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A Let-Up On Real Estate Prices? Some Trends To Watch

Will housing market prices continue to increase or will we start to see them level out? 2017 was an exciting year for real estate and many are wondering if the top dollar buzz is going to continue.

According to a recent RISMedia article, new research from HouseCanary, indicates the markets are now stabilizing.

“Although the housing market is still strong, with home prices still increasing in many markets, there is clear evidence of a considerable deceleration in the pace of those price increases,” says Alex Villacorta, executive vice president of Analytics for HouseCanary. “The rapid price growth in high-end and luxury markets seems to have stagnated as affordability continues to put downward pressure on home price appreciation.”

What factors are fueling the trend? The demand/supply dynamic, for one. Buyers are out in droves, but inventory is lacking. The imbalance is pressuring prices—and affordability is suffering, in turn.

Affordability is also impacted by mortgage rates, which is anticipated to land in the neighborhood of 4.75 percent by this time next year—a change that could deter homeowners with lower rates from selling, exacerbating inventory issues. The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate has been on an uptick since the start of 2018.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could have an effect on housing, as well, though how it could help or hurt the market is unclear.

The ever-changing mortgage rates & tax reforms buyers & sellers are faced with are just a few reasons why individuals should utilize an experienced Real Estate Professional. Please contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation so you can be certain you are making the best decision for you and your family.

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Featured Property | 1138 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT | $499,000

You must see this charming log home with breathtaking mountain views just minutes to Bigfork & the Swan River nature trail; which is a great place to walk or bike ride to town. The expansive floor to ceiling windows frame the mountains, Swan Valley, & even Swan Lake. Remodeled kitchen, main floor master and loft/office. Even a new roof. Lower walk-out has 2 additional bedrooms. Sitting on the deck and taking in the setting is magical. This has a feeling of being ‘off the grid’ yet minutes from town. Swan Hill has a road HOA & year round access. The private road taking you to this special retreat winds through the woods & opens to the amazing views. Seller is aware that the acreage around needs a little parking out which would allow extra room for a shop or a garden. Priced to sell!

A Special Piece Of Rattlesnake History (Video)

Part of the original homestead in the coveted Upper Rattlesnake and carries with it so many stories.  Originally named, Sun Ray Place, “for the dip in the mountains that brought the first rays of morning sun”, this property has a rich and powerful heritage.

Since the 1800’s the land was used for cattle, to grow fruit tree’s & wheat, with a 2-story root cellar completed in the 1890’s that is still present on the property today. Now this authentic and detailed property is on the market waiting for the next visionary.

In 1921 Sun Ray’s Dairy was born and “up to 40 cows were milked twice a day” until 1945. This unique property now sits on 5+ acres and includes a mixture pasture for your horses and woods for privacy and exploration. This extraordinary mountain home is not only quiet – its also beautiful and minutes away from the heart of Missoula.

The main home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and is nearly 4000 square feet. The house has amazing light throughout with beautiful hardwood flooring as well as artisan stone floors and detailing. The history of the home is seen in the details.

There are four fireplaces throughout the house, one in the living room, kitchen, office and the master bedroom. This is in addition to the forced gas heating system. The property also includes a 3-stall barn and a stone cottage that was originally used for canning and storing moonshine. Now it would make a perfect guesthouse, office or studio.

(Sun Ray Place History by Cramer Productions)

This property has endless potential & value! Please call Megan Twohig at (406)370-2895 or your real estate professional.

Learn more about 1920 Altura, Missoula, MT

Offered at $675,000

Financial Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018 (RISMEDIA)

If you want to buy a home this year, you may be in the midst of planning—or perhaps you’re already well on your way. Purchasing a home is a process made up of many moving parts, including your finances, your overall goals, your planning ability and your current financial situation. That said, it’s the season for New Year’s resolutions, right? Start making some financial ones along with your other goals.

To get you started, here are five financial resolutions that can help you reach your goal of buying a home in 2018:

Make a Budget

Just over 40 percent of Americans have a budget. Budgets are invaluable to prospective homeowners, though. Why? Well, you can see how much you spend per month—and you need to know that before deciding on what mortgage payment you can afford.

Many people hazard a guess at their discretionary spending. You may think you spend $200 a month on dining out with friends, for example. But if you totaled it up, you may find that it comes out closer to $300.

That’s important, because those who spend more than they earn, or squeak by financially every month, often do it because they underestimate what they’re paying. So, use a personal finance software like Mint or You Need a Budget and enter everything you purchase for at least a month.

As you build your budget, divide it into categories determined by your monthly expenditures. You can tweak this going forward. Tally together what you need for necessities, like rent and utilities. Add together discretionary spending, like movies and eating out.

