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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)

Read full “How to Brighten a Dark Home” article.

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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

Property video Birds Eye of Bigsky.

 

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.”

Stumptown

(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.

BY: IYNA BORT CARUSO

Join us in experiencing the Whitefish, MT Lifestyle!

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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.

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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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A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT

Recently, one of Amy Stevens out-of-state clients took a moment to write a compelling and heart warming testimonial about his experience with her.  Amy truly sets the bar when it comes to providing exceptional service and makes your Montana real estate journey one to remember.

 

Amy Stevens
“You are really awesome. There’s a whole different level of commitment you take on when dealing with out of state clients like me and for the same percentage of purchase price. I can’t believe this is financially prudent for you with the all the time and extras you provide other than you knowing in your heart and head that virtue is it’s own reward. Sort of like teachers. It isn’t the money that lets me sleep at night. It’s knowing that my work and effort brings goodness to others.
I have no doubt you know exactly what you’re in for, long before your out of state client/me understands how much they/I need you….I hope you realize how you’ve made this process -which is categorically one of the most stressful events a family can go through-fun, exciting, and easy, while also ensuring that all the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

 

Our thanks and gratitude will never express the deep respect and appreciation we feel for the care and attention you’ve given us. We will celebrate soon and we do hope you’ll have room in your lives for some new friends. It’ll be easier to have adult time when your kids are a bit older, but until then we want to watch and support gymnastics with you, have some family play time together, and hopefully Brad will have the patience to help me become a legit Montanan when he needs some entertainment!” – Rob Akner
Learn more about Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Professional Amy Stevens here, and start living your Montana dream today!

 

Amy listing

Enjoy Montana summers to the fullest on this incredible Flathead Lake waterfront setting. Spend a quiet weekend or entertain guests and enjoy the carefree living. Amenities include a boat slip, heated storage, fully equipped fitness center, underground parking and your very own additional 1480 square feet of outdoor living space with a gas fire pit. For more information please contact Amy Stevens at 406-249-6496 or your real estate professional.

 

Elegant Commercial Space In Whitefish

This former residence in the commercial district of Baker Ave, Whitefish is now transformed into a functional and elegant small office–a perfect office for a builder, interior designer, perhaps an architect or lawyer.

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North Country Builders, Inc. of Whitefish has operated successfully out of this Baker Ave. office for the past eight years, after buying the residence and performing the remodeling in 2008.  The 865 square foot space now contains two individual office spaces with built-in desks, good storage and up-to-date wiring.  Additionally, the office contains a fully functional kitchen and ADA compliant bathroom.  One section of the office serves well as a conference room with a large, custom built conference table and convenient book shelves.  Nearby, a gas fireplace lends warm ambiance.  The office entry area offers two south facing banks of bright windows and can serve as a sunroom, display area or additional work space.  The office also has a full basement functioning as storage area and a small shop.

Structurally, the office is very sound.  The original wall construction is comprised of three horizontal courses of brick enclosed inside and out with plaster and stucco.  Remodeling included a complete new roof frame, architectural asphalt shingles and R-49 fiberglass insulation.  The original windows, though beautiful, were inefficient.  They too have all been replaced with historically accurate and super-efficient, Sierra Pacific, wood-clad, casements.

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From the street side, curb appeal is extraordinary with the clean lines of a well-designed, craftsman style home, and the added amenity of a lovely stone and stucco chimney.  Enhancing the visual appeal of the office itself, professional landscaping includes a pleasant variety of trees, shrubs and two or three small flower gardens.  All the original old-growth trees have been carefully retained, which offer added depth to the lawn and gardens.  The paved driveway and parking area are bordered by an interesting stone wall, enhanced with a radius entry of cultured stone.  A “dry creek bed” composed of all the native stones unearthed during construction is another focal point from the street or sidewalk.

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The office is located at the south end of Baker Avenue, in the transition area from residential zoning to commercial, and this office is an appropriate commercial use within this zoning district.  Baker Avenue is one of two main thoroughfares entering Whitefish.  While heavy, commercial truck traffic is not allowed, there is a steady stream of personal vehicles on the street and a well-used sidewalk that maintains the office in the public eye.  In fact, this little office has become a very pleasant transitional landmark from the commercial end of Baker Ave to the more relaxed residential end.

