Mountain Watch releases home sites in Phase Two, “The Woods”

The Woods at Mountain Watch is nestled in mature stands of pine, birch and western tamarack. Design and build your own private hideaway or choose from plans developed exclusively for Mountain Watch. Thoughtful and sensible design guidelines assure the lasting quality and character of this naturally beautiful neighborhood. Full services including water, sewer, electric, and cable are available to every home site. Learn more at http://www.murphyranchandland.com/phase-two.html or call Brian Murphy at 406.890.1681 today!
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Whitefish makes top ten in resort guide

Backed by its affordable prices and small-town vibe, Whitefish Mountain Resort has cracked the top-10 of Ski Magazine’s annual resort guide for the first time ever. Coming in at No. 9 overall, Whitefish scored the most points for its value and service. The magazine uses a reader survey to calculate the results. “The prices aren’t Colorado-glamour-resort high and the service is genuinely small-town friendly, not corporate-training-course cold,” the magazine writes about Whitefish. Resort spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said Whitefish has always been recognized for its value and service, so it’s not surprising that’s where the resort garnered the most praise. She
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Year to date real estate sales in Whitefish

Year-to-date sales in Whitefish reached 294 residential units and 119 pieces of land at the end of August. The average price of the residential sales was $484,855, with a median price of $310,000. Land sales averaged $197,834 with a median price of $131,000. Land sales include everything from lots to large acreages. August 2015 sales were down a bit from August 2014. The sales decline was attributed to a decline in available properties.
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6 Perks a Sparkling Credit Score Will Earn You

Excellence pays off. So you say you’ve got pretty decent credit. You pay your car loan on time—90% of the time. And you meet your minimum monthly payments on all your credit cards, even though you’re close to maxing out a few. As for that personal loan you got while in between jobs? You’re still chipping away at it—albeit five years later. You were left questioning “Can i apply with bad credit” when you were looking for a loan but now things are looking up. You may not have an excellent credit score, but pretty good is good enough, right?
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What is a good credit score?

Do you have a good credit score? It sounds like a simple question, yet you may not know the answer – in fact, you may not even know what your score is. Yet keeping on top of it and understanding how your financial activities affect it may make the difference in whether you are approved for a loan or given a better rate on your insurance. And according to a recent Time Magazine article, good credit scores can save borrowers thousands of dollars in interest on everything from mortgages to auto loans and credit cards. People often ask questions such
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Selling Your Home? Here Are Some Tips

Even when the market is hot, you’ve got to make sure your listing stands out from competing homes. Pictures move the masses and if you’re not careful, they can move prospective buyers away from your listings online. 1) Home buyers love browsing photos on the internet. The more photos you have online the more time a prospect will spend viewing and connecting with your listing. Good quality photos can show off all the special features of your home. 2) When shooting outside, make sure the sun is behind you. The light will act as your own natural “studio light” brightening up
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Retire Here, Not There: Montana

No Montana home would be complete, it seems, without hiking boots, skis and fishing poles. Residents and visitors alike can roam through the Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, ski relatively uncrowded resorts like Bridger Bowl and Big Mountain, or fly-fish in the chilly rapids of the Bitterroot or Yellowstone Rivers. “The scenery and lifestyle here are a huge draw,” says Bill Beecher, a financial planner at Beecher Financial Planning in Great Falls, Mont. So far, at least, that kind of popularity hasn’t led to overdevelopment. In recent years, some residents have been fiercely protective of Montana’s natural resources. Posh ski
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How To Make Your Home Look Larger Without Remodeling

 When Mark Goldey and his wife Lisa decided to lease out their three-bedroom apartment, they rearranged it to entice renters. They de-kidified it, warehousing their two toddlers’ toys in a side TV room, and pushed the TV room couches out to the living room—it may seem counterintuitive, but furniture can actually make a room feel larger.  Their agent, Jason Saft of Citi Habitats, encouraged the Goldeys to display their glass artwork in prominent places that would reflect light around the room and draw attention to the high ceilings. He color-coded the books on the shelves, arranging larger, darker books lower and
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Home Price Index Sees Record Growth

WASHINGTON — Prices for U.S. homes leapt in April, posting record monthly growth and the fastest year-over-year growth in seven years, according to Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller data released Tuesday. With gains in 19 of 20 cities, the 20-city composite index rose 2.5 percent in April, the largest monthly growth on record. The data go back to 2000. After seasonal adjustments, prices rose 1.7 percent in April. Compared with the same period in the previous year, prices in April rose 12.1 percent, the fastest annual pace since 2006, according to the report. Still, the 20-city composite index indicated prices remain about
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Glacier Creates $172 Million in Economic Benefit

Sure signs of spring can be seen in the photo above of Park headquarters. A new National Park Service report shows that approximately 2.2 million visitors to Glacier National Park in 2012 spent $172 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,754 jobs in the local area. “We are honored and proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to Glacier National Park,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “Glacier is a special place and many times visitors travel to Montana specifically to visit Glacier, and are introduced to the many other wonderful amenities that
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