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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/

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.”

Stonefly

 

24461 Stonefly Road , Clinton, MT

$675,000

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.

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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!

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.

 

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.

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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:

Maggie

“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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Ashley

“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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