How are you doing? If you’re within your earnings, great! If not, review your spending for how you can save. Can you eat out less? Maybe cut down on that second or third video streaming service? Brew your coffee at home?

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Save, Save and Save Again

Purchasing a house costs money. If you’ve been diligently saving for the down payment, congratulations. If not, one of the most crucial things you can do to prepare for homeownership is saving for the down payment.

Once you’ve got the down payment, continue to save, as you will need moving expenses and a cash cushion. As a rule of thumb, moving and establishing a household always costs more than you think. You may need new furniture or plumbing repairs, so be sure you have an emergency stash of cash.

Establish a Clear Goal

Like budgeting for your expenses, you also need to know your overall savings goal. It’s like creating a fund in the event of losing your job—you want a six-month cushion, at least. You will find it easier to save if you can visualize yourself reaching your final goal.

Scope out starter homes in your area. Look at neighborhoods you’d like to live in with your family. Use an online mortgage calculator to figure out how much you’d be paying for the average starter home per month.

Once you have a general sense of how much your mortgage would cost, as well as utilities, figure out how much you will need for a down payment. While six months’ worth of your salary is ideal, you can also aim for three months to start.

Pay Down Debt

There are two main reasons you want to pay down debt as much as you can before purchasing a house.

First, the less debt you have, the higher your credit score is likely to be. The higher your credit score, the more likely your lender is to give you preferential treatment, like a lower interest rate or fewer points and fees.

Second, the less debt you have, the lower your money debt obligations are likely to be. Less debt can free up monthly cash that you can put toward your savings, home purchases or other expenses, instead of directing that money toward paying off interest fees.

Read the complete article by Megan Wild here.

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From contemporary designs, to elegant finishes and farm style kitchens that welcome you home. We feature homes with inspiring designs, incredible views, vibrant colors & unique features.

EXQUISITE VIEWS AND IMPECCABLE QUALITY This open floor plan offers plenty of room to entertain with incredible views. This is the perfect getaway in a prime location just minutes to downtown Whitefish. See more…

PERFECT SETTING ON THE E SHORE OF FLATHEAD LAKE This gorgeous main residence exudes natural beauty with a kitchen meant for gathering. Extensive use of rock and timber accentuate the detail and quality throughout the space. Fine local woodwork! See more… RUSTIC ELEGANCE AT ITS FINEST Take every advantage of your views that blend seamlessly with the interior broad beam exposed finishes. This stunning home is an outdoorsman’s dream. Hunting and hiking right out your door, while blue ribbon trout fishing in the world class Rock Creek is less than a mile away. See more… A CRAFTMAN’S DELIGHT ON THE MARKET FOR THE 1ST TIME! This one-of-a-kind home in Lakeside, MT is an entertainers dream equipped with African Mahogany cabinets & a chef’s kitchen to accommodate large dinner parties and plenty of room to gather and treat your guests.  See more… BEAUTIFUL GRANITE KITCHEN & ECHO LAKE WATERFRONT An exquisite waterfront home with 1.83 miles of Echo Lake shoreline on 46+ acres, ideally capturing the natural surroundings. Stunning kitchen with beautiful solid granite, Dacor range, custom glazed cabinetry, walk-in pantry and easy access to a ‘mud room’ from the garage to set your groceries. See More… Want to view more of our inspiring kitchens or magnificent master bedrooms? Follow us on Pinterest!

New Missoula City Park (Missoulian)

The new city park near Southgate Mall in Missoula will likely be open in the next year, thanks to an alternate construction bid strategy.

Monday night, the city council approved securing a construction contract by February before plans are finished, with construction planned to start in early summer and finish by September.

Ellen Buchanan, director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, said this leads to a more collaborative final design process between the city and the contractor, as well as being cheaper.

“Being able to price things in the winter months is very advantageous,” Buchanan said.

The method has been used by the MRA before, Buchanan said, during bidding for the Park Place garage and Mary Avenue construction.

The bidding procedure passed with one no vote from Ward 4 representative Jesse Ramos, who wanted to see a more traditional construction bid.

The MRA helped finance the $2 million purchase of the entire 12-acre triangular lot bordered by Johnson Street and North Avenue, to the west of Russell Street on the edge of the Franklin to the Fort neighborhood.

The park went through a couple of rounds of community review and planning in Fall 2017, which resulted in a concept plan with an off-leash dog park, pavilion and large open fields.

Read complete article by the Missoulian here.

Featured Missoula Property

2462 Mcdonald Ave | Offered at $210,000

Great little investment property, first time buyer starter home or rental. 3 bed 2 bath with a cute little fenced yard and large 2 car detached garaged. Features a nice master with separate full bath and all new carpet throughout. Very centrally located and close to the bus, shopping and walking/biking corridors. Easy to show!

