Pete Francisco Whitefish Real Estate December 2020

Pete Francisco

Pete​ ​has​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Flathead​ ​Valley​ ​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.

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 Pete Francisco, your Whitefish RE/MAX real estate agent at   (406) 862-9000 or (406) 270-5908

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One of A Kind In Meadow Lake Resort

740 Seminole Lane, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
59Picture(s)
2,275Sqft
One of a kind in Meadow Lake Resort on the 2nd Green. Park like setting with beautiful landscaping and very private large lot. Custom features include new flooring, new paint throughout, granite counters, gas fireplace three bedroom, 2.5 bath and room for expansion.
$949,900

Multiple Uses Available With Light Industrial Highway Zoning

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

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435,600Sqft
Multiple uses available with Light Industrial Highway zoning. Zoning allows for multiple opportunities including but not limited to Accessory apartments, Sales, hotels, light assembly and manufacturing, Microbrewery, parks, Restaurant and offices. (See documents for full list of uses) Take in the gorgeous views of valley and mountains.
$1,500,000

Cute Little Cabin On 20 Acres Trego MT

NHN Iron Lord Rd, Trego, Lincoln, Montana, United States 59934

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0Acre
Cute little cabin on a mostly parked out 20 acres in Trego Montana. No power or water to this almost completed cabin in the woods. Wired for power and plumbing and with generator hook up, this insulated 20x24 cabin has a wood stove and lots of character. Great hunting near by and not far to the Trego Café & store.
$250,000

Single Level Home At Village Greens

168 W Nicklaus Ave., Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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1,565Acre
First time on the market! Well taken care, single level home on 6th hole at Village Greens. This 2 bed 2 bath has views of the golf as well as the surrounding mountains. Spacious two car garage with additional golf cart garage door entry.
$549,000

Beautiful Property In The Heart of Montana's Lolo Forest

211 Campfire Trail, Superior, Mineral, Montana, United States 59872

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24.10Acre
Beautiful property in the heart of Montana's Lolo Forest. This property offers the privacy & rustic charm of rural Montana w/the convenience of being within 8 miles of Superior. Western Border of National Forest, this property can be accessed year round with a publicly maintained road and also includes a network of private roads and trails.
$239,900

Charming Home In Convenient Kalispell Location

184 Ali Loop, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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2,682Sqft
This 4 Bed/2 Bath home has stunning custom details, including upgraded insulation, a 26' deep garage with oversized doors, a finished bonus room over the garage, gorgeous stamped concrete around the exterior including a patio area with pergola and beautiful concrete countertops with inlaid rocks to name a few. Fully landscaped and fenced with underground sprinklers.
$739,000

A Multi-Purpose Property—Business and Pleasure!

612 1st Ave., Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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1,157Acre
A MULTI-PURPOSE PROPERTY—BUSINESS AND PLEASURE. Charming 2 bedroom/2 bath home located in the heart of Columbia Falls, known as ''Gateway to Glacier.'' Real-wood floors, vaulted ceiling, and large windows are just a few of many features that make this home special.
$489,000

20+ Acre Property in Polson

42880 Eli Gap Road, Polson, Flathead, Montana, United States 59860

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
41Picture(s)
1,062Sqft
20+ acre property surrounded by stunning views that only Montana has to offer. This fully fenced 20+ acres offers a 4 bed 3 bath partially remodeled mobile home as well as a 30ft x 50ft pole barn/shop, RV pad with sewer and electrical hookups and 2 story shed. Property also has seasonal creek and canal.
$519,000

Great Open Lot Almost 5 Acres

2712 Helena Flats Road, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

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4.99Acre
Great open lot almost 5 acres that boasts Columbia Mountain range views as well as views of Whitefish Mountain Resort. The lot offers convenient proximity to Glacier International Airport as well as quick commute to Columbia Falls and Kalispell. Light covenants to maintain quality of the neighborhood.
$345,000
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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.