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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.

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(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

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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

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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.

The Recreational Capital Of Montana

The city of Whitefish is at the northern most tip of Montana’s Flathead Valley, 50 miles south of the Canadian border. One could be forgiven for thinking the location is cold and remote, but neither is especially true. Whitefish is only about 15 minutes from Glacier International Airport which offers direct service to many major western U.S. cities. And because it is on the western slope of the Continental Divide, Whitefish enjoys protection from arctic air masses, known here as Alberta Clippers.

Montana’s Flathead Valley is one of the state’s major tourist regions.

The area, particularly Whitefish, has experienced a major uptick in population in recent years. National Geographic Magazine named it one of the world’s best ski towns touting its “appealingly rough-hewn character” and reliable “glitz-free skiing.”

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(303 Stumptown Loop, Whitefish, MT / $494,000)

Within 50 miles are more than 1,500 lakes including Flathead, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. There are reasons it’s called the recreational capital of Montana. Whitefish is a four-season destination. Downtown Whitefish is pedestrian-focused with covered sidewalks lined with art galleries, shops and restaurants. There are nine championship golf courses within an hour’s drive, river rafting, fly fishing and hundreds of miles of hiking and single-track mountain bike trails and, of course, skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, eight miles north of town.

Fox Farm

(107 Fox Farm Ln, Kalispell, MT / 22.59 acres / $949,000)

What began as a railroad and logging town evolved decades ago into a popular recreational area, in large part when local residents decided to donate their own money and labor for a golf club and ski resort.

There’s a lot of history in this town. The train depot, with its half-timbered walls and large dormers, was built in 1928 by the Great Northern Railway and restored in the 1990s. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Whitefish also boasts one of the last buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect died before the building was completed but it, too, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Homebuyers find space and solitude in the luxury real estate in and around Whitefish. The area has condominiums, townhouses, golf club community homes and properties adjacent to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort with ski in/ski out access to the slopes. Some of the most sought-after real estate in all of Montana is found along the seven-mile perimeter of Whitefish Lake.

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Whitefish Hills Featured On The New York Times

This residential retreat truly offers a unique and rare opportunity with its close proximity to downtown Whitefish and a variety of recreational pursuits. Whitefish Hills was thoughtfully designed incorporating forested lands with solitude and privacy as its main focus for its residents, while bordering state lands. 

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With an interior of 2067 square feet, this 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home uses the finest finishes of timbers, wood, stone and glass to frame a natural feel. Excellent mountain views from the home and covered patio area. Expansive lawn creates an open feel amongst the forest. Timbered covered entry welcomes your guests. Oversized garage with storage for your recreational pursuits.

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Offered at $1,427,000 with 20 acres MLS# 21709987 or at $1,877,000 with 40 acres MLS# 21706445.

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Travel the last road home on paved avenues, curving in and out of open and wooded space. Montana embraces its four seasons, bringing a variety of majestic wildlife who visit our community including mountain lion, fox, deer, bear, elk and soaring eagles. We take pride in our equestrian and walking trails that weave in and out of fields and forested acreage. Residents often find themselves at Blanchard Lake in the Homeowners Park enjoying a picnic or a paddle around the private lake.

Offered exclusively by Ross Pickert 406.253.2148, rpickert@glaciersir.com

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Elegant Commercial Space In Whitefish

This former residence in the commercial district of Baker Ave, Whitefish is now transformed into a functional and elegant small office–a perfect office for a builder, interior designer, perhaps an architect or lawyer.

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North Country Builders, Inc. of Whitefish has operated successfully out of this Baker Ave. office for the past eight years, after buying the residence and performing the remodeling in 2008.  The 865 square foot space now contains two individual office spaces with built-in desks, good storage and up-to-date wiring.  Additionally, the office contains a fully functional kitchen and ADA compliant bathroom.  One section of the office serves well as a conference room with a large, custom built conference table and convenient book shelves.  Nearby, a gas fireplace lends warm ambiance.  The office entry area offers two south facing banks of bright windows and can serve as a sunroom, display area or additional work space.  The office also has a full basement functioning as storage area and a small shop.

Structurally, the office is very sound.  The original wall construction is comprised of three horizontal courses of brick enclosed inside and out with plaster and stucco.  Remodeling included a complete new roof frame, architectural asphalt shingles and R-49 fiberglass insulation.  The original windows, though beautiful, were inefficient.  They too have all been replaced with historically accurate and super-efficient, Sierra Pacific, wood-clad, casements.

