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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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How To Get Your Home Ready to Sell – Realty Times

Prepping Your House For Sale

Although blind luck can sometimes play a part in helping a home sell quickly, most of the time it is the result of hard work and a well-developed plan. Since most areas usually have multiple homes for sale across a range of prices, attracting a buyer will require your home to stand out from the crowd.

The following tips will explain how to get your home ready to sell and help you complete the process sooner rather than later.

Make The Home Neutral

When potential sellers visit the home they want to envision living in the home. However, this can be a tough task if they are surrounded by photos and personal items that all reflect you and your loved ones.

Put away the personal stuff along with your heirlooms that speak to your personality and tastes.

The idea is to create an environment that a buyer looks around and thinks “it would be SO EASY to live here!” This means having only a few pieces of furniture in each of the major areas of the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. People can picture their own items better if there are few distractions.

It is also a good idea to have neutral colors. Off white, tan or similar colors for walls make the place feel as if it could be changed easily to fit the buyer’s tastes.

Physical Actions to Improve the Appeal of Your Home

There are 3 main things to focus on in order to physically improve the appeal of the home.

Rearrange – closets and cabinets need to be organized to maximize space and allow future buyers to see how their belongings will fit in the confines of the new home.

Neatly arranged closets and storage spots will indicate to the buyer that you have taken great care of the home.

Here are a few ways to make order out of chaos.

  • Stack all of the pans and dishes as neatly as possible.
  • Hang pants together. Likewise, hang shirts together and facing all to the same direction.
  • Place the shoes in a neat line.
  • Align all the spice jars in alphabetical order.
  • Turn each of the coffee mugs so that all handles face a uniform direction.

Remove all clutter – The majority of people hang on to a number of things long after their usefulness has expired. Now is a time to get rid of the stuff that you no longer need.

  • Pull down all of the books from the various bookcases.
  • Items that are used every day should be kept in a box. The box can then be put away in a closet. Things like coffee maker, toothbrush, razor, comb, etc.
  • Put things that are no longer used in one spot. Sell them online or donate them if they are truly of no use to you any longer.
  • Gather all knickknacks, gifts, etc. and pack them up.
  • Clear off all the counters in the kitchen. Makes the room look bigger and more user-friendly

Store things in a temporary unit – Homes are usually easier to sell when they are not packed with furniture, clothes, appliances and the like. For this reason, it may be a good idea to remove a few items from the home and place them in a storage facility.

The books and knickknacks mentioned earlier can be stored away. Also, if you have a dining table with removable leaves, take out the extra leaves and store them away. Each room needs a modest amount of furniture.

This allows potential buyers to picture their own items in the various rooms without too much distracting them.

Take Some Time to Let Go

If you have been in your current home for any length of time, there are likely many warm memories wrapped up in the place. Moving away and leaving those moments behind can be emotionally painful. Here are some ways to help you make the transition.

  • Spend time in each room to reflect on the memories of those specific spaces. Then say goodbye to the rooms.
  • Keep repeating to yourself “the precious memories of this place will always live on in my heart and mind. The home is merely a place to be bought and sold.”
  • Consider the fact that a new owner(s) is looking for a place to create their happy spot and joyful memories.
  • Also, consider that you are enabling the new owner to develop a calm and peaceful place to call their own by selling your wonderful place to them
  • Now is the time to embrace a bold, new future

By physically and mentally going through the process of saying goodbye to your old home, it will make the sale easier. Instead of only being sad at the thought of change, you will be in a mindset that you are making an opportunity for a new owner.

Read complete Realty Times article here.

Blog pictures from Recently Sold Whitefish property by Listing Agent Patti Codiga of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Giving Back To The Communities We Love

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Mardi Gras Gala for Cancer Support Community Kalispell!

Our team had an incredible time and were honored to be a part of an event that unites and encourages people in our community who are facing the many challenges that come with cancer.

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty attendees included: Kristin Zuckerman – Flathead Valley Real Estate ProfessionalTracy Rossi, Montana Real Estate ProfessionalJulia M. OlivaresTom and Katie BrownJeanie Konopatzke Whitefish Real Estate

Cancer Support Community of Kalispell’s Mission is to:

Take On Cancer Together.

Cancer Support Community Kalispell is a place where you walk through the door as one touched by cancer and instantly become part of something much bigger and much stronger. Through knowledge, support and encouragement, everyone speaks your language. You are not alone on this journey. We offer opportunities for you to get involved through educational sessions, support groups, and fun outdoor activities.

Located at 37 West Washington Street in Kalispell, MT, 59901. They are open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm or by appointment. Cancer Support Community Kalispell can be reached at  (406) 752-0130.

Visit their website here!

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…

Commercial & Residential Growth In The Flathead Valley

It has been an incredible year in the Flathead Valley for Commercial and Residential growth with Kalispell spending $104 million on construction.

The Flathead Beacon announced in their “Outlook 2018: Development Forecast” article today that, “There are signs pointing to another solid year of commercial and residential development in the city in 2018. It might be hard to hit $100 million again, however, as the last two years were buoyed by large medical projects, including a $43 million multi-phase expansion at Immanuel Lutheran Communities and $65 million in construction at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, led by the 190,000-square-foot pediatric center, which is slated for completion in spring 2019.”

