Pete Francisco, Whitefish RE/MAX Agent, February 2021

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

 

Log home in Lakeside, MT

By Corrine DeGolier Lanfear|Realtor®️|February 2021

 

Home Sellers Quick Guide

  • Research the Best Time to Sell – In the current market, the time is now!
    • Make Repairs – Repairing anything that needs some fixing or whatever seems problematic, will definitely speed up the selling process of your home. Keep receipts for proof of work done.
    • Find a Real Estate Agent – you want an agent that has experience working in the area you live in, with a proven track record, and someone who can offer feedback through every step of the process.
    • Pricing Your Home – A comparative market analysis is a document that presents pricing information for homes similar to yours. Your real estate agent can provide you this and give their feedback on it. It will be helpful to know what has worked price wise in your area and what hasn’t.
    • Putting Your Home on the Market – Discuss with your real agent their marketing plan they believe will work best for your home. They should, at the very least,  utilize the Multiple Listing System (MLS), real estate websites, social media, reach out to other agents, use yard signs if permissible,  advertise in print media and have a virtual tour available for example.
    • Prepare Your Home for Showings – You want your home to look its best when buyers are looking at it. In order for it to be in top condition,  go through each room and clean up clutter. Allow your buyers to imagine themselves living in your house by putting away any personal items.
    • How to Handle Offers – When a buyer makes an offer on your home, they will use a contract to offer up their sale price and any other terms of purchase. You can either accept, reject, or counter the offer that will then lead to negotiation with your agents help. For a successful negotiation: disclose everything, ask many questions, meet halfway on costs when possible and keep in mind your “why” for selling.
    • The Closing – This can take a month or longer depending on they property. Be ready to cooperate with a Title Company, Escrow Officer, Inspectors and Appraisers. A closing agent will finalize the transaction and review the sales agreement. He or she will also collect any last payments from the seller and buyer, will make any adjustments, and makes sure the buyer’s title is recorded in the local records. After this, congrats! You’ve sold your home successfully!
    • Moving Out – Start by getting rid of items that you don’t need by donating and or having a garage sale weeks prior. From there you can see the items that you need and start packing. Get the movers ready and schedule a time for them to be at your home. Separate valuable paperwork and other important things into one box. Do a change of address and forward any medical records if needed. Lastly, walk through your home one last time to see you didn’t forget anything and take inventory of everything you have.

Here’s What’s Happening

Affordable Housing Home in Whitefish MT

By HEIDI DESCH
Editor | February 10, 2021 1:00 AM

Whitefish, other cities, advocate for retaining affordable housing tool

The City of Whitefish, along with representatives of other cities around the state, last week told a Montana House committee that a bill that would effectively put an end to inclusionary zoning would leave them without an important tool in efforts aimed at creating affordable housing.

Whitefish City Councilor Ben Davis, who also serves on the city’s housing committee, told legislators that the community has determined that housing is at a crisis level here and years were spent in the public process to determine that inclusionary zoning is necessary to address the situation. 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)
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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)
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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 January 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.

 

Home for sale

28 Colorado Avenue Unit J, Whitefish, MT 59937

MLS #22015618

Great investment! Very well maintained luxury condo within walking distance to downtown Whitefish.

Call Pete Francisco at 406-270-5908 for more information or your real estate professional.

Recipe of The Month

 

Thumbprint cookie recipe

 

Since it’s the month of love, nothing says “I love you” more than some sweet, delicious, and cute thumbprint cookies! Best of all, they don’t take a lot of effort but taste like you slaved away in the kitchen. ?

Ingredients:
✔️2 cups all-purpose flour
✔️ ½ tsp. Baking powder
✔️ 2 tbs. Almond milk
✔️ ½ tsp. Salt
✔️ ¾ cup margarine, softened
✔️ ½ cup sugar, or sweetener of your choice
✔️ 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
✔️ ⅓ cup assorted jams for the filling
✔️ Optional: Powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/177 C and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. Set aside.
3. Add softened margarine, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond milk to another bowl and mix.
4. Slowly add in the flour/salt mix and combine until a dough is formed. Be careful not to over-mix.
5. Scoop out a half tablespoons worth of dough and roll into a smooth ball. Place all dough balls about 1 ½ inch apart.
6. Make the indent by using your finger (the “thumbprint” mark). Fill each indent with jam, but be careful not to overfill.
7. Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until barely lightly golden.
8. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar.

(Recipe adapted from veganhuggs.com)