with things they are looking for. I am fascinated by the real estate market, and I started buying and selling properties early. Truly, real estate is the ideal combination of my work and life experiences.

WHAT ARE TODAY’S BUYERS LOOKING FOR IN A FAMILY HOME?

Families are typically looking for move- in-ready properties. Bonus rooms, two- or more-car garages, and a location close to schools top their wish lists.

Second homebuyers seem to desire privacy and views. They look for newer construction and often a waterfront location or large acreage. There is also a healthy segment of buyers who are looking for vacation condos for personal retreats or as a business investment.

WHAT SELLS THE BUYERS ON FLATHEAD VALLEY OVER OTHER RESORT AREAS?

A spirit of adventure, the overall quality of life, and the ability to get away from it all and find a slower pace—all these qualities are desirable. There is no doubt that the nearby millions of acres of undisturbed wilderness and Glacier National Park add to the area’s distinctive appeal. We have all of that, plus phenomenal city-like opportunities such as theatre companies, art galleries, and fine dining.

It is also a great investment. There are plenty of choices for real estate investment for all lifestyles and price points.

Our communities have craft breweries and distilleries, and we have boutique shops and farmers markets. All of these characteristics keep entrepreneurs wanting to invest.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR ROLE AS AN AGENT IN A RESORT TOWN?

I see myself as a source of information, and a local guide. Because I am from the Flathead Valley, I know the area very well and can help clients understand the differences between the areas, as well as the current state of the market. Like my other preceding jobs, I am in the service industry and I want the buying and selling process to be exceptional. I want to help people make connections. It’s just how I am.

WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE TAKING SHAPE?

One trend in building is that we are seeing smaller building footprints. There are new subdivisions being offered with covenants allowing for smaller totals of square footage. Whitefish Hills Village is a good example of this new trend.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT CHALLENGES?

Our inventory is smaller, making for fewer homes
to choose from. Narrowing down properties and finding the perfect place is the ultimate scavenger hunt!

– Sonja Burgard, Real Estate Agent, Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

See complete Western Home Journal Publication online.

Want to know more about Sonja Burgard and her listings? Tour her profile and contact her today at 406.871.0372

Montana Sportsman Expo

The Montana Sportsmans Expo is February 24th, 25th & 26th at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. Featuring over 75 local and out of town vendors that cater to every Montana Outdoorsman.  Featuring the Predators of the Heart live animal show, bow shoot, fishing pond and more. Check out their website and like them on facebook to stay informed about this years show.

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be the exclusive Real Estate exhibitor at this years event! Zane Levengood one of our Real Estate Professionals has been part owner of The Montana Sportsman Expo since 2011.  Zane is a 4th generation Flathead Valley resident who is proud to call this place home. He is goal driven and prides himself in seeing a job through until the end. Zane is passionate about his business, supporting the community he resides in, as well as utilizing all that the area has to offer. He is involved in numerous community events ranging from fundraisers for local charities to educating the youth about shooting sports at his private shooting ranch. When time allows, you can find Zane boating on Flathead Lake, hiking in Glacier National Park, golfing on one of Flathead’s many courses, snow skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, or fly fishing the headwaters of the Flathead River. If you are looking to make Montana part of your life, Zane is uniquely qualified to be your concierge to having your ultimate Montana experience.

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Renowned Architect Michaela Mahady Home Available In Whitefish, MT

Serenity and style in this beautiful, well designed and exceptionally built home. The owner”s ingenuity in design and the nationally renowned architect, Michaela Mahady, were combined to create a masterpiece! Details are evident in every room with thoughtful built-ins, true craftsmanship and creative finishes. Enjoy your morning coffee from the built-in coffee bar while you sit out on your patio overlooking the small lake and mountain views.

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Five bedrooms and 5 baths with an additional quiet and private office upstairs. Bonus room above the garage could be an In-law suite, but is now the place to be for ping pong and watching TV. Additional theatre room on the main level off the Great Room. High-end appliances in the spacious, gourmet kitchen with pantry. Canoe Club Membership included. Too many details to list, so make plans to come preview this incredible home!

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Contact Patti Codiga Real Estate Professional for more details:

pcodiga@glaciersir.com or 406.250.4393

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About the architect:

Michaela Mahady is a Principal in the firm SALA Architects, Inc., formerly Mulfinger, Susanka, and Mahady Architects. Since joining the firm in 1987, she has designed a wide variety of projects throughout the United States, including homes and commercial and institutional spaces. She also designs art for public spaces with Pegasus Studio Inc.

