It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas in Montana is magical. The snow covered mountains sparkle in the sun and Christmas lights twinkle at night with the stars.  From Whitefish to Missoula communities celebrate with parades, sleigh rides, tree lightings, live music and even fire jugglers!

Here are just a few of the events going on in NW Montana:

BIGFORK : HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS

Saturday, December 02

(Photo credit Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook)

The Bigfork Holiday Parade of lights is held annually in downtown Bigfork to honor the season, our community, and the coming New Year. Bring the kids and family out to visit our local businesses, then grab a hot drink and enjoy the show!

Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in downtown Bigfork.

Line-ups will start at 5:30 PM in the school bus parking area (Grand Street side). Learn more…

MISSOULA : PARADE OF LIGHTS

Saturday, December 2, 2017

(Photo credit Destination Missoula)

Get in the Holiday spirit a the 15th Annual Parade of Lights! Family friendly activities & the parade down Higgins Ave starts at 6:00 p.m. Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting to follow! Learn More…

WHITEFISH : DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS STROLL

Friday, December 8, 2017

Event highlights:

4pm-8pm………….. Holiday Photos with your Pet – Tailwaggers
5pm………………… North Valley Music School Christmas Recital – First Presbyterian Church
5:30-7pm……………North Valley Music School Students – Montana Coffee Traders
6:15pm………………… Alpine Bell Ringers Hand bell Choir Concert – First Presbyterian Church
6-7:30pm……………Christmas Carolers – Strolling
6pm………………… Fire Jugglers – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:20pm…………….. Tree Lighting Ceremony – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm…………….. Santa Arrives via Wagon – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm……………..Whitefish&Bigfork Dance recital-Main Stage/Carnival Float!
6:30-9pm………….. Photos w/Santa – Stumptown Marketplace!
7:45pm……………..”WhiteFire” Fire dancers – Main Stage/Carnival Float
8:30pm…………….. Shopper’s Drawing Learn More…

LAKESIDE : WAKE UP OLD MAN WINTER

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Come down and welcome Old Man Winter at Tamarack Brewing Co. Get your Blacktail Pass photo and they’ll buy you a pint! Get your gear waxed and listen to live music. Learn More…

COLUMBIA FALLS : NIGHT OF LIGHTS PARADE

Friday, December 1st, 2017

(Photo credit Flathead Beacon)

Columbia Falls’ Night of Lights Parade is a fun-filled annual community gathering in Columbia Falls. Individuals, local businesses, community groups, youth organizations and others get together to show off their Christmas spirit in the downtown area. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade and enjoy music and treats. There are also craft fairs at the Senior Citizens Center and Teakettle Community Room. Learn More…

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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Record Sales in Flathead County

Through October there were 1,617 sales, which is up 14.8 percent from the 1,408 sales at this time last year. This is the highest number of residential sales that has ever occurred in the first 10 months. The previous high was  1,568 sales in the first 10 months of 2006.  At the current rate of sales, it is likely that 2017 will set a new high in Flathead County with year end sales of more than  1,900.

Mortgage interest rates continue to be about the same as they were last month. The current average 15-year rate at around 3.27 percent, compared to 2.8 percent at this time a year ago. The average 30-year rate at around 3.94 percent compared to 3.5 percent in November of 2016.

In the first nine months, 50.9 percent of residential sales were on small urban or suburban lots, 22.7 percent were on half-acre to three-acre lots and 14.9 percent were on three- to 20-acre tracts.   

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An Equestrian’s Dream? Wilderness Retreat? School? Endless Potential! (VIDEO)

Formerly a 120 acre dressage horse property, that has all the capabilities to be a school facility, wilderness retreat or equestrians dream. Boasting a 27,000+ sq ft full indoor equestrian center, outdoor equestrian arena , 7 stall horse barn, 15+ person cedar sauna, volleyball, basketball & more.

 

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26 Aspen Lane has served as a private boarding high school which hosted up to 85 students at any given time. The campus grounds offer a tremendous variety of activities ranging from theater, painting, drawing, organic gardening, horseback riding lessons, sewing, and animal husbandry. In order for the school to offer such extensive opportunities, there are numerous  facilities, including an indoor and outdoor riding arena and a beautifully appointed theatre with high tech lighting and sound boards. Still, the grounds have retained their natural beauty and remain relatively untouched, opening the potential for future development in any number of ways.

This incredible property offers multiple possibilities with endless potential. With over 40,000 sq ft of finished space including a main residence with 3 bed 2.5 baths, two 2 bed 1 bath duplexes , a 3 bed 2 bath home, 6 guest quarter residences easily accommodating 70+ people, an 8900+ ft main lodge with full commercial kitchen and dish room.

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As the property’s multiple buildings are connected by pathways winding throughout 120 acres, walking to each facility is peaceful and calming. There are several ponds to relax beside and a lush Meditation Garden beyond stone pillars with cascading waters to soothe passersby. The one spot which I will always remember is standing outside the Main Lodge, looking out across the property’s expansive grounds with the bold Cabinet Mountains standing in the distance. At dusk, the mountains change colors from soft yellow to vivid shades of orange and violet as the sun’s glow bids the day farewell. It is truly a magical place – a piece of land which will forever hold a piece of my own heart.

 

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Tips To Make Your Home Brighter – Steve Asbell

Dreading the end of Daylight Saving Time? Trick your way into a brighter space — even when the natural light prospects are dim.

Whether you live in a large home with a dark interior or a small apartment with only one window, follow these tips to bring in more sunshine — or at least make it look that way.

Paint it light and bright

Colors and values are nothing more than the light that reaches our eyes after bouncing off objects.

The amazing thing about white is that it reflects most of the light that hits its surface, creating the illusion of light. Case in point: that glowing ball in the sky we call the moon.

Paint colors that are saturated yet light in value create a similar effect, while lending their own distinctive personalities to a space.

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Keep the contrast

A kitchen with white cabinets, countertops, walls and backsplashes is about as bright as it gets, yet the lack of variety can leave the overall effect a bit dull.

To keep things interesting, introduce contrast. Choose accessories, cookware and decorations in your favorite color, or even decide on an entire palette.

Sneak in some style and personality with a colorful mosaic backsplash, or add drama to the scene with dark furniture, picture frames or patterns.

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Strategically place mirrors

Mirrors cannot make a room look brighter on their own, though there is some truth to the mirror myth, since they’re excellent at reflecting natural light in rooms that already receive it.

Don’t expect to get the same effect in dim hallways and bathrooms, though, since it does no good to duplicate a dim view. So, go ahead — replace those huge panels of mirrored glass in your bathroom with more attractive framed mirrors. You won’t miss out after all.

Install new windows

Yes, installing an entire window or two is the nuclear option, but if your home is so dim that you’re forced to keep the lights on all day, then it could be taking a toll on your utility bills — or even your mental well-being!

This isn’t a decision to take lightly (no pun intended), so talk to a contractor to discuss options and pricing before you break out that sledgehammer. You might be better off installing a skylight or light tubes.

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