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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 Fresh Perspective On Montana’s Most Vibrant City

A native Missoulian and University of Montana graduate; Megan understands Missoula’s unique mosaic of neighborhoods and businesses and presents a fresh perspective. A people person at the core, her dedication and pride in the Missoula community is reflected in her ability to understand client’s needs.

“Missoula, being the biggest city in NW Montana has a vibrancy that is hard to match.  Any day of the week you can find something to do in town (if you aren’t busy playing outside!).  Live music, lectures at UM, new restaurants and coffee shops.  We are also almost equidistant to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and three rivers flow in to our valley.  The recreation is endless!” – Megan Twohig

With Megan’s intimate experience we had to know: what is one thing everyone should do when visiting Missoula?

“Hmmm….one thing to do in Missoula?  Too hard…how about a perfect winter day?  Start the day at one of the awesome coffee shops downtown for your favorite latte and a pastry.  Grab your cross country skis and head to the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area for a day outside.  Head back to town and have a cocktail at Montgomery Distillery and then head across the street for dinner and live music at the Top Hat!”


It’s easy to see Megan has a love and appreciation for Missoula, but what made her decide to become a Real Estate Agent?

“I have memories going back to childhood of being really enamored with property… land, homes, buildings etc. In college I started actively following the market and being pretty obsessed. Eventually, I realized I could turn my passion into a career, and here I am!”



1920 Altura , Missoula, MT

Own your own special piece of Rattlesnake history! This property is part of the original homestead in the coveted Upper Rattlesnake and carries with it so many stories. This unique property sits on 5+ acres and includes a mixture pasture for your horses and woods for privacy and exploration. LEARN MORE…

Being a Native Montanan Megan grew up around horses and learned many skills about how to properly care for them and give them the perfect setting to thrive in.

“I started riding in grade school, got my first horse at 15 and have continued to have them since that time.  I competed through high school and then with the Equestrian Team all through college at UM.  I absolutely love when I get to work with client’s buying and selling horse properties!  There are so many important details when it comes to keeping our horses happy and healthy.”

With so much experience and knowledge of the Missoula area we wanted to know what the most memorable experience Megan has had as an Agent so far?

“Most of my memorable experiences in real estate have to do with wildlife!  I was once meeting a client to look at property west of Missoula about 60 miles.  He had ridden his motorcycle to meet me and look at property.  We were headed out to a home on a dirt road when a baby bear ran across the road!  Part of the excitement of living in Montana is you never know what exciting experience you’ll have just by stepping out your front door.”

Megan knows where to find the perfect neighborhood for your new home and can’t wait to help you enjoy the real estate experience. Please contact her today if you are buying or selling in NW Montana.

Megan Twohig



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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas in Montana is magical. The snow covered mountains sparkle in the sun and Christmas lights twinkle at night with the stars.  From Whitefish to Missoula communities celebrate with parades, sleigh rides, tree lightings, live music and even fire jugglers!

Here are just a few of the events going on in NW Montana:


Saturday, December 02

(Photo credit Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook)

The Bigfork Holiday Parade of lights is held annually in downtown Bigfork to honor the season, our community, and the coming New Year. Bring the kids and family out to visit our local businesses, then grab a hot drink and enjoy the show!

Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in downtown Bigfork.

Line-ups will start at 5:30 PM in the school bus parking area (Grand Street side). Learn more…


Saturday, December 2, 2017

(Photo credit Destination Missoula)

Get in the Holiday spirit a the 15th Annual Parade of Lights! Family friendly activities & the parade down Higgins Ave starts at 6:00 p.m. Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting to follow! Learn More…


Friday, December 8, 2017

Event highlights:

4pm-8pm………….. Holiday Photos with your Pet – Tailwaggers
5pm………………… North Valley Music School Christmas Recital – First Presbyterian Church
5:30-7pm……………North Valley Music School Students – Montana Coffee Traders
6:15pm………………… Alpine Bell Ringers Hand bell Choir Concert – First Presbyterian Church
6-7:30pm……………Christmas Carolers – Strolling
6pm………………… Fire Jugglers – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:20pm…………….. Tree Lighting Ceremony – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm…………….. Santa Arrives via Wagon – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm……………..Whitefish&Bigfork Dance recital-Main Stage/Carnival Float!
6:30-9pm………….. Photos w/Santa – Stumptown Marketplace!
7:45pm……………..”WhiteFire” Fire dancers – Main Stage/Carnival Float
8:30pm…………….. Shopper’s Drawing Learn More…


Friday, December 1st, 2017

Come down and welcome Old Man Winter at Tamarack Brewing Co. Get your Blacktail Pass photo and they’ll buy you a pint! Get your gear waxed and listen to live music. Learn More…


Friday, December 1st, 2017

(Photo credit Flathead Beacon)

Columbia Falls’ Night of Lights Parade is a fun-filled annual community gathering in Columbia Falls. Individuals, local businesses, community groups, youth organizations and others get together to show off their Christmas spirit in the downtown area. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade and enjoy music and treats. There are also craft fairs at the Senior Citizens Center and Teakettle Community Room. Learn More…

Should I Sell My Home Now or Wait Until the Spring?

