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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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Tips for Fixing the Right Rate for Your Vacation Rental (VacationCluster.com)

Are you wondering why vacation rental stays unoccupied while your competition is always booked full? It could have something to do with your high vacation rental rate. If your rate is too high, your guests will have high expectations and you will be unable to deliver on and hence, you will lose repeat business. Also, high vacation rate could work as a deterrent to prospective guests. On the other hand, a low rate means you will not attract the right kind of guests and also you will not be able to generate a profit. So, it is imperative you fix the right rate every season.

Here are some tips to help you fix the perfect vacation rental rate without disappointing your guests or attracting unsavory guests.


Remember, your vacation rental will not be occupied every single day of the year. There will be times when the rental will be vacant. So, it is imperative you calculate all costs associated with managing and maintaining your rental and then take a conservative guess of the number of weeks it will be occupied in a calendar year. This will give you a fair idea what you should be charging your guests during the weeks it is occupied.

The costs you should be looking at include:

  • Repairs and renovations
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Landscaping
  • Cleaning services
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Management services
  • Licenses and permits
  • Accounting
  • Transaction costs

Once you have the amount, take a closer look at your competition.

Nestled in the heart of Whitefish Mountain Resort you will find this charming, luxury condo. Sold turn-key, it boasts 3 bedrooms & 3 full baths. Strong VRBO rental history, or can be used as your personal vacation home. Learn more…


Your competition is vacation rentals that are similar to yours. Compare apples to apples and not to oranges. This will give you an idea what vacation rentals that are similar to yours are charging. If you find out that your rate is still too high, you need to take a second look at what you are charging your guests. If your rate is in line with the prevailing rate in the area, you have nothing to worry about. And, if the rate is too low, push it up so that it is as per the market.


Each area has its own high and low season and the rates that vacation rental owners charge varies based on the season. You too should follow the trend prevailing in the market. Make sure you have one rate for the high season and another for the low season. The rate should be calculated taking into account how you can cover the costs associated with your rental and still make a profit. Basically, in the first couple of years you shouldn’t be looking to make a profit. Your focus should be in establishing yourself and creating a loyal customer following.

You can overcome the difficulties of low season by setting up a minimum stay period. However, do check the local laws before you make any plans. Some areas stipulate the minimum number of days for short-term rentals. You can also offer guests a discount for longer stays. This will help you reduce your turnover costs and also the wear and tear your property undergoes. Usually, if guests book for 7 days or more, you should be looking to offer them a 10% discount on the daily rate.


This phenomenal main residence, guest home/rental, & commercial grade shop are an incredible opportunity for the astute buyer. The main home’s spacious living areas, double master bedrooms, open kitchen, along with its expansive decks overlooking Flathead Lake, offer room for all to relax. The second home allows guests or VRBO rental opportunities. Learn more…


Many vacation rental owners end up adding extra fees to their base rate. This can be frustrating for guests. While you can charge for cleaning and taxes, you should not charge for any other expenses that you incur while renting out your vacation rental. These costs should be included in your rental price and that is why it is so important to figure out all the costs associated with managing and maintaining your property.

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Featured Image 1750 E Lakeshore Dr, Unit 107, Whitefish, MT

LIVE LAKEFRONT! This gorgeous condo sits just off the waterfront park at Mountain Harbor on Whitefish Lake.Zoning allows for NIGHTLY/WEEKLY rentals. Keep this gem all to yourself, offer it as a corporate retreat along with your usage, and/or have the option to put it in the rental pool. Learn more…

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.

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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/

Tips To Make Your Home Brighter – Steve Asbell

Dreading the end of Daylight Saving Time? Trick your way into a brighter space — even when the natural light prospects are dim.

Whether you live in a large home with a dark interior or a small apartment with only one window, follow these tips to bring in more sunshine — or at least make it look that way.

Paint it light and bright

Colors and values are nothing more than the light that reaches our eyes after bouncing off objects.

The amazing thing about white is that it reflects most of the light that hits its surface, creating the illusion of light. Case in point: that glowing ball in the sky we call the moon.

Paint colors that are saturated yet light in value create a similar effect, while lending their own distinctive personalities to a space.

(5,100 sq ft home on 1 acre | Clinton, MT |$675,000)

Keep the contrast

A kitchen with white cabinets, countertops, walls and backsplashes is about as bright as it gets, yet the lack of variety can leave the overall effect a bit dull.

To keep things interesting, introduce contrast. Choose accessories, cookware and decorations in your favorite color, or even decide on an entire palette.

Sneak in some style and personality with a colorful mosaic backsplash, or add drama to the scene with dark furniture, picture frames or patterns.

(3,475 sq ft cheerful home 1.5 acres | Whitefish, MT | $599,000)

Strategically place mirrors

Mirrors cannot make a room look brighter on their own, though there is some truth to the mirror myth, since they’re excellent at reflecting natural light in rooms that already receive it.

Don’t expect to get the same effect in dim hallways and bathrooms, though, since it does no good to duplicate a dim view. So, go ahead — replace those huge panels of mirrored glass in your bathroom with more attractive framed mirrors. You won’t miss out after all.

Install new windows

Yes, installing an entire window or two is the nuclear option, but if your home is so dim that you’re forced to keep the lights on all day, then it could be taking a toll on your utility bills — or even your mental well-being!

