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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…

Economic Growth & Montana’s Endless Potential

One of the most spectacular things about living in Montana is the way people gather and celebrate the seasons. Winter is no exception; with world class skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and skijoring there is always an adventure to be had.


This month Whitefish Mountain Resort was the third-deepest among all ski areas in the nation, and boasted the deepest snow in the Rockies! With more than 18 feet of powder falling on the slopes since November 1st.


Coupled with the limitless activities available to us our economy is also flourishing. Missoula saw wage growth accelerate in 2017, largely due to the abundance of commercial projects, public school additions and multifamily housing. Key industries such as health care, tourism and technology also saw especially high growth.


The Flathead Valley has also seen unprecedented economic growth with a booming health-care industry which has the fastest health-care expansion occurring in the State. The county’s economic drivers continue to be tourism, manufacturing, wood products, health care, trade center services, and the federal government.


There has never been a better time to put down roots in Montana, and likewise if you are considering selling your property, maximizing on your investment is promising. It is our pleasure to help you navigate these exciting opportunities and bring you that much closer to living your dreams. If you are considering buying or selling this year we encourage you to take a look at our 2018 Guides.

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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



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 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/

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.

“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.


“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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Sentinel Pine- Grand Estate of the Old West For Sale

The Sentinel Pine is one of the last remaining grand estates of the “old west.” It boasts a long and rich history, dating back to its purchase by the current owner’s family in 1944.

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JL McLaughlin of Great Falls was one of the West’s most prominent general contractors between 1925 and 1960. He named this spectacular Swan Lake property for its landmark Ponderosa pine, believed to be one of the oldest in the country, which overlooks the lake. For more than 70 years, McLaughlin and his descendants have continuously used the property as a summer home. Its capacious and comfortable accommodations have made it a gathering place for both business associates and personal friends, hosting many major renowned politicians, industrialists, military figures, artists, educators, and even sports figures. In 2015 the Montana Board of Tourism used the Sentinel Pine, with its majestic vistas, for a photography shoot.

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McLaughlin was perhaps best known as one of the Primary Contractors for the famous Going-To-The-Sun Highway in Glacier Park. He also built numerous dams throughout the West including the Hungry Horse and Libby dams. Other construction projects included several hundred miles of the Trans-Canadian and Alaskan Highways and partial construction of several airports, such as Boeing Field and Sea-Tac in Seattle. Additionally, he was involved in the manufacture of military tanks and armored vehicles for the federal government. McLaughlin was active in civic affairs in Great Falls and the state of Montana. As a philanthropist he contributed significantly to numerous colleges and hospitals and was a major benefactor of Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls. The McLaughlin Research Institute, a major independent US biotechnology laboratory, still bears his name.

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As his business interests and networks grew, McLaughlin used the property’s spacious and comfortable accommodations to host numerous prominent individuals, many of them on an annually recurring basis. Among politicians, one regular guest for two decades was Burton K. Wheeler, perhaps Montana’s most famous senator. Mike Mansfield, who served for 34 years in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate before becoming US Ambassador to Japan, was also a guest. John Hoeven, former Governor and current U.S. Senator from North Dakota, frequented the property in his youth. Business partners and associates included the heads of Kaiser – Permanente, Genstar, and other co-venture partners with Mr. McLaughlin. Reginald Jennings, one of Calgary’s most prominent business leaders and owner of the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League visited annually for many years. Cornelius Kelley, who made the Anaconda Copper Company the third largest corporation in the world, regularly dropped in by boat, from next-door Kootenai Lodge, which is now registered as a federal national historical site. Because of McLaughlin’s involvement in the defense industry, generals and other military figures were also guests. Among them was General Charles Sweeney, the only man who flew on both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions in 1945.

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Not all of the visitors have been business associates. Sentinel Pine has also hosted several renowned western artists who have found inspiration from its mountain vistas. These have included Nicholas de Grandmaison of Canada, Branson Stevenson of Great Falls, Elmer Sprunger of nearby Bigfork, and more recently, well-known bronze sculptor Eric Thorsen. Others who have enjoyed the estate’s hospitality include NHL Hall of Fame hockey player Red Dutton, bishops and cardinals of the Catholic Church, and Prof. Dudley Herschbeck, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. Additionally, Harry Lewis, former Dean of Harvard College and chair of its computer science department, has been a partial owner of Sentinel Pine where he has summered every year for more than half a century, often accompanied by other leaders of Harvard College.

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The Sentinel Pine is a grand legacy estate set on 30 acres with 2100 feet of Swan Lake frontage. This timeless and one-of-a-kind property, with a rich history and owned by one family for 72 years, now presents a once- in-a- lifetime ownership opportunity. Its manicured lawns feature 4 separate homes and 3 cabins. The property can comfortably accommodate 20 people. The central Main Lodge features a stunning old-world living room with a Montana rock fireplace. Its spacious dining room and wraparound cocktail area feature great mountain and lake vistas. Its large, covered, three-slip dock and beach create an unsurpassed watersport heaven. With a tennis court, ball field, and more you have the perfect place to build lifelong family memories for generations to come!This unique property can be purchased as a single 30 acre estate or it can be separated into a 21 acre and a 9 acre parcel. The 21 acre parcel would include the historic log residences, guest cabins, boat dock, beach area, tennis court, caretakers home and maintenance buildings. The 9 acre parcel would include the more contemporary “Point House” along with a very private entry and possible additional building site. This unique parcel has apx. 700 feet of Swan Lake frontage.

14833 Sunburst Dr , Bigfork, MT – Exclusively offered by Patrick Hanes, Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

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.

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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.