In short, the office that is now the home of North Country Builders, Inc. is perfectly located, beautifully transformed and fully functional as a small office—the sale of which is now a golden opportunity  for the next small-business owner.

Contact Hunter Homes 406.314.1417 or Cynthia Dearing 406.260.1201 for more details or a showing.

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The Art Of Real Estate With Tracy Rossi

Though she grew up in Seattle, Real Estate Professional, Tracy Rossi finished high school in Seeley Lake – Montana, and quickly decided she wanted to be an influential part of her community.  At 18, she would go to her local real estate office daily asking if they needed any help.

“After weeks of stopping in they finally said, here is a stack of magazines, envelopes and stamps. Within two days I had everything mailed out, and asked, what’s next?”

It wasn’t long before Tracy became a licensed assistant and was on her way to writing contracts, creating marketing strategies and learning every aspect of the real estate industry.

In 2005, the desire to travel and explore inspired Tracy to move out to California to go to school for interior design. She would still come home to the pristine landscape of Montana every summer and though California proved to be a valuable experience Tracy moved back 3 years later.

“It was the time away that made me truly appreciate the beauty of Montana.” Tracy says.

Why is Montana Real Estate your calling?

“I wanted to be a part of people’s biggest financial decision. I love gaining the trust of a homebuyer & seller so they know I have their best interests in mind and I get to provide them with the best information, and walk them through the entire process. Recently, I worked with a couple who had a bad experience. They had been searching for a house for 18 months, worked through Zillow and other platforms, lost all their earnest money, upwards of $17,000 and then didn’t even get the house! Fortunately, a friend of mine referred them to me and I could tell they needed representation. With today’s technology, we are competing with computers, and I was thrilled to show them the power of having an agent.  Ultimately, I saved them time & money and they ended up closing on a house they love.”

Why did you choose to work with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty?

“The team here felt more intimate and diverse, with a real emphasis on service. There are so many qualified realtors with this company who love their communities. We also have incredible opportunities with Sotheby’s International Realty to showcase Montana real estate all over the world.”

Tracy Listing

Featured Listing – 1290-1292 Birch Point Dr. Whitefish

Arguably one of the best views of Whitefish Lake and Whitefish Mountain Resort through floor to ceiling windows from this Birch Point Drive home, with guest house. Open floor plan with room to entertain, large decks, outdoor fireplace and boat dock.

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What do you love about the Flathead Valley?

“The beauty and closeness of the communities. Each town is so different and there isn’t anywhere else that has this much to offer. We have so many lakes, Glacier National Park, two ski hills and diversity, all in close proximity.

If you could tell a homebuyer or seller one thing what would it be?

“To the seller – trust your agent when they provide you with your comparative market analysis (CMA). We truly do have your best interest at heart. To the homebuyer – be open with your agent about what you are looking for so they show you relevant properties and respect your time.”

Other than helping people achieve their real estate dreams, what are your interests?

I have a goal to get my passport stamped once a year. I’ve always loved traveling and seeing new places and learning about different cultures. I think these experiences help you grow as a person. This also allows me the ability to appreciate my own community and all it has to offer. “

What are words you live by?

“Give top service to everyone because they deserve it.”

Tracy has been involved in marketing and facilitating closings in over $200 million dollars in the Flathead Valley. She has worked every facet of resort real estate sales. She excels in marketing presentation, print, digital and verbal. Her technology skills are exceptional. She has been schooled in interior design and has an artist’s eye and attention to detail for staging and showing homes. She has written hundreds of contracts and knows the real estate document world intimately. There is a lot of detail involved from listing agreements to offers to executed Buy-Sells to inspections to title to closing. Tracy has significant experience at navigating the document world. She is an excellent communicator who understands the importance of how each client prefers to be communicated with. She has a very good sense of priority and expectations and is driven by her own pursuit of excellence. Tracy cares about and gives back to her community through volunteer work.

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Contact Tracy Rossi  at 406.763.6808 or trossi@glaciersir.com

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