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Local Values And Global Experiences

A world traveler, fly fisherman, golfer, explorer and successful Real Estate Professional, we are proud to introduce Patrick Hanes.  Patrick began his real estate career nearly 30 years ago in Hawaii representing “properties in paradise” much as he is doing today in NW Montana. Since that time has had the privilege of working with developers and clients from all over the world.   I have worked in several countries including Dubai, South Africa, Thailand and Mexico.  The most memorable was the time I spent in Dubai working for the largest real estate developer on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.  I witnessed the early construction of this fantastic island development and ultimately found myself living in one of the “Palm” residences.  Truly amazing.” Patrick and his wife Cheryl have now been residents of Bigfork for over 17 years and are avid supporters of the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center with Cheryl serving as the Executive Director. When you meet Patrick you immediately see the appreciation he has for Montana and we wanted to know among all the places he has seen and lived in why he ended up in Montana? “The world is becoming increasingly crowded, complex and environmentally compromised. However, Montana still offers clean air, clean water, wide open spaces and a simple and fulfilling quality of life. Sharing the beauty of Montana and offering clients the opportunity to enjoy this quality of life makes my job a pleasure.” In the summer of 2017 Patrick had the privilege of representing Sentinel Pine, a sprawling Montana estate. This 30 acre, waterfront property was shared with a worldwide and affluent audience as Mansion Globals “Listing Of The Day”.   “Representing the sellers of the Sentinel Pine property on Swan Lake has been very special. The estate has been in the same family for over 73 years and is truly a one of a kind property in our area. Although we successfully closed on a portion of the property I am looking forward to working with the spectacular remaining parcel.” Many of us know that right now it is a seller’s market, and the Flathead Valley saw historic residential sales in 2017. So, we asked Patrick what advice he would give to someone who is considering putting their Montana property up for sale? “Simple. Ask yourself, should I list with a local/regional brokerage or a brokerage with a massive global marketing outreach with over 20,000 agents worldwide? Go with the group that offers you the best chance of selling your property and telling its unique story across the globe.” To learn more about Patrick Hanes and his current listings please visit glaciersir.com or click here.

Featured Listing

”Last Best” opportunity at Eagle Bend? See for yourself. Nearly 18 acres of the most beautiful and desirable land in the Valley, ideally located adjacent to the Eagle Bend Championship Golf Course and with direct access. Improvements include impressive custom-gated entry, extensive water features with large streams and waterfalls, paved roads, storm drainage, underground utilities, high-end community lighting and more. The uses are endless. Create a one-of-a-kind stunning private estate. Create an estate with additional development. Build a vineyard with ideal orientation and terrain. Build a 17-lot subdivision. There is nothing else like this available. It is truly amazing! See more…

KRMC Named One of America’s Top 100 Hospitals (Daily Inter Lake)

Kalispell Regional Medical Center was named one of “America’s Top 100 Hospitals” on Monday by IBM Watson Health, a health technology company that recognizes the nation’s hospitals which best combine excellent patient care with efficient business practices.

Kalispell Regional Medical Center was one of 20 hospitals named in the “medium community hospital” category and is the only hospital in Montana honored this year.

The top 100 list, released annually since 1993, independently evaluates 2,740 nonfederal hospitals using publicly available data on organizational efficiency, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. IBM Watson Health identifies top hospitals as ones that outperform others along several metrics, including: better survival rates, lower rates of complications or infections, shorter patient stay, shorter emergency department wait times, lower in-patient expenses, higher overall profit margins and higher patient satisfaction.

This is the first time that the medical center has achieved this distinction. According to the IBM Watson Health announcement, the top 100 hospitals do not submit their names to be considered for the honor and do not pay to publicize it.

Read complete Daily Inter Lake article here.







Conveniently located within 5 miles of Kalispell Regional Medical Center and recipient of the 2015 Best Craftsmanship Award, this stunning home offers a spacious main level, gourmet kitchen, and state of the art low maintenance, ozone purification pool & sauna. Learn more!

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The Best Reasons To Live In Or Relocate To Montana

“The people are the best in NW Montana, friendly and grounded because we live in such a beautiful environment that changes people’s state of mind.  One of the best reasons to relocate to Montana is the love of the outdoors.  There is world class golf, skiing, hiking, fly fishing, biking, camping and more.  The beauty of this place is breathtaking and there have been numerous times when just driving home from work, the alpenglow on the mountains will take your breath away.  The amenities of the Flathead Valley whether its recreational, cultural, business or personal growth makes everyone feel welcome as soon as they arrive.”

