Whitefish real estate Pete Francisco March 2020

Pete​ Francisco sells Whitefish real estate in​ ​the​ ​Flathead​ ​Valley, where he has lived​ ​for​ ​over​ ​17​ ​years.​ ​​ ​After​ ​living​ ​in​ ​Colorado​ ​and​ ​Utah,​ ​his​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​the​ ​outdoors finally​ ​drew​ ​him​ ​to​ ​Montana.​ ​It​ ​didn’t​ ​take​ ​him​ ​long​ ​to​ ​realize​ ​this​ ​was​ ​a​ ​special​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​settled​ ​down​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​area his​ ​home.​ ​Years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​the​ ​service​ ​industry​ ​has​ ​given​ ​Pete​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​well​ ​with​ ​clients​ ​and​ ​connect​ ​with people​ ​quickly.​ ​An​ ​avid​ ​skier,​ ​mountain​ ​biker,​ ​and​ ​fly​ ​fisherman,​ ​Pete’s​ ​enthusiasm​ ​for​ ​outdoor​ ​recreating​ ​has​ ​taken​ ​him​ ​all over​ ​the​ ​valley​ ​and​ ​has​ ​given​ ​him​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​and​ ​expert​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area.​ ​Whatever​ ​your​ ​passion​ ​is,​ ​Pete​ ​would​ ​love​ ​to show​ ​you​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​this​ ​area​ ​special​ ​and​ ​help​ ​you​ ​find​ ​your​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​it. To contact Pete call: 406.270.5908.

State economy saw growth last year

BY DANIEL MCKAY //  WHITEFISH PILOT //  February 18, 2020

The state economy bounced back from stagnation last year with help from western counties and increased construction activity, among other factors, according to economists from the University of Montana visiting last week for the 2019 Economic Outlook Seminar.

State revenues in 2017 were weak due to a stagnant economy in 2016, said Patrick Barkey of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), but 2018 revenues were stronger thanks in part to a surge in construction across the state but particularly in Flathead, Gallatin, and Missoula counties.

The three counties accounted for 75 percent of statewide construction earnings in 2017, with commercial and multifamily projects especially strong. Access to affordable housing remains an issue, as housing-price growth once again outpaced income growth.

Barkey said partial data indicates that 2018 saw continued growth, and that state revenue is off to a good start in 2019. However, this growth has largely missed the agricultural sector, which has faced low prices, drought, fire, and now the prospect of tariff-related disruptions in access to the market. The recently passed federal Farm Bill should help the agriculture industry, he said.

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Revised plan for snow lot likely makes affordable housing project viable

BY HEIDI DESCH// WHITEFISH PILOT // FEB 19, 2020

Constructing roughly 24 homes on the city’s snow lot to provide affordable workforce housing would likely make the project financially feasible, according to an updated analysis of the proposed project.

The City of Whitefish has for many years targeted its snow lot, at the corner of Railway Street and Columbia Avenue, as a potential site for an affordable housing project.

A first analysis of the project designed with both single family homes and rental apartments completed in December, however, showed that the project would have a large funding gap to make up in order to make the project feasible. The city’s Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan Steering Committee deemed that option financially unfeasible and asked Homeword, a Missoula-based nonprofit taped to help design the project, to return with another option.

Read more in the Whitefish Pilot.

Flathead Job FairOutlook 2020: Another Year of Job Growth

A low unemployment rate in the expanding Flathead Valley keeps industries short-handed

BY MAGGIE DRESSER // FLATHEAD BEACON // JAN 2, 2020

As the economy booms in the Flathead Valley, along with the rest of the nation, Montana continues to struggle filling job openings as 2020 arrives.

Job vacancies remain open in the valley while unemployment continues its low trend, contributing to the workforce shortage. Montana’s unemployment rate has hovered between 3 and 4 percent over the last year, with 3.4 percent in November 2019 and 3.7 percent in November 2018. Montana’s unemployment rate is slightly lower than the national average of 3.5 percent.

But a low unemployment rate means employers can’t find workers.

Read more in the Flathead Beacon.

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land and commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Pete Francisco for Whitefish real estate.

