Corrine Lanfear, your Whitefish RE/MAX agent, December 2020

Corrine DeGolier Lanfear

I have spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest excelling in business management, marketing, and luxury sales. You may also note my experience in renovation, property sales, mortgage, and loan processing. I have combined my real estate passion with my business management and marketing expertise to provide my clients with first-rate service. I will do my best to ensure that your buying or selling experience is simplified, personalized, and to the point.

Real Estate Today

 

By Corrine DeGolier Lanfear|Realtor®️|December 2020

Age-Old Real Estate Selling Tips to Ignore

Homeowners planning to sell their home tend to get unsolicited advice from every direction. “Do this,” “don’t do that”; it can be difficult to decipher the good from the bad advice. As homebuyers become more informed and market-savvy, knowing which age-old advice to
ignore can be important. Here are some adages which should be retired immediately.

• 🚫Spring is the best time to sell – While spring is traditionally when home sales tick upward, the real key to selling is inventory levels. Low inventory means more chances your home will be more desirable, and this can occur any time of the year.
• 🚫The first offer is always the best – While all offers should be considered, don’t feel pressured to take a sub-par offer just because it was the first.
• 🚫Open houses sell houses – Not necessarily. Only 2% of homes sell as the direct result of an open house, according to the National Association of Realtors®. People are more attracted to virtual tours and online photos during these times. Consider a “Virtual Open House,” or scheduled showings on a specific weekend giving a certain end date that all offers must be in by. This will still generate the “buzz” around your property and create some urgency for perspective buyers.
• 🚫Price high so there is room to negotiate – Homebuyers are more sophisticated about pricing and will not bother with overpriced homes.
• 🚫If you don’t want to make repairs then lower your price – Unless you market your home as a fixer-upper, buyers expect the home to be in reasonable condition and a low price might not be enough to encourage an offer. Have your Broker or Real Estate Agent pull a Comparable Market Analysis, considering items such as condition of the property, square footage, amount of rooms, and area the home is located when considering how to price. Most agents have a list of trusted vendors they can suggest for you to make the needed repairs. Small repairs can make a big difference in the final price.
 🚫You must update your kitchen to sell – Buyers do love renovated kitchens, but keep in mind that you typically recover only 81% of the cost of a remodel when selling. Try these simple ideas instead: Keep it clean and uncluttered, possibly a coat of paint or new hardware on the cabinets or an updated backsplash can make a big difference. This will leave the buyer to update to their preferences, which most prefer to do when making a home purchase.

Selling a home is a major life decision. Before you begin the process of listing your home, do your research and make sure the advice you rely on is valid in today’s changing environment and you pair up with an agent you can trust.

Here’s What’s Happening

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Mask Up, Ski Down

Opening week off to a smooth start at Whitefish Mountain Resort, with the ski area earning praise from ‘super seniors’ for its safety precautions

Although Whitefish Mountain Resort’s outdoor operations will run similar to pre-pandemic times, with lift line corrals set up roughly the same, a major difference is that skiers and riders are required to wear face coverings while waiting in line for the chair, as well as while loading and unloading.

That might seem like a straightforward requirement, particularly given that face coverings tend to be standard attire for skiers and snowboarders. But mask requirements during the pandemic have become the subject of a polarizing national debate, and Whitefish Mountain Resort, as well as the city of Whitefish, have gone to great lengths to educate the skiing community on the importance of heeding the requirement this winter… read more

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land, or commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Corrine Lanfear, your Whitefish RE/MAX real estate agent at (406) 862-9000 or (406) 471-5142

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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)
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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)
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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

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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)
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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

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

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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

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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Real Estate Market Trends

The average sales price in Whitefish, Flathead Valley as a whole, Kalispell, and Columbia Falls of a single-family residence in November for the past 3 years is depicted in the graphs below. The only downward trend in NMAR’s latest data is the average number of days on market for Flathead Valley homes—yet another indicator of a bustling real estate market.

 

THE FARMHOUSE INN AND KITCHEN

A luxury bed and breakfast and farm to table style Bakery and Café featuring produce, meats etc from farms in the area. More info…

28 Lupfer Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937

(406) 730-2666

Recipe of The Month

 

 

Here is a simple recipe you can cozy up to:

Ingredients:
✔️ 4 cups apple cider
✔️ 1 bottle (750 ml) red wine of your choice
✔️ ¼ cup honey
✔️ 2 cinnamon sticks
✔️ Juice, zest, and peel from 1-2 oranges depending on your taste
✔️ 4 cloves
✔️ 3-star anises

Directions:
✔️ Combine all ingredients except the orange peel in a large saucepan.
✔️ Bring to a boil and then let the mix simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
✔️ Pour mulled wine into mugs and add the orange peel for garnish.

Recipe adapted from Food Network.