– Hunter Homes & Cynthia Dearing (The Homes Team)

Hunter & Cynthia have over 30 years of real estate experience between them and have lived and loved the Flathead Valley for decades. Hunter first moved here in 1976, originally from Ossining, New York and Cynthia in 1991 from the Houston area.   Both are very active in the community with several volunteer groups in order to give back to the place they appreciate so much and are grateful to call home.

We wanted to know more about the programs “The Homes Team” are a part of in NW Montana and in asking it was easy to see how much Cynthia and Hunter value the outdoors, community art & culture.

“I was a part of the Whitefish Farmer’s Market for 8 years starting as a volunteer and then as the market manager for the last 5 years.  2017 was my first year not acting as manager.  I was on the board at the Whitefish Theatre Company for 6 1/2 years and also participated as a volunteer painting sets and helping with costume construction.  I did 4-holiday shows in a row, all musical theater, and a black curtain reading.  ” – Cynthia Dearing

In her spare time, Cynthia also enjoys hiking with The Summit Sisters every Thursday throughout the summer.  “I love backpacking in Glacier NP.  Watercolor is a new passion and I’m taking a full semester/credit class at FVCC this semester.”

For Hunter once living in the Rocky Mountain region there was no turning back. Experiencing the rivers in Montana, Idaho, Canada and the Grand Canyon and working for years as an adventure whitewater river guide, Hunter knew he had found a home in this pristine wilderness.

“Whitewater adventure rafting is a very popular activity in NW Montana.  There are numerous rivers that offer extreme whitewater excitement to the perfect Blue Ribbon fishing experience.  If you are looking for the thrill of whitewater and an extreme wilderness experience the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River is the ultimate adventure.  The headwaters are in the Great Bear Wilderness Area. This river offers tremendous whitewater excitement and incredible pristine wilderness beauty.

 Golf is also my passion during the warm months. The Flathead Valley offers superb golfing for all levels of players at, at least a dozen courses. I have also been an active member on the Whitefish City Bike & Pedestrian Trail Committee, assisting in the building and design of the city trail system.” – Hunter Homes

In addition, Hunter is a member of the Hwy 93 West Corridor ReZoning Committee to rezone the west entrance into Whitefish. The dedication of The Homes Team to NW Montana communities and their ability to problem solve, grow relationships and work through real estate transactions with expert representation and negotiating skills has gained them many satisfied clients and friends.

With The Homes Team devoted to their community and well versed in the Flathead Valley, we wanted to know what they think is the most important market trend to watch for in 2018?

“I think low inventory will continue through 2018 and drive prices up but at a slower pace.  If more current homeowners would sell their homes, we’d have more inventory & current homeowners could maximize their investments. “



1163 Martin Creek Ln , Whitefish, MT 59937

Located just south of the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, this classic and thoughtfully designed custom home is highlighted by 800+ feet of Stillwater River frontage. Amenities include 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, an over-sized 3 car garage, office, backup generator, underground sprinklers and more.

Click here to view the property details & photos!


When Montana Is In Your Blood

Since the 1800’s Amy-Bain Wilson’s family has lived and loved Montana.  A 6th generation Montanan and 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.

We sat down with Amy to learn more about her history as a Montanan, expertise in the Real Estate market and why now is a good time to invest in property.

“Now is a great time to invest in Commercial and Residential property as our economy is thriving, interest rates are low and there is population growth in our area creating and maintaining a healthy demographic.”

Amy’s family homesteaded in Lower Valley and Proctor, Montana and the original homestead still resides in the family today. With ancestors who have witnessed Montana transform over the last century we wanted to know what Amy’s favorite thing about living in Montana is.

“The lifestyle is second to none.  Our access to open space is remarkable!  We can be working in our home or office one minute and then enjoying the great outdoors the next minute.  It is quick to get anywhere and truly get away from it all.”

A focused listener, able advisor and fair advocate, Amy’s mantra is “if there’s a will there’s a way.” She is recognized by her peers and clients for careful diligence and genuine concern, thus creating a positive experience and honest transactions for both sides in her real estate business.

If you are considering selling in NW Montana Amy’s advice is, “Work with a Realtor that knows how to expose your property exceptionally well in the marketplace and has superior negotiating skills to get you the highest and best offer within an efficient amount of time. Contact me today for further details “


This turn-key Glacier Park Lodge inspired estate graces us with its presence at 435′ of frontage on the West Shore of Flathead Lake. Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, the quality and style is undeniable and it creates an unrivaled gated retreat on over 3.5 acres. The home is 9,000 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, detached garage and boat storage. Begin every morning and end every night with the sights and sounds of Flathead Lake and unparalleled views of the Swan Mountain Range and Glacier National Park. See more…

Contact Amy Bain-Wilson today for your complimentary market analysis and to start living the Montana lifestyle today!