Michaela’s recent book, Welcoming Home, focuses on the relationship between our homes, our bodies and our spirits. She explores the way human beings experience space, in an effort to assist readers in identifying the places and spatial relationships they find most satisfying and meaningful.

Her architecture and artwork have been featured on PBS and HGTV, widely published in books including The New Family Home, The Not So Big House series and New Arts and Crafts Houses, and in magazines such as Fine Homebuilding, Life Magazine, Cottage Living, Architecture Minnesota and American Craft. She has taught and lectured at the University of Minnesota, and at numerous gatherings from community groups and schools to AIA Conventions.
Michaela received a B.A. in studio art from Macalester College in 1973 and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986. She is a registered architect in Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Pennsylvania.

2016 Flathead Market Report – Kelley Appraisal

The Flathead Real Estate Market continues to improve with a near record number of sales in 2016.

This report addresses statistical details of the Flathead County Real Estate market over the last few years and summaries on the 2016 market.

In general, 2016 was mostly stable with numbers similar to the last three years. The following is a list of some key points:

  1. The employment picture continues to improve.
  2. Subdivision activity continues near its all-time low, but as the inventory of bank-owned has mostly gone away. There is some new interest in development, but mostly within the City limits. There continues to be little interest in rural subdivision development.
  1. New home construction is increasing in all areas of Flathead County.
  2. The number of residential home sales was about the same as it was in 2015, but the inventories are down from 2015.
  3. REO sales continue to decline and are no long a material segment of the Flathead Market.
  4. Of the County’s sub-markets, most areas showed an increase in the number of sales. The largest increase was in Whitefish.
  5. The number of land sales were about the same as they have been over the last three years.
  6. Housing is under pressure with prices outpacing the affordability as interest rates start to increase.
  7. The number of foreclosures continued to decrease through 2016.
  8. Commercial property sales decreased in 2016.

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2015 was the best year for home sales since 2006 and 2016 is at the same level as 2015. There were 1680 homes sales reported in Flathead County in 2016, compared to 1,683 in 2015. The median price finished at $255,000, which is 5.2% above the 2015 median of $242,500. The 2016 median of $255,000 is the highest its ever been and is $5,000 higher than the 2007 median of $250,000.

Overall, the entire year mostly matched 2015 with the number of sales being up 8% in the first quarter, down 5% in the second quarter, down 2% in the third quarter, then finishing off the year with a plus 4%.

This January, there are 851 homes that are on the market compared to 1065 in January of 2016 and 1177 in January of 2015. With 851 current listings, this represents 6.1 months of inventory compared 7.6 months of inventory in January of 2016.

As we go into 2017, interest rates will be a key factor. The overall average 30-year rate in 2016 was 3.7% and the current 30-year rate is nearly 4.1%. The 15-year rate averaged around 3.1% in 2016 and is now nearly 3.6%. The question here in the Flathead is, how much will this affect our market?

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According to the National Association of Realtors research department, the national average inventory as of November 2016, was 4.0 months. In Flathead County, the average inventory for properties under $300,000 is 2.5 months and the overall average is 6.1 months.

View the complete Kelley Appraisal Flathead Market report here.

Search Flathead Valley Real Estate at Glaciersir.com

About Jim Kelley:

Jim is the owner of Kelley Appraisal and is a 1975 graduate of the University of Montana Business School. He has been a leading provider of appraisals for commercial, residential and investment real estate in northwestern Montana for the last 36 years. With extensive professional experience and education in Finance, Mr. Kelley specializes in appraisals for purchases, sales, commercial loans, residential loans, and litigation. Mr. Kelley has built the most extensive statistical data base for the economic and real estate in northwestern Montana and been a guest speaker in the finance industry on numerous occasions. He was an invited lecturer to college students in China in 2007 on how the real estate and the appraisal business works in the United States. Mr. Kelley’s active roles in the Flathead Valley community in the past 36 years extend also into sailboat racing on the Flathead Lake and skiing on the Big Mountain.

BON TRAVELER – A WINTER GUIDE TO WHITEFISH, MONTANA

“It seemed that everywhere I looked in Whitefish, Montana there was adventure to be had. I couldn’t get enough of it and with a surge of childlike-fueled energy, each day I rose early in search of nature’s best sources of adrenaline.

Whitefish is a destination that is in arm’s reach of many experiences. During winter, the plentiful adventures like skiing the slopes, exploring Glacier National Park, or walking the picturesque downtown keeps the days full. I adored getting into the unfiltered outdoors in one breath, and then in other returning to a cozy lodge at night. Getting to do both, meant that Whitefish truly had it all.

