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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/

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.

Beau’s Final Bull (Flathead Beacon)

The standing ovation, rippling throughout the packed grandstands at Flathead County Fairgrounds, was loud and proud.

Battling bruised ribs and an injured lung and hobbled by a ruptured wrist tendon that’s undergone multiple surgeries but just won’t fully heal, Beau Hill climbed atop a professional-grade, snot-snorting bull one last time in Kalispell.

He didn’t last eight seconds. He lasted 20 years.

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(PHOTO CREDIT GREG LINDSTROM | FLATHEAD BEACON)

The affable family man from Columbia Falls, who rose to fame as a talented teenager and defied the odds by carving out a spectacular career as one of the best professional bull riders in the world, is finally hanging up the spurs.

Hill, 38, competed on the final night of the PRCA Rodeo at the Northwest Montana Fair on Aug. 19 and received a well-deserved tribute from the crowd, which included family and friends who witnessed his last professional ride in Kalispell.

“I just decided that would be as good a place as any, a hometown rodeo. It was a good spot to do it and it was pretty awesome to do it in front of family and friends,” Hill said.

The following week he traveled to Australia and rode another bull before returning home to his wife, Keri, and their three kids: LaKia, Jace and Jory.

“I’m pretty much going to call it quits,” he said last week after being back with his family.

“I’m not saying I won’t ever get on another bull, but I’m done as a professional. I’m never going to make another run at anything.”

It’s been quite the ride in one of the roughest, most dangerous sports.

Read full Flathead Beacon article by  here.

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Award Winning Home With Stillwater River Access

This exquisite home was recipient of the 2015 Parade of Homes “Best Craftsmanship” award and has easy access to the beautiful Stillwater River!

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This 3,232 Sq Ft masterpiece boasts a gourmet kitchen with all high end appliances ~ Miele, Wolf and Sub-Zero, so it is easy to live a life of luxury and adventure. This home also has an indoor state of the art low maintenance, ozone purification pool and sauna.

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Built by Silverbrook Investments LLC this three bedroom / three bathroom with spacious main level has 2 fireplaces, steam shower, area boat dock & ramp.

Located at 155 W Swift Creek Way this is the most pristine home in Silverbrook Estates.  Included within the community is a system of parks including tennis courts, basketball courts and walking paths. A central Club House with a pool and fitness center creates a nice community hub for meeting, reunions, and activities.

For more details or to book a showing please contact Tracy Rossi 406.763.6808 or Scott Darkenwald 406.212.3355

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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

Mardi Gras Gala For Cancer Support Community

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to sponsor the 2017 Mardi Gras Gala.

We invite you to celebrate Mardi Gras with us and give back to those touched by cancer. All proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of Kalispell – a local non-profit providing opportunities for newly diagnosed, survivors, caregivers and family members to gain support, education and hope. On a weekly basis, thanks to our generous donors, CSC is able to provide support groups, cooking and nutrition classes, education, wig fitting, exercise opportunities, workshops, youth & family programs at no cost. Through knowledge, encouragement, and support YOU are a part of Cancer Support Community.

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Your ticket includes dinner, live Zydeco music, dancing, festival games, live and silent auctions. All proceeds support our community and neighbors who have been touched by cancer.

Ticket prices are $75 individual, $125 couple, $650 table of 10. Tickets to this event are a great gift idea. Give to your family, friends and co-workers!

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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.