Amy Bain-Wilson



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



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…

Commercial & Residential Growth In The Flathead Valley

It has been an incredible year in the Flathead Valley for Commercial and Residential growth with Kalispell spending $104 million on construction.

The Flathead Beacon announced in their “Outlook 2018: Development Forecast” article today that, “There are signs pointing to another solid year of commercial and residential development in the city in 2018. It might be hard to hit $100 million again, however, as the last two years were buoyed by large medical projects, including a $43 million multi-phase expansion at Immanuel Lutheran Communities and $65 million in construction at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, led by the 190,000-square-foot pediatric center, which is slated for completion in spring 2019.”

(190,000-square-foot pediatric center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Courtesy Rendering via Flathead Beacon)

Whitefish is also seeing consistent construction in residential developments with lots for single-and multi-family housing.

According to the Beacon article, “the city (Whitefish) hopes to add hundreds of workforce housing units by 2020. The assessment identified the need for 980 total units to accommodate employee households through 2020.”

Read the complete Flathead Beacon article here to see more about the exciting developments in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and around the Flathead Valley.

Looking for an expert to help you navigate the purchase or sale of your home in NW Montana? Contact us today to be matched with an experienced Realtor.


(865 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT) Video credit Birds Eye of Bigsky

Pristine Montana captivated. Spectacular vistas! Grand living room with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and soaring windows. Elegant dining room with adjoining enclosed porch to relax and enjoy beside a second cozy fireplace. Main floor true master suite with fireplace and handsome separate den.Lower level gathering room with wet bar and fireplace surrounded by 3 guest suites. Guest house, separate garage and attached 3 car garage all on 30 gorgeous acres.

Featured blog image from active listing 215 MT-82, Kalispell, MT


This investment and development opportunity offers 360 acres of farmland with a plan in place for mixed residential and commercial development. A Neighborhood Plan Overly provides for up to 700 units; which could include single-family residences, multi-family residences, an assisted living facility, or a golf course. Learn more…

Sophisticated & Timeless – Outstanding Bigfork, MT Residence On The Market

A timeless design created to capture the beauty of the alpine setting and the expansive views of the Swan Mountains, Flathead Lake, and the valley to the north. This outstanding residence is being offered fully decorated, complete with much of the furniture specifically designed for the home.

”Architecture is inhabited by sculpture.” Joe Sparno.

Upon entering, you are enamored by the stately entrance opening into the grand living room framed by generous windows, high ceilings and the Montana rock fireplace. Exquisite hardwood flooring leads you down the ample hallway past the luxurious dining room designed with elaborate rounded windows and space large enough to entertain a sizable number of family and guests. Into the massive epicurean kitchen, complete with every conceivable amenity and ready for the most discriminating culinary artist, including a butler’s pantry and chef’s office.

When it’s time to retire for the evening, stroll back down the elegant polished hallway past the intricate cherry wood framed office to the considerable master suite complete with cherry wood fireplace and reading niche. The impressive master bathroom awaits with separate vanities, make-up area, large jetted soaking tub, multiple closets, and spacious shower.

If you are in the mood for a movie, head down the stairs, or step into the conveniently located elevator, and purchase a ticket from “Tillie”. Amble down the hallway past the vintage movie posters. Stop for popcorn at the refreshment area and then prepare yourself for an unimaginable experience in an unparalleled residential theater complete with the latest operational technologies and sophisticated lighting.

(1022 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT)

This impeccable residence is being offered exclusively by Tom & Katie Brown of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Click here to see more incredible photographs and details of this luxurious estate.

Montana’s Most Decorated Cross Country Coach (Flathead Beacon)

After 45 years at Flathead High School, Paul Jorgensen retires as the most decorated cross country coach in Montana history, beloved by generations of runners. With two national coach of the year awards, 25 state coach of the year honors, 24 state team titles, 22 individual state champions, a national No. 1 team, and, in Nelson, a national champ.

While Nelson is one of the bigger names to emerge from Jorgensen’s program, she is but one of hundreds to witness firsthand his unrelenting dedication, which neither darkness nor age nor knee injury could diminish. Jorgensen, 72, might be stepping away from the program that he built into a powerhouse, but it will forever be stamped with his unmistakable imprint.

“I just enjoyed working with the kids,” Jorgensen said in explaining his longevity. “They keep you young.”

The more his teams won, the harder Jorgensen worked, motivated by a desire to build a lasting culture of success. He developed an even-keeled coaching style, based on his personality, through which he reached kids with few words and no shouts. Soft-spoken by nature, he wanted to give his athletes enough skills and motivation to succeed, but he was careful not to push too hard, believing that runners should find their potential on their own, guided by the foundational tools he provided.

Read complete Flathead Beacon article by Myers Reece here.

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/

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.   

See full Flathead Beacon article here.

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