Monthly Archives June 2015

Business Leaders Nurture Tourism: Trade Mission Aims To Bolster Recreational, Medical Opportunities

WHITEFISH – With an eye toward promoting recreational and medical tourism in the region, Flathead Valley business leaders traveled to Canada last week to foster a stronger partnership with their neighbors to the north. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who organized the economic trade mission, said its impetus was to build on Montana’s existing trade relationship with Canada by reaching out to industry officials and meeting in real time. Baucus said he expects the trade mission and others like it will bring more nonresident buyers into the state, as well as create new jobs and boost business opportunities. “Helping businesses create
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Best Ski Resort Towns For Real Estate Investing

By Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President  | June 10, 2014 With the busyness and stress of the holidays over — except for maybe that Christmas credit card bill that needs to be paid — it may be time to get away from it all by going on a ski vacation in a snowy mountain resort town. Those who make such a post-holiday trip into an annual tradition might consider buying real estate in their favorite mountain resort town so they have a place to stay each year without racking up mammoth hotel fees on top of the cost of airline
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Battle Over Flathead Water Rights Faces Specter of Litigation

Tribes are reviewing legal options; state representative says issue will likely go to court. In 34 years, Montana lawmakers have approved 17 out of the 18 water rights compacts to come before the Legislature, counting settlements for the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which recently cleared the House on their way to the governor’s desk. The only compact that legislators have rejected since the Montana Reserved Water Rights Commission was established in 1979 is an expansive agreement to forever settle the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ water rights on and off the Flathead
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Whitefish Ranks First For Ski Resort Town Real Estate Investment

RealtyTrac set out to find the best ski resort town for real estate investing. They sifted through housing and economic data for resort towns with some of the nation’s top ski resorts — as defined by extensive data analysis by their friends over at Zrankings — to come up with a list of top ski resort towns for real estate investing. Below is the list of criteria used, along with the winners.
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Achieving Proper Pricing for Your Montana Property

How do we determine the price for your property? We walk through your property and the home in person. We cannot begin the research required to determine market value without first seeing the real property firsthand. We know the areas comparable to your area. A 4-bed, 2-bath home in Columbia Falls, for instance, does not compare equally with a 4-bed, 2-bath home in Bigfork. Our agents have the tools and knowledge to determine the differences in value anywhere in the Flathead Valley. We prepare what is called a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) on your property. This analysis compares your property
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10 Home Design Choices That Cut Costs, Not Quality

Value-engineering a home is a tricky operation, since it is easy to remove critically important features and amenities that could be deal-breakers for potential buyers. However, in this market, keeping prices competitive generally means rethinking design decisions made prior to the recession. Here are some ways to value-engineer your home to cut prices down while keeping design standards high. 1. Bring the fireplace inside. Historically the wood-burning fireplace was a brick chimney located on an outside wall extending to the roof. As the fireplace evolved into a gas or electric appliance, projecting the firebox outside the wall can only be justified if
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