Imagine The Perfect Setting On Flathead Lake

When you think of Montana the first thing that comes to mind is pristine wilderness, crystal clear water, and unforgettable views.  Imagine the perfect setting on the east shore of Flathead Lake: a quaint cozy beach house nestled on a level gravel beach with a natural rock promontory. Kayaks, paddle boards, and umbrellas are playfully scattered on the beach. The jet skis rest patiently on lifts astride the covered dock protecting the boat also ready to go.

The colorful sunset illuminates the entire scene as you stack the wood in the fire pit.

You will have to decide whether to sleep in the cabin, listening to the gentle lap of the water on the beach or head up to the amenities of the gorgeous main residence.

(Main Residence Featured Above & Below)

Between the main house, beach house and bunk room above the garage there are 6 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms. With 2.3 acres to roam on and 225′ of Flathead Lake frontage, this extraordinary property is a destination location.

(Beach House Pictured Above)

Although completed just over 12 years ago, the home feels as though it has been here for decades. Extensive use of rock and timber accentuate the detail and quality throughout the space. Fine local woodwork!

13697 Sylvan Drive, Bigfork, MT

Offered exclusively by Tom & Katie Brown

406.253.3222

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The Spring Home Buying Frenzy – What’s Happening In Your Market?

It’s that time of year again. The spring market is in full swing and crowds of buyers are fighting over their dream house—or at least the closest thing to it, considering this year’s nationwide inventory shortage isn’t leaving many options.

Listings in good condition tend to get multiple offers this time of year, and buyers are putting forth their strongest submissions—cash offers, over-asking, fast closings, no contingencies, etc.

Cited from  RISMedia “Submitting Creative Bids During the Spring Market Frenzy” read the complete article here.

Across Western Montana, gross Residential and Land Sales are up.
Below are some highlights from our QUARTER 1, 2018 MARKET WATCH:
  • Bigfork Residential Gross Sales were up 97.6% 
  • Columbia Falls Residential Average Days on Market decreased from 145 days to 128 days
  • Kalispell had over $43.9 million in gross Residential Sales in Quarter 1 of 2018
  • Lakeside Gross Land Sales were up 185%
  • Whitefish Gross Residential Sales exceeded $40.4 million in the 1st quarter
  • Missoula Gross Land Sales were up 121%
  • Ravalli County Gross Residential Sales increased 73% 

Click here or the image below for the complete MARKET WATCH.

FEATURED LISTING

1171 Lake Pointe , Bigfork, MT 59911

Enjoy the unobstructed, ever-changing views of beautiful Flathead Lake and observe wildlife on the bordering wildlife refuge, all from the covered back patio of this custom-built Montana Modern home in the private, gated Lake Pointe Community. Rough-sawn hickory floors, a reclaimed wood barn door, and custom Knotty Alder cabinets and doors pair with a custom – made metal stair railing and modern chandeliers to produce an inviting home.

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The First Of Its Kind In Rural America

The first of its kind in rural America, A.L.E.R.T transports individuals who are critically injured, even in remote areas. Before 1975 this was not an option in Montana, now this program has flown more than 18,000 missions and saved more than 1,525 lives in the past 42 years.

This unique air ambulance picks up patients in the backcountry, roads/highways and facilities, unlike other helicopters that just pick up at other hospitals. A.L.E.R.T will dispatch without confirmation of ability to be paid, they will not charge a patient if air transport was not needed and they accept the insurance coverage a patient does have and does not bill them for the full balance of the charge!

This incredible program is made possible by dedicated and highly trained flight teams, nurses & paramedics. A.L.E.R.T is able to provide this valuable and life-saving service through community support & board members. The annual A.L.E.R.T banquet in addition to generous financial support from community donors has sustained the program for more than 40 years.

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty and many of our agents have been long time donors and supporters of this program. And we are proud to announce we are a 2018 Mt. Aneas sponsor at this years banquet, held at the Flathead County Fairgrounds, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

“We are proud that Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is a supporter of the amazing A.L.E.R.T Flight program. The dedicated and skilled pilots, doctors, and nurses are saving lives daily and can be almost anywhere in our valley, and mountains, within minutes.  This is such a benefit to all of us living and visiting this area and we wholeheartedly support it!” Katie Brown 

Several of our agents are featured above at last years A.L.E.R.T annual banquet.

To learn more about this program and how to be involved click HERE!

Sharing This Amazing State

Originally born in the small town of Attleboro, Massachusetts Crystal Ault spent her weekends as a child at Cape Cod developing a deep love for the ocean.

In 1996 Crystal permanently relocated to Missoula, Montana where she has since dedicated herself to her community and family.

Crystal’s husband is currently a Battalion Chief at the Missoula Fire Department, and this gives her particular insight to the services needed in her community.