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From the street side, curb appeal is extraordinary with the clean lines of a well-designed, craftsman style home, and the added amenity of a lovely stone and stucco chimney.  Enhancing the visual appeal of the office itself, professional landscaping includes a pleasant variety of trees, shrubs and two or three small flower gardens.  All the original old-growth trees have been carefully retained, which offer added depth to the lawn and gardens.  The paved driveway and parking area are bordered by an interesting stone wall, enhanced with a radius entry of cultured stone.  A “dry creek bed” composed of all the native stones unearthed during construction is another focal point from the street or sidewalk.

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The office is located at the south end of Baker Avenue, in the transition area from residential zoning to commercial, and this office is an appropriate commercial use within this zoning district.  Baker Avenue is one of two main thoroughfares entering Whitefish.  While heavy, commercial truck traffic is not allowed, there is a steady stream of personal vehicles on the street and a well-used sidewalk that maintains the office in the public eye.  In fact, this little office has become a very pleasant transitional landmark from the commercial end of Baker Ave to the more relaxed residential end.

In short, the office that is now the home of North Country Builders, Inc. is perfectly located, beautifully transformed and fully functional as a small office—the sale of which is now a golden opportunity  for the next small-business owner.

Contact Hunter Homes 406.314.1417 or Cynthia Dearing 406.260.1201 for more details or a showing.

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The Art Of Real Estate With Tracy Rossi

Though she grew up in Seattle, Real Estate Professional, Tracy Rossi finished high school in Seeley Lake – Montana, and quickly decided she wanted to be an influential part of her community.  At 18, she would go to her local real estate office daily asking if they needed any help.

“After weeks of stopping in they finally said, here is a stack of magazines, envelopes and stamps. Within two days I had everything mailed out, and asked, what’s next?”

It wasn’t long before Tracy became a licensed assistant and was on her way to writing contracts, creating marketing strategies and learning every aspect of the real estate industry.

In 2005, the desire to travel and explore inspired Tracy to move out to California to go to school for interior design. She would still come home to the pristine landscape of Montana every summer and though California proved to be a valuable experience Tracy moved back 3 years later.

“It was the time away that made me truly appreciate the beauty of Montana.” Tracy says.

Why is Montana Real Estate your calling?

“I wanted to be a part of people’s biggest financial decision. I love gaining the trust of a homebuyer & seller so they know I have their best interests in mind and I get to provide them with the best information, and walk them through the entire process. Recently, I worked with a couple who had a bad experience. They had been searching for a house for 18 months, worked through Zillow and other platforms, lost all their earnest money, upwards of $17,000 and then didn’t even get the house! Fortunately, a friend of mine referred them to me and I could tell they needed representation. With today’s technology, we are competing with computers, and I was thrilled to show them the power of having an agent.  Ultimately, I saved them time & money and they ended up closing on a house they love.”

Why did you choose to work with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty?

“The team here felt more intimate and diverse, with a real emphasis on service. There are so many qualified realtors with this company who love their communities. We also have incredible opportunities with Sotheby’s International Realty to showcase Montana real estate all over the world.”

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Featured Listing – 1290-1292 Birch Point Dr. Whitefish

Arguably one of the best views of Whitefish Lake and Whitefish Mountain Resort through floor to ceiling windows from this Birch Point Drive home, with guest house. Open floor plan with room to entertain, large decks, outdoor fireplace and boat dock.

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What do you love about the Flathead Valley?

“The beauty and closeness of the communities. Each town is so different and there isn’t anywhere else that has this much to offer. We have so many lakes, Glacier National Park, two ski hills and diversity, all in close proximity.

If you could tell a homebuyer or seller one thing what would it be?

“To the seller – trust your agent when they provide you with your comparative market analysis (CMA). We truly do have your best interest at heart. To the homebuyer – be open with your agent about what you are looking for so they show you relevant properties and respect your time.”

Other than helping people achieve their real estate dreams, what are your interests?

I have a goal to get my passport stamped once a year. I’ve always loved traveling and seeing new places and learning about different cultures. I think these experiences help you grow as a person. This also allows me the ability to appreciate my own community and all it has to offer. “

What are words you live by?

“Give top service to everyone because they deserve it.”

Tracy has been involved in marketing and facilitating closings in over $200 million dollars in the Flathead Valley. She has worked every facet of resort real estate sales. She excels in marketing presentation, print, digital and verbal. Her technology skills are exceptional. She has been schooled in interior design and has an artist’s eye and attention to detail for staging and showing homes. She has written hundreds of contracts and knows the real estate document world intimately. There is a lot of detail involved from listing agreements to offers to executed Buy-Sells to inspections to title to closing. Tracy has significant experience at navigating the document world. She is an excellent communicator who understands the importance of how each client prefers to be communicated with. She has a very good sense of priority and expectations and is driven by her own pursuit of excellence. Tracy cares about and gives back to her community through volunteer work.

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Contact Tracy Rossi  at 406.763.6808 or trossi@glaciersir.com

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