This isn’t a decision to take lightly (no pun intended), so talk to a contractor to discuss options and pricing before you break out that sledgehammer. You might be better off installing a skylight or light tubes.

(2,651 sq ft custom home near Ashely Lake | Kila, MT | $539,000)

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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.

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.

Image by Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

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The Recreational Capital Of Montana

The city of Whitefish is at the northern most tip of Montana’s Flathead Valley, 50 miles south of the Canadian border. One could be forgiven for thinking the location is cold and remote, but neither is especially true. Whitefish is only about 15 minutes from Glacier International Airport which offers direct service to many major western U.S. cities. And because it is on the western slope of the Continental Divide, Whitefish enjoys protection from arctic air masses, known here as Alberta Clippers.

Montana’s Flathead Valley is one of the state’s major tourist regions.

The area, particularly Whitefish, has experienced a major uptick in population in recent years. National Geographic Magazine named it one of the world’s best ski towns touting its “appealingly rough-hewn character” and reliable “glitz-free skiing.”


(303 Stumptown Loop, Whitefish, MT / $494,000)

Within 50 miles are more than 1,500 lakes including Flathead, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. There are reasons it’s called the recreational capital of Montana. Whitefish is a four-season destination. Downtown Whitefish is pedestrian-focused with covered sidewalks lined with art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are nine championship golf courses within an hour’s drive, river rafting, fly fishing and hundreds of miles of hiking and single-track mountain bike trails and, of course, skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, eight miles north of town.

Fox Farm

(107 Fox Farm Ln, Kalispell, MT / 22.59 acres / $949,000)

What began as a railroad and logging town evolved decades ago into a popular recreational area, in large part when local residents decided to donate their own money and labor for a golf club and ski resort.

There’s a lot of history in this town. The train depot, with its half-timbered walls and large dormers, was built in 1928 by the Great Northern Railway and restored in the 1990s. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Whitefish also boasts one of the last buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect died before the building was completed but it, too, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Homebuyers find space and solitude in the luxury real estate in and around Whitefish. The area has condominiums, townhouses, golf club community homes and properties adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort with ski in/ski out access to the slopes. Some of the most sought-after real estate in all of Montana is found along the seven-mile perimeter of Whitefish Lake.


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Whitefish Hills Featured On The New York Times

This residential retreat truly offers a unique and rare opportunity with its close proximity to downtown Whitefish and a variety of recreational pursuits. Whitefish Hills was thoughtfully designed incorporating forested lands with solitude and privacy as its main focus for its residents, while bordering state lands. 

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The New York Times is currently featuring our 78 Whitefish Hills Loop property video on their exclusive Video Block!

With an interior of 2067 square feet, this 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home uses the finest finishes of timbers, wood, stone and glass to frame a natural feel. Excellent mountain views from the home and covered patio area. Expansive lawn creates an open feel amongst the forest. Timbered covered entry welcomes your guests. Oversized garage with storage for your recreational pursuits.

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Offered at $1,427,000 with 20 acres MLS# 21709987 or at $1,877,000 with 40 acres MLS# 21706445.

Hills 3

Travel the last road home on paved avenues, curving in and out of open and wooded space. Montana embraces its four seasons, bringing a variety of majestic wildlife who visit our community including mountain lion, fox, deer, bear, elk and soaring eagles. We take pride in our equestrian and walking trails that weave in and out of fields and forested acreage. Residents often find themselves at Blanchard Lake in the Homeowners Park enjoying a picnic or a paddle around the private lake.

Offered exclusively by Ross Pickert 406.253.2148, rpickert@glaciersir.com

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Sitting Above The 8th Green Of Iron Horse Golf Club

Iron Horse Golf Community, a private residential club community in a Rocky Mountain Resort town of Whitefish, or simply put “outdoor heaven.” If you are an outdoor enthusiast Iron Horse has it all! Golf, skiing, lake sports, biking, hiking, running, fishing, hunting rafting, you name it. Overlooking the Flathead Valley and Whitefish Lake, the views are magnificent. The community rests in the midst of 820 secluded acres of stunning old growth forest for its year round residential community.

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Iron Horse prides itself on its Tom Fazio designed 18-hole golf course. The course consists of bluegrass fairways and smooth bent grass greens that weave through a forest of Fir and Tamarack trees. The golf course stretches to 7,028 yards from the championship tees or 4,795 yards from the front tees. Our Par 71 course features five tee boxes per hole, ensuring a playable yet challenging course for golfers of all abilities. The club also offers a first-class practice facility.

Shooting Star

Sitting Above The 8th Green Of Iron Horse Golf Club

177 S Shooting Star , Whitefish, MT

Beautifully finished and attention to detail in this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath executive home. Sitting above the 8th green of the Iron Horse Golf Club, this home is surrounded by lush vegetation giving a very private feel yet close to all the club amenities. Outdoor covered and uncovered deck areas. Additional private room above the garage could be utilized as an additional bedroom, apartment, home office, bunkroom or media room. Fireplaces, sitting areas, wet bar and open floor plan add to the special features. Purchase includes furniture with exclusion list provided by seller.

Call Pat Donovan 406.261.6200 or Patti Codiga 406.250.4393

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