RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Brian Nicodemus, July 2020

Brian Nicodemus RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Brian Nicodemus

Homeownership is a privilege and a responsibility. Even after decades of owning a home, you may still need some help to handle some of its challenges by focusing on the three “M”s of homeownership: maintenance, minimizing expenses and managing debt and risk.

Consider exploring the following:

  1. Do you know the current value of your home? (You can, by obtaining a list of comparable sales in your immediate area, as well as what is currently on the market for sale.)
  2. Have you compared your assessed value for tax purposes to the fair market value in order to possibly reduce your property taxes?
  3. Even if you’ve refinanced in the last two years, can you save money and recapture the cost of refinancing in the length of time you plan to remain in your home?
  4. Have you considered reducing your mortgage debt with low-earning cash reserves that will not be needed soon?
  5. Do you have a record of the improvements you’ve made to your home since you purchased it? Do you know what items can be included?
  6. Have you considered investing in rental homes in good neighborhoods to increase your yields and avoid the volatility of the stock market?
  7. When was the last time you updated your home inventory of personal belongings? Do you have pictures as well as written documentation?
  8. Do you need recommendations of repairmen and other service providers?

This service is part of my point of difference as a real estate professional to provide information to help homeowners not only when they buy and sell but all the years in between too.  My goal is to create lifelong relationships with our customers as their “go to” person whenever they have a real estate question.

My strategy is to provide reliable, consumer-based information about homeownership on a regular basis through email and social networking.  If it benefits you by helping you be a better homeowner, maybe you’ll consider us your real estate professional.

When you don’t know the answers to real estate questions, you know where to get them.

We’re always here to serve your real estate needs. By helping you with the three “M”s of homeownership, we can earn your confidence and trust for the next time you move or a friend of yours needs a recommendation.

If you’d like to have a list of the market activity in your area or any of the other information mentioned, please contact me at (406) 862-9000 or Brian@CatchWhitefish.com. We’re happy to provide it along with informative guides regarding the subjects mentioned.

After months of uncertainty, hospitality businesses feel relief with the park’s reopening in early June

Ever since Glacier National Park’s closure in March, businesses within and outside of its boundaries have sat on pins and needles, waiting for the governor and park superintendent to set a reopening date.

“We’ve been preparing for being able to open at any moment,” Holly DuMay, the director of sales and marketing at Izaak Walton Inn and Eddie’s Café and Mercantile. “We knew we weren’t going to have a lengthy notice.”

Once the park finally reopened on June 8, Eddie’s Café and Mercantile was ready to go, opening just a few weeks after its normal date of Memorial Day Weekend.

“It’s a huge relief that we’re opening as soon as we are,” DuMay said.

Eddie’s, which is operating with coronavirus precautions such as plastic screens and spaced-out tables, received a facelift this winter, with a completely remodeled restaurant, a full-service bar and to-go cocktails.

“You can take a cocktail to-go and just sit on the beach at Lake McDonald,” DuMay said. Read more…..

Thousands gather at City Beach for the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show over Whitefish Lake. (Heidi Desch/Whitefish Pilot file)

By Heidi Desch
Whitefish Pilot | June 22, 2020 9:10 AM

Fourth of July fireworks show canceled, arts festival still happening

 

The annual fireworks show over Whitefish Lake on the Fourth of July has been canceled.

The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce made the decision last week to cancel the event after failed attempts over the past month to relocate the show to a location that would allow for social distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event typically draws upwards of 5,000 people to City Beach.

Chamber Executive Director Kevin Gartland said the chamber has been working steadily to make the show happen, but it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible.

“In the current situation it just wasn’t feasible,” he said. “And all the alternatives we considered had flaws that just wouldn’t be possible to overcome.”

The annual event is sponsored by the chamber and supported through private donations.

Gartland said the chamber explored two other possible locations at Big Mountain Ranch and at Smith Fields, but both of those had challenges that couldn’t be overcome including that holding the fireworks show over land rather than the lake increased the cost up to $7,000.