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Columbia Falls home on 3 City Lots

432 13th Street W, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

5Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
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3,912Sqft
Large Columbia Falls home on 3 city lots close to Columbia Falls school. Beautifully updated with 5 bedrooms/3 bathrooms and second living area in the lower level. Engineered hardwood flooring on main level entertaining areas and new carpets in the bedroom with fresh paint thru-out. Lots of storage area and many updates with room for your vision.
$665,000

60 Acres With Highway 93 Access

Nhn Highway 93, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

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2,632,240Sqft
Incredible Opportunity for the Growth of North Kalispell. Very accessible 60 acres with Highway 93 access currently zoned SAG-5 with multiple successful businesses surrounding property.
$4,000,000

Walking Distance to Downtown Whitefish

28 Colorado Avenue Unit J, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
28Picture(s)
1,543Sqft
Great investment! Very well maintained luxury condo within walking distance to downtown Whitefish. This 1,560 sq. ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, unit has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinetry, and custom lighting and fixtures throughout. The full master bath suite has a jacuzzi tub and custom tile and stone work.
$465,000

1910 home fully remodeled

9 6th Avenue W, Polson, Lake, Montana, United States 59860

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
34Picture(s)
1,360Sqft
Centrally located 3 bed 2 bath in the heart of down town Polson. This 1910 home has been fully remodeled down to the studs. Updates include: All new windows, roof, plumbing, electrical, flooring and paint throughout. The kitchen has granite countertops, hand built cabinets and all new appliances. Property is also zoned commercial.
$269,000

Excellent Location Minutes to Downtown Cfalls

NHN Kelley Road, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

10Picture(s)
4.30Acre
Beautiful Views from your future home site. Property has been perk tested and waiting your plans. 4.3+/- acre tract with driveway off Kelley road allows for many possibilities. No Covenants or Zoning, bring your four legged friends. Excellent location within 15 minutes to Glacier National Park or the International airport, and still minutes to downtown Columbia falls.
$258,000

215 Acres just outside of Whitefish

1201 Kuhns Road, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

2Bathroom(s)
1Picture(s)
2,504Sqft
Rare Opportunity to own approximately 215 Acres just outside of Whitefish! The Stillwater River meanders through this property which also borders 1200 acre Kuhns Wildlife Preserve to the West, which boasts plenty of wildlife. The ranch offers a number of options for building sites. The property offers an older home with outbuildings which would offer great guests or caretaker quarters.
$4,000,000

Nightly, Weekly Rental in Whitefish!

89 Limber Pine, Whitefish, Flatrhead, Montana, United States 59937

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
29Picture(s)
896Sqft
Enjoy the solitude and seclusion of Northwest Montana in this cozy condo close to the resort community of Whitefish, Montana. Listen to the breeze in the trees as you drink coffee on the private deck or sit by a roaring fire with a good book in the living room.
$284,000

Land For sale

Nhn Kelley Road, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

12Picture(s)
8.60Acre
Beautiful Views from your future home site. Property has been perk tested and waiting your plans. 8.6+/- acre tract with driveway off Kelley road allows for many possibilities. No Covenants or Zoning, bring your four legged friends. Excellent location with 15 minutes to Glacier National Park or the International airport, and still minutes to downtown Columbia falls.
$516,000

Beautiful 40+ acres in Desirable Gated community of Whitefish Hills

200 Whitefish Hills Drive, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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40.59Acre
Beautiful 40+ acres in Desirable Gated community of Whitefish Hills. Privacy and seclusion included, just bring your dream home plans and your horses. Whitefish Hills offers amenities including private access to Blanchard Lake and miles of walking and or equestrian trails to enjoy the beauty of Montana, all within 6 minutes to downtown Whitefish.
$1,050,000
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Nate Chute Foundation

Nate Chute FUNdraiser March 14-15, 2020

Now in its 7th year, this fundraising campaign provides direct support for the Nate Chute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to suicide prevention efforts in the Flathead Valley and beyond.

On March 14th and 15th, 2020, Whitefish Mountain Resort will host the 21st Annual Nate Chute, the second-longest running snowboard banked slalom in the US, and the third-longest in North America.

This “Contest for a Cause” partners with the Nate Chute Foundation to emphasize the importance of suicide prevention education, awareness, and outreach in our community.

Together, WMR, NCF, and YOU can help fight this epidemic.

Riders and supporter are encouraged to JOIN THE TEAM and raise money to support NCF’s mission and programs.

Click here for details.

The Baker Avenue pedestrian underpass project

Whitefish appears to be keying in on an option for what the Baker Avenue pedestrian underpass might look like.

WGM Group last week presented City Council during its work session with preliminary cost estimates for a few choices related to the underpass that is planned to span under Baker near the O’Shaughnessy Center west connecting to the city’s path off of Railway Street to Depot Park.

Council seemed to favor an option that is estimated to cost about $1.63 million to construct the underpass. Under that option, a concrete structure would be used for then underpass with vertical interior walls 20 feet wide by 10 feet in height.

Read more in the Whitefish Pilot.

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