“I feel like anyone who has anything at all to give should give on some level.  Missoula has an abundance of non-profits so it’s easy to find one that pulls at your heart.   I’ve never lived in a place that has a bigger heart than Missoula.”

Missoula is known for its modern and cultural vibe while preserving tranquility and outdoor recreation. There is an abundance of fine dining, art, fishing, education & sports.

“I love The Depot restaurant here in Missoula, but you can also often find my family at Ciao Mambo or Biga Pizza.  Both have excellent Italian food and a great family-friendly atmosphere.”

Over the years Crystal has shared in many valuable real estate experiences including making the switch from her previous brokerage of 16 years to Managing Broker of the Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Missoula office.

“One young family I sold a home to when they were just starting out listed that home last summer because their kids had all grown and were moving off to college and they wanted to downsize and be closer to town.  It’s always amazing to see things come full circle and to be able to be a part of it over the years.   I also helped a couple from Massachusetts discover Montana and find their dream retirement home.  It’s great to have an instant connection with people and be able to share all that I love about this amazing state and watch them fall in love with it too.”

Crystal strongly believes in being involved in the community she loves to serve. When she is not listing, selling or helping buyers with home or land purchases, you can find her with her husband and two young children, enjoying the very thing that sets Montana above all other places. The amazingly beautiful outdoors, equestrian shows with her young daughter, 4 wheeling with her son, or just soaking up the view she is blessed with.

FEATURED LISTING

Incredible opportunity to own a little slice of Montana in a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath home with main floor living, yet also includes a fantastic 2 bed, 1 bath apartment for in-laws, teens, extended stay visitors or rental income! Situated on just under 7 acres in the gorgeous Rock Creek Valley, this is a great set up for animals and a quick 20-minute commute to Missoula! Offered at $439,900

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Learn more about Crystal and what sets her apart as a Real Estate Professional at http://crystalault.glaciersir.com/

High-Resale Value Projects You Can Tackle In a Weekend (RISMedia)

“There’s no place like home,” as the old saying goes. That’s especially true when it comes to an investment.

You live in and love your home, but there might come a time when you have to leave it. And when that time comes, you’ll want to get as much money as you can for your property so you can move onward — and upward.

In order to increase your abode’s value, you might think you have to put in a ton of time, effort and money, but that’s not entirely true. Instead, you can take on weekend projects over time to spruce the place up so when it’s time to sell, you have a completely updated property that’ll end up selling itself.

Ready to get to work? Roll up your sleeves and start on one of the following five weekend projects.

1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Buyers expect kitchens to be updated. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sleek flooring all make a space feel modern. Obviously, these changes require a lot of money and, sometimes, a lot of time. That’s why you can tackle it in bits and start first with your cabinets.

(Photo from custom home with extensive remodel & expansion completed in 2006, for sale in Somers, MT)

Old wooden cabinets with equally dated hardware — think oak doors with shiny brass handles — don’t require a complete gut job. Instead, spend a weekend repainting them a more neutral hue. Finish the project off with new metallic knobs and pulls to complete the modernized look.

2. Make the Eye Go up With Crown Molding

Most homes have roughly the same ceiling heights, but there’s a little trick to make yours look bigger — crown molding. Yes, that white line at the top of your painted walls will draw eyes upward, making the room appear airier than it may very well be.

(Photo from a stunning 5 bedroom home with private, expansive deck near Iron Horse Golf Community in Whitefish)

3. Boost Curb Appeal — and Backyard Bonuses

No one will come in your home unless the first impression is stunning. Another DIY project should be a landscape overhaul of your front yard. It can be something as simple as adding a path of pavers to your front yard or sprucing up your flowerbeds with colorful blooms. All of this will catch the eye of potential buyers — and fatten up the bottom line of the offers they make.

Another easy fix — your garage door. If it’s street-facing, it’s another area for prospective buyers to look at, and it has a great return on investment.

(Photo from urban style home for sale in Somers, with 18′ insulated glass panel garage door)

You don’t have to stop with the front of your home. Especially if you live in a climate that permits lots of outdoor activity, you’ll want a backyard to match. Some may require you rent or buy tools for landscaping and other applications, but imagine the payoff with, for example, the beauty of a functioning fire pit in your backyard. Not only will you be able to enjoy it while you’re still living in your home, but potential buyers will easily be able to envision themselves sitting around a fire.

4. Beautify the Bathrooms

Bathrooms have a big effect on buyers. They expect clean, modern updates, just like in the kitchen. Overhauling your powder room is an easy weekend task that might require small swaps, such as a new modern light fixture over the vanity or a new vanity altogether.

Your full bathrooms will require a bit more attention if you want them to be up to snuff. Again, look in the familiar places:

  • Lighting fixtures
  • Cabinets
  • Hardware
  • Countertops
  • Tile

Feature photo from active custom renovated log home listing in Libby, MT!

To read #5 and the complete RISMedia article click here!

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