“When fundraising for it, half our donors are private individuals on Whitefish Lake who contribute to the show to view it from their properties,” he said. “We didn’t want to dig ourselves into a big hole with the extra cost.”

The Fourth of July parades in both Kalispell and Bigfork have already been canceled. Read more…

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land or commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Brian Nicodemus, your Whitefish RE/MAX real estate agent.

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215 Acres just outside of Whitefish

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

2Bathroom(s)
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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

Land For sale

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

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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

Wooded, Spacious Lot Located Close To Columbia Falls

121 Mountain Timbers Drive, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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0.81Acre
Enjoy Montana living at its best with this wooded, spacious lot located close to Columbia Falls. Build your dream home within a 30 minute drive to Glacier National Park, 25 minutes to GPI airport and an hour away from Whitefish Mountain Resort. Power and telephone are at the site and septic has been approved.
$87,500

Live and work in a gorgeous setting!

255 Scenic Ridge Road, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

5Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
22Picture(s)
3,158Sqft
Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from this original manufactured home with 3 bedroom, 2 bath with an updated addition including separate living area with two bedroom and 1 bathroom. Home has mature landscaping on five acres, koi pond with bridge and multiple outbuildings. Zoned light industrial which lends itself to a unique opportunity to live and work in a gorgeous setting. More photos to come.
$539,000

Amazing 360 degree views!

Sherman Road, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

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0Acre
Remarkable 130 Acres! Build your dream home and horse property on a Mountain top with 360 degree views of Big Mountain, Flathead Lake, Swan Range and Glacier National Park. Gated log entrance leads you through this one of a kind property. Two wells in place and multiple roads roughed in for amazing home locations. See virtual tour for more information.
$2,300,000

Beautiful Rancher in North Woods

842 Highland Dr., Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
15Picture(s)
2,306Sqft
This beautiful Rancher sits on a forested 1.5 acre lot in the highly desirable neighborhood of NorthWoods just minutes from Whitefish Mountain Resort and Downtown Whitefish. This home features a large, private back porch, stainless steel appliances and a brand new 4 Bedroom septic system installed March of 2020.
$624,000

Prime Commercial Highway Frontage

Church Drive, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

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37.63Acre
Location, location, location!!! Prime commercial highway frontage with easy on and off access from Church Drive in the fast growing North Kalispell 93 stretch. Multiple opportunities with B-3 zoning . High visibility and traffic between Whitefish and Kalispell and new commercial going in across Church. Multiple opportunities exist.
$4,000,000

Great building Lot!

1037 Timber Ridge Court, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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0Acre
Gorgeous Subdivision located conveniently off Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Perched on a bench overlooking the Swan Mountain Range and Badrock Canyon, Timber Ridge features mountain views, large lot, community water and a forested building site. Timber Ridge offers walking trails and a country feel.
$119,000

Quiet Neighborhood of Meadow Lake

1006 St. Andrews Dr., Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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0.27Acre
Nice lot with level building envelope in the quiet neighborhood of Meadow Lake. Enjoy the ease of being near amenities and in a convenient location between Columbia Falls and Whitefish! Call Nikki Marengo today at 406.862.9000 or your real estate professional for more info.
$135,000
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Seeking a Safe Haven

Realtors have “never been busier” as out-of-area homebuyers flood the Flathead Valley

After spending eight years in Chicago, 46-year-old physician Robert Valleau grew tired of the city life.

He was burned out from the bar-and-restaurant, shopping-and-museum scene of Michigan Avenue, the explosive taxes and his box-sized apartment. He preferred fresh mountain air to bustling city streets. But most of all, he wanted to get away from people. To learn more…

You know, there’s more to Whitefish, Montana than just breathtaking scenery, a great ski hill, abundant wildlife and a spectacular alpine lake.  But there’s no ignoring the obvious … the #1 attraction that brings visitors to our city – the Great Outdoors – also fuels an active lifestyle for residents that is second to none. Get outside!

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