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. “How much will my home sell for?”  “How much should I list my home for?”  “Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?”  “What if the real estate agent overprices my home?”  Last but not least, “Is this a good time to be selling a home?” is also a very common question that real estate agents are asked.

As with every decision in life, there are pros and cons, and choosing when to sell a home is no different. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before deciding when to sell a home. Many homeowners believe selling a home during the fall or winter months is not a good idea and that the spring is the only time a house should be sold. This is the furthest from the truth. Certainly most real estate markets across the United States experience a “spring market rush” every year. There is no doubt that the “spring market” is a great time to be selling and buying real estate, however, the fall and winter seasons may be the best fit for you for many reasons. Here are several reasons why choosing to sell your home now may be a better decision than waiting until the spring:

Less Competition One way that you can tell the spring real estate market has arrived is by driving down a street in your local community. In all likelihood there will be For Sale signs up all over the neighborhood! One great reason to sell your home now and not wait until the spring market is there is sure to be less competition.  The fewer number of comparable homes for sale, the greater the probability that a buyer will look at your home. Simply put, it’s the supply and demand theory. If there are less homes for sale, there are less homes that a potential buyer can choose from, therefore increasing the demand for your home. Not only will less competition increase the probability for showings, but it will also increase the probability that an offer will be received and you will get the maximum amount of money for your home.

Serious Buyers Are Out There Homes are sold and bought 365 days a year, period!  Many homeowners believe that buyers aren’t out there during the fall and winter months. This simply is not the case. Serious buyers are always out there!  Some buyers may stop their home search because it is the fall or winter, but serious buyers will continue to look at homes, no matter what time of year it is. The fall and winter months are also a great time for a potential buyer to see what a specific neighborhood is like.  Do any of your neighbors have any light displays for the holidays?  There are buyers out there who will look at these types of things when determining whether your home is in the right neighborhood for them or not.

Read the full RISMedia article by Kyle Hiscock here.

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30541 Carney Creek Rd , Bigfork, MT 59911

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An Equestrian’s Dream? Wilderness Retreat? School? Endless Potential! (VIDEO)

Formerly a 120 acre dressage horse property, that has all the capabilities to be a school facility, wilderness retreat or equestrians dream. Boasting a 27,000+ sq ft full indoor equestrian center, outdoor equestrian arena , 7 stall horse barn, 15+ person cedar sauna, volleyball, basketball & more.


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26 Aspen Lane has served as a private boarding high school which hosted up to 85 students at any given time. The campus grounds offer a tremendous variety of activities ranging from theater, painting, drawing, organic gardening, horseback riding lessons, sewing, and animal husbandry. In order for the school to offer such extensive opportunities, there are numerous  facilities, including an indoor and outdoor riding arena and a beautifully appointed theatre with high tech lighting and sound boards. Still, the grounds have retained their natural beauty and remain relatively untouched, opening the potential for future development in any number of ways.

This incredible property offers multiple possibilities with endless potential. With over 40,000 sq ft of finished space including a main residence with 3 bed 2.5 baths, two 2 bed 1 bath duplexes , a 3 bed 2 bath home, 6 guest quarter residences easily accommodating 70+ people, an 8900+ ft main lodge with full commercial kitchen and dish room.

26 Aspen Ln , Heron, MT 59844

An incredible heated 2000 sq ft green house, 2000 sq ft wood shop, and multiple other buildings with untold potential. 6 ponds across these amazing parked out grounds with a private septic system and 3 wells.

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As the property’s multiple buildings are connected by pathways winding throughout 120 acres, walking to each facility is peaceful and calming. There are several ponds to relax beside and a lush Meditation Garden beyond stone pillars with cascading waters to soothe passersby. The one spot which I will always remember is standing outside the Main Lodge, looking out across the property’s expansive grounds with the bold Cabinet Mountains standing in the distance. At dusk, the mountains change colors from soft yellow to vivid shades of orange and violet as the sun’s glow bids the day farewell. It is truly a magical place – a piece of land which will forever hold a piece of my own heart.


Property marketed exclusively by Crystal Ault 406.529.6264, cault@glaciersir.com

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