The local scene was passionate — each local brewer, distillery owner, restaurant keeper, and more showed the true love for this corner of Montana. Using ingredients from local growers, there was this emphasis in keeping Montana, well Montana. As a traveler, it felt good to know that there was this intimate relationship with the vast ecosystem in Whitefish.

Pairing this local expereince with the outdoors, couldn’t have sealed the deal more. Whitefish knows how to show their guests a good time.”

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Read complete Guide here.

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2017 Home Buyer & Seller Guides

There are so many details that go into buying or selling a home.  At Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty we want to give you every advantage and tool to make the best decision possible.

Our Home Buyer & Seller Guides offer valuable insight into securing financing, selecting a realtor, conducting your home search, preparing your property for sale, pricing strategies, negotiating offers & more.

2017 Seller Guide

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2017 HomeBuyer Guide

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These 2017 Guides provide a general overview of basic home buying & selling essentials. To receive full support and real estate advice tailored to your property, interests and needs, visit GlacierSIR.com to schedule a personalized and complimentary consolation.

Or call us at 406.863.3060

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 

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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!

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Back to School…already?!

Like a crisp morning in the late summer, back to school creeps up on us every year. Suddenly, from kindergarten to college, tearful parents hover like helicopters just a bit reticent to let their children go.

This year it is projected that American parents with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $24.9 billion, an average of about $630 per family and a 6% drop from the prior year. Years ago, back to school shopping consisted of clothes, shoes, school supplies and backpacks. In recent years, electronics have added to the expense list of supplies needed. Though not all parents buy electronics for their school-age child, the 57% who do, spend an average of $400 per family on clothing and electronics combined.

Let’s unpack the “going back to school” phenomenon. With a few tips to make it a little easier and more efficient, you’ll be taking it in stride!

Rekindling “school” habits.

Even though a child may enjoy school, the anticipation of summer days turning into a schedule-driven school week can bring a certain amount of anxiety exemplified by nightmares, changes in eating habits or mood swings. Aside from respecting the child’s feelings and letting them vent, parents can be proactive by changing the summer routine. Phasing in earlier bed and wake up times, getting excited about school shopping and reconnecting with school friends can help with the summer-to-school transition. Familiarize the child with bus or walking routes and the school grounds. If summer homework has not been assigned, now it the time to implement 2 or 3 practice sessions a week, perhaps some math games, a favorite reading time or some fun art projects.

Useful electronics that make sense.

graphing calculator is a type of scientific calculator that is capable of plotting graphs. Graphing calculators also solve simultaneous equations and are programmable.

Digital e-readers are easy on the eyes especially for reading outdoors. In addition, an e-reader can hold more books than a grade school student can fit in a school bag. An electronic tablet has all the qualities of a great educational gadget. It is portable, powerful, and easy to use. Tablets hold hundreds of books, but their best features are apps. Educational apps include interactive books, dictionaries, calculators, and even games.

While tablets may suffice to complete writing assignments for elementary school students, they may not be sufficient in higher grades. As grade schoolers tackle longer essays, they require a computer to research and write their papers. Kids in elementary school can make do with family desktop computers or parents’ laptops, but middle school students may need their own computers.

In the higher grades, longer essays are required making printers an appropriate back-to-school electronics, especially those in middle school. While a basic printer model is sufficient, it is best to get a printer than can also scan and photocopy documents.

Digital Tools for Organizing Back to School Clutter (keeping everyone organized)

Keeping track and organizing forms and paperwork for the school age child can be a challenge for parents. The following digital tools are handy aids for keeping paper work, permission slips, schedules, projects, appointments and photos organized and under control.

Evernote – An app that helps the family remember everything and share it with others on multiple devices, even teachers!

 

Microsoft OneNote – Software that allows the family to collect, save and share information.

 

Google Calendar – Here is a master calendar that works on smartphones, tablets, or computers and syncs with others’ schedules.

 

Dropbox – A cloud service that stores photos and files in the cloud….great for storing and sharing.

 

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) – allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. This solves the problem of homework being forgotten at Dad’s house or eaten by the dog!

 

Whatever the age, going back to school is a necessary transition that has its ups and downs. The most important thing to remember is that, as parents, consistency, high expectations, listening and guidance are necessary qualities that will produce a successful transition. Remember….behind the child stands the teacher and behind the school stands the home.