(190,000-square-foot pediatric center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Courtesy Rendering via Flathead Beacon)

Whitefish is also seeing consistent construction in residential developments with lots for single-and multi-family housing.

According to the Beacon article, “the city (Whitefish) hopes to add hundreds of workforce housing units by 2020. The assessment identified the need for 980 total units to accommodate employee households through 2020.”

Read the complete Flathead Beacon article here to see more about the exciting developments in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and around the Flathead Valley.

Looking for an expert to help you navigate the purchase or sale of your home in NW Montana? Contact us today to be matched with an experienced Realtor.


(865 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT) Video credit Birds Eye of Bigsky

Pristine Montana captivated. Spectacular vistas! Grand living room with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and soaring windows. Elegant dining room with adjoining enclosed porch to relax and enjoy beside a second cozy fireplace. Main floor true master suite with fireplace and handsome separate den.Lower level gathering room with wet bar and fireplace surrounded by 3 guest suites. Guest house, separate garage and attached 3 car garage all on 30 gorgeous acres.

Featured blog image from active listing 215 MT-82, Kalispell, MT


This investment and development opportunity offers 360 acres of farmland with a plan in place for mixed residential and commercial development. A Neighborhood Plan Overly provides for up to 700 units; which could include single-family residences, multi-family residences, an assisted living facility, or a golf course. Learn more…

Montana’s Most Decorated Cross Country Coach (Flathead Beacon)

After 45 years at Flathead High School, Paul Jorgensen retires as the most decorated cross country coach in Montana history, beloved by generations of runners. With two national coach of the year awards, 25 state coach of the year honors, 24 state team titles, 22 individual state champions, a national No. 1 team, and, in Nelson, a national champ.

While Nelson is one of the bigger names to emerge from Jorgensen’s program, she is but one of hundreds to witness firsthand his unrelenting dedication, which neither darkness nor age nor knee injury could diminish. Jorgensen, 72, might be stepping away from the program that he built into a powerhouse, but it will forever be stamped with his unmistakable imprint.

“I just enjoyed working with the kids,” Jorgensen said in explaining his longevity. “They keep you young.”

The more his teams won, the harder Jorgensen worked, motivated by a desire to build a lasting culture of success. He developed an even-keeled coaching style, based on his personality, through which he reached kids with few words and no shouts. Soft-spoken by nature, he wanted to give his athletes enough skills and motivation to succeed, but he was careful not to push too hard, believing that runners should find their potential on their own, guided by the foundational tools he provided.

Read complete Flathead Beacon article by Myers Reece here.

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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A Memorable Kalispell Horse Property

“We have spent many summer days in the back yard pushing our daughter on her tire swing, riding horses and spending time in the barn. The shop is a perfect man cave & the house is light and bright. There’s a lot of space here. The outbuildings are great, super convenient location and awesome panoramic views.”

Over $50k in improvements to home and property since 2013: including a new roof, appliances, upgraded electrical, paint, flooring, and some windows. RV pad has 50-AMP electric and separate septic. Move-in ready!

(178 Pioneer Rd, Kalispell, MT)

“We started our family in this home & designed most of the features. We bought in 2013 and basically gutted it and redesigned the whole interior. We love all the wood accents and open floor plan.”

Great horse property with expansive mountain views! Three bedrooms, two baths on fully fenced 10.2 acres. Heated 1,200 square foot shop with room for all your toys! Barn with 5 stalls, (4 plus a foaling stall) and insulated tack room. Unfinished apartment over barn, hay shed, 2 additional horse stalls in separate fenced pasture, fruit trees, and garden shed.

“I’ll remember how gratifying it feels to see a finished home & hanging out watching the clouds float over the mountains from the wrap around porch.”

Click here for more information about this recently reduced horse property exclusively offered by Kristin Zuckerman 406.291.0778


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.

Elegant Living In Wood Ridge

“We escaped the big city life 11 years ago & found this delightful neighborhood nestled in the forest, but in close proximity to all of the villages. We took existing plans and adapted them to suit our needs.”


119 Wood Ridge Dr, Columbia Falls, MT

Elegant living in a rural, country setting is what brought the current homeowners to Columbia Falls, Montana. This property provides both privacy and luxury in a serene, peaceful setting. This one-of-a-kind, 3890 sq. ft. custom-built home sits on 1.2 acres in the exclusive Wood Ridge subdivision. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a wine cellar, sauna, office, game room, and a two car garage.

“We love the spacious, easy flow to the floor plan & there are windows everywhere to let in light. We have celebrated many wonderful occasions in the wine cellar. In fact it is known in our neighborhood as a hot spot for wine parties!”

Special features include surround sound throughout, radiant floor heating throughout (including garage), custom tile floors, and granite counters. When we asked the current owners what they will remember most about this exquisite property they said, “the deep silence in the winter and the continuous parade of wildlife viewed from our many windows. Truly the people who live here are the best! We have developed more than a few very close relationships with our neighbors and know we can count on them.”

For more details about this custom home please contact listing agent Sonja Burgard at 406.871.0372, sburgard@glaciersir.com  or click here.