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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.

Price Recently Reduced Charming Bigfork Log Home on 10+ Acres.

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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.

To read the complete RISMedia article please click here.

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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!

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.

Read complete VactionCluster.com article here.

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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…

When Montana Is In Your Blood

Since the 1800’s Amy-Bain Wilson’s family has lived and loved Montana.  A 6th generation Montanan and 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.

We sat down with Amy to learn more about her history as a Montanan, expertise in the Real Estate market and why now is a good time to invest in property.

“Now is a great time to invest in Commercial and Residential property as our economy is thriving, interest rates are low and there is population growth in our area creating and maintaining a healthy demographic.”

Amy’s family homesteaded in Lower Valley and Proctor, Montana and the original homestead still resides in the family today. With ancestors who have witnessed Montana transform over the last century we wanted to know what Amy’s favorite thing about living in Montana is.

“The lifestyle is second to none.  Our access to open space is remarkable!  We can be working in our home or office one minute and then enjoying the great outdoors the next minute.  It is quick to get anywhere and truly get away from it all.”

A focused listener, able advisor and fair advocate, Amy’s mantra is “if there’s a will there’s a way.” She is recognized by her peers and clients for careful diligence and genuine concern, thus creating a positive experience and honest transactions for both sides in her real estate business.

If you are considering selling in NW Montana Amy’s advice is, “Work with a Realtor that knows how to expose your property exceptionally well in the marketplace and has superior negotiating skills to get you the highest and best offer within an efficient amount of time. Contact me today for further details “


This turn-key Glacier Park Lodge inspired estate graces us with its presence at 435′ of frontage on the West Shore of Flathead Lake. Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, the quality and style is undeniable and it creates an unrivaled gated retreat on over 3.5 acres. The home is 9,000 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, detached garage and boat storage. Begin every morning and end every night with the sights and sounds of Flathead Lake and unparalleled views of the Swan Mountain Range and Glacier National Park. See more…

Contact Amy Bain-Wilson today for your complimentary market analysis and to start living the Montana lifestyle today!

Amy Bain-Wilson




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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Sophisticated & Timeless – Outstanding Bigfork, MT Residence On The Market

A timeless design created to capture the beauty of the alpine setting and the expansive views of the Swan Mountains, Flathead Lake, and the valley to the north. This outstanding residence is being offered fully decorated, complete with much of the furniture specifically designed for the home.

”Architecture is inhabited by sculpture.” Joe Sparno.

Upon entering, you are enamored by the stately entrance opening into the grand living room framed by generous windows, high ceilings and the Montana rock fireplace. Exquisite hardwood flooring leads you down the ample hallway past the luxurious dining room designed with elaborate rounded windows and space large enough to entertain a sizable number of family and guests. Into the massive epicurean kitchen, complete with every conceivable amenity and ready for the most discriminating culinary artist, including a butler’s pantry and chef’s office.

When it’s time to retire for the evening, stroll back down the elegant polished hallway past the intricate cherry wood framed office to the considerable master suite complete with cherry wood fireplace and reading niche. The impressive master bathroom awaits with separate vanities, make-up area, large jetted soaking tub, multiple closets, and spacious shower.

If you are in the mood for a movie, head down the stairs, or step into the conveniently located elevator, and purchase a ticket from “Tillie”. Amble down the hallway past the vintage movie posters. Stop for popcorn at the refreshment area and then prepare yourself for an unimaginable experience in an unparalleled residential theater complete with the latest operational technologies and sophisticated lighting.

(1022 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT)

This impeccable residence is being offered exclusively by Tom & Katie Brown of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Click here to see more incredible photographs and details of this luxurious estate.

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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