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Local Values And Global Experiences

A world traveler, fly fisherman, golfer, explorer and successful Real Estate Professional, we are proud to introduce Patrick Hanes.  Patrick began his real estate career nearly 30 years ago in Hawaii representing “properties in paradise” much as he is doing today in NW Montana. Since that time has had the privilege of working with developers and clients from all over the world.   I have worked in several countries including Dubai, South Africa, Thailand and Mexico.  The most memorable was the time I spent in Dubai working for the largest real estate developer on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.  I witnessed the early construction of this fantastic island development and ultimately found myself living in one of the “Palm” residences.  Truly amazing.” Patrick and his wife Cheryl have now been residents of Bigfork for over 17 years and are avid supporters of the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center with Cheryl serving as the Executive Director. When you meet Patrick you immediately see the appreciation he has for Montana and we wanted to know among all the places he has seen and lived in why he ended up in Montana? “The world is becoming increasingly crowded, complex and environmentally compromised. However, Montana still offers clean air, clean water, wide open spaces and a simple and fulfilling quality of life. Sharing the beauty of Montana and offering clients the opportunity to enjoy this quality of life makes my job a pleasure.” In the summer of 2017 Patrick had the privilege of representing Sentinel Pine, a sprawling Montana estate. This 30 acre, waterfront property was shared with a worldwide and affluent audience as Mansion Globals “Listing Of The Day”.   “Representing the sellers of the Sentinel Pine property on Swan Lake has been very special. The estate has been in the same family for over 73 years and is truly a one of a kind property in our area. Although we successfully closed on a portion of the property I am looking forward to working with the spectacular remaining parcel.” Many of us know that right now it is a seller’s market, and the Flathead Valley saw historic residential sales in 2017. So, we asked Patrick what advice he would give to someone who is considering putting their Montana property up for sale? “Simple. Ask yourself, should I list with a local/regional brokerage or a brokerage with a massive global marketing outreach with over 20,000 agents worldwide? Go with the group that offers you the best chance of selling your property and telling its unique story across the globe.” To learn more about Patrick Hanes and his current listings please visit glaciersir.com or click here.

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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.

Click here to view the property details & photos!


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/

Elk Hunting a Product of The Seasons (Missoulian)

The anticipation of pursuing elk in Montana’s backcountry is enough to keep even the most seasoned hunter awake at night.

Images of calling in a bugling bull with flaring eyes and nostrils or settling the crosshairs behind the shoulder amid spitting snow makes the sweat and blisters well worth the effort. And a year’s supply of fresh elk steaks and burger isn’t bad either.

Last hunting season saw below average harvest primarily due to a warm and dry fall. Then a torrent of winter weather made access difficult in districts with so-called “shoulder seasons” which offer extended hunting for antlerless elk.

“Hunting especially for elk is weather dependent, and last year was a prime example of what happens when you have a hot and dry fall,” said John Vore, game management bureau chief with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “It’s too nice during the general season so there wasn’t much of a harvest, and then the snow and cold made it really difficult for hunters to get around.”



24461 Stonefly Road , Clinton, MT


5,100 Sq Ft / 3 Bed/ 4 Bath / 1 Acre

Rustic elegance at its finest. This incredible home was built to 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.

Hunters did harvest a third more elk across all the shoulder hunts but still did not quite meet objectives in many districts. FWP conducts the hunt off of three-year averages, and the more than 40 districts open last season are expected to reopen this year.

Montana’s elk population is estimated at more the 176,000, ranging from the dense spruce forests of northwest Montana to the badlands of the east.

Region 3 in southwest Montana holds by far the highest populations in the state with more than 71,000 animals roaming the Big Belts, Elkhorns, Pioneers and Tobacco Roots and Gallatin/Madison and other areas.

Read full Missoulian article by TOM KUGLIN HERE.


Featured Image from goodgamehunting.com


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.

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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

Search all of our exceptional Golf properties here!


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.


Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Now In Lakeside, Montana

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud and excited to announce the opening of their 6th office in Northwest MT.  Located in Lakeside, at 7191 Hwy 93 S, on the west shore of Flathead Lake, Glacier Sotheby’s new office will offer even greater exposure for our clients and customers looking or living along the west shore; or the lake areas in general.  In conjunction with our office on Electric Ave in Bigfork, our locations in Whitefish and on Whitefish Mtn., along with Missoula, our Realtors are part of the communities that represent this special part of the state.  Their hands on knowledge of living & loving Montana are what make them exceptional representatives for their clients.

The Realtors in the new Lakeside location have that knowledge and a history and love for the area.  Amy Bain Wilson, Barrett McDonald, and Carroll Kenney have strong ties to life on the ‘west shore’, including the charming towns of Somers, Lakeside, & Rollins.  With the office in Bigfork and now Lakeside; both with Katie Brown as Supervising/Managing Broker, we have the Flathead Lake area covered.

AmyAmy Bain-Wilson

As the daughter of a builder and contractor, Amy understands the real estate profession from the ground up recognizing both its challenges and rewards. In her early 20s, she built a home with her brothers that involved creating a market feasibility study, interpreting demographics, estimating and ordering supplies and building a property from foundation to finish. Today, as a real estate professional, Amy brings those skills and talents to a broad spectrum of discriminating buyers and sellers.

BarrettBarrett McDonald

Barrett is a dedicated professional whose passion for life is evident, whether it’s at work or play! His customer service is second to none, honing his craft while running Tamarack Brewing Company, the Flathead Valley’s number one Brewpub. His 8+ years there introduced him to so many great people; coworkers, locals, and visitors alike, with whom he looks forward to partnering with through his career in real estate

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Carroll Kenney

Carroll, a top Lakeside realtor since 1998, is pleased to be a part of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Lakeside, MT. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Charles Kenney. They moved to the beautiful Proctor Valley in 1997, and in 1998 Carroll joined the real estate community in Lakeside.


Katie Brown

In 2014, Katie was awarded the Northwest Montana Association Realtor of the Year, an honorable distinction bestowed by highly valued peers. Katie has a love for the Flathead Valley! Naturally,  making it a pleasure and a joy to market and sell property.


Learn more about the incredible NW Montana lifestyle here.

Women In Real Estate – Making A Difference

Making a positive difference in our communities is the foundation of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty. Last week several of our Real Estate Professionals volunteered their time and construction skills to help Habitat For Humanity of Flathead Valley.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

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Did you know? Historically, women have been involved in real estate almost since its inception in 1794 and its establishment as a legitimate business in the 1840s. 58 percent of all REALTORS® are female. In 1996, women represented the majority of broker licensees for the first time. Source (nar.realtor)

Here is what our Real Estate Professionals had to say:


“I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, I believe we all must give back to the community we are a part of. What I really enjoy about Habitat for Humanity is that everyone starts out with a small task and through teamwork a much larger task is accomplished. It was great to experience  the first walls of a house go up at the end of the day, walls that took 20 volunteers nailing various boards together to complete. It was a very rewarding experience and I will definitely do it again.” – Maggie Lee

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“I’ve always been a hands on person who loves giving back to my community. I grew up in Montana so it’s important for me to share the gift of living here with others. Prior to working at this build site I had bought from the Habitat For Humanity store to help support their awesome cause. One of my favorite moments was when one of the guys running the program told us about a kid who came up to him and was so excited that he was finally getting a home so he wouldn’t have to move anymore and he could play sports and be a part of a team. It made me realize what we are doing is not just providing a house for a family but also stability. I definitely look forward to volunteering with them again.” – Ashley Brunette 

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Sonja“Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity was a truly heartwarming experience. The most rewarding part was working as a team towards the goal of helping a local family realize the dream of homeownership. Giving back in this way, knowing that we helped a family build a better life felt pretty amazing. I will definitely take part in this rewarding opportunity again.” – Sonja Burgard

Habitat 6Cynthia“Even though it was 45 degrees and rained pretty much non-stop, I had a great time building with Habitat.  I felt a great sense of accomplishment by being a small part of something so big as building a home for a young family.  We were able to meet the mom and kids which made it that much more special.  As I drove away from the build site and saw the first wall standing that we helped to erect, I felt that not only were we helping to build their home but we were helping to strengthen the community by giving them a safe, comfortable place to live.” – Cynthia Dearing

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