Chuck Werk Real Estate in Whitefish, November 2020

Chuck Werk

Re/max Rocky Mountain Real Estate would like to warmly welcome Charles “Chuck” Werk to our sales team. Chuck is a native Montanan growing up on a ranch in Eastern Montana. He attended the University of Montana and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business. Settling in the Flathead Valley in 1987, he has spent the past 30+ years as a local banker specializing in Real Estate and Commercial Lending. Chuck would like to put the relationships he has established and his background in finance to work for you, helping find or sell your property.

Real Estate Today


By Corrine DeGolier Lanfear|Realtor®️|November 2020

Should You Accept the Previous Buyer’s
Inspection Report?

Sometimes a house falls out of contract. Most buyers assume that it is related to a bad home inspection, but there are many reasons for a home to come back on the market that are unrelated to the condition of the home. During the contingency period, most buyers can cancel for almost any reason – or even no reason.

Of course, the listing agent and seller are motivated to get the home back under contract as quickly as possible and may offer the previous buyer’s home inspection report to the new buyer. Some may even ask that the new buyer remove their right to a home inspection, based on the one they offer.

If you have been offered the previous buyer’s inspection report, you’re probably wondering if you should accept it and remove that contingency. In a fast-moving seller’s market, it might be tempting, but before you accept the report, there are a few considerations:

• Before accepting the inspection, do your research. Who did the inspection? Is it a reputable, licensed home inspector? Check public review sites for comments and customer satisfaction. Check their license with the issuing board and see if they have had any violations or suspensions.
• Once you verify the company, give them a call. Make sure the inspection is transferable, and that they have performed a comprehensive inspection. Many companies offer both a comprehensive and a simpler, cheaper, visual inspection.
• Finally, read the report carefully. If there are issues discovered, ask for clarification and consider paying for the inspector to meet you at the home to discuss the report in person with you.

Accepting the home inspection might seem like a good idea – both to make your offer more appealing to the seller and to save a few dollars – but before you remove the home inspection contingency, do your homework. Make sure you understand the real condition of the property before you buy it.

Here’s What’s Happening

Winter decorations go up downtown

The iconic red bells and snowflakes hanging from lighted garland went up in downtown Whitefish Sunday morning.

Volunteers spent the morning hanging the winter decorations that have been a tradition in town since sometime in the 1950s. Each year volunteers spend weeks checking the roughly 10,000 bulbs in the decorations and preparing them to light up downtown.

The decorations include 24 snowflakes, 70 wreaths, four snowmen and 47 lighted garland strings.

The tradition began when John Austin, who was president of the Chamber of COmmerce, purchased the wire frames for 20 red bells for $1 a piece. He tasked John Thorson, who owned Flathead Upholstery, with putting new fabric on the wire frames.

Eventually the nonprofit Whitefish Shines took over the effort of maintaining and making sure the decorations decorate the town from late November through Presidents’ Day.

Hanging the lights has become a tradition of its own with volunteers of all ages showing up to assist in putting them up on the Sunday before Thanksgiving each year, no matter the weather. Read more…

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land, or commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Chuck Werk, your Whitefish RE/MAX real estate agent at (406) 862-9000 or (406) 261-9225

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Waterside Condo Offered Turn-key In Lakeside

7175 Unit 1 -103 US HWY 93, Lakeside, Flathead, Montana, United States 59922

Immaculate 2 Bed/2 Bath Waterside condo offered turnkey. Ground level unit (Building #1) with ample windows that offer picturesque mountain and lake views as well as a patio area overlooking the common areas and lake. Recent updates including new granite counters, new flooring, appliances, lighting and paint. Comes with 1/3 interest in a boat slip #8.

Amazing Country Setting Near Whitefish

245 Twin Lakes Rd, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

This amazing Whitefish home sits on 10 acres bordering National Forest with no covenants and no zoning. The home boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and plenty of living space. Numerous upgrades include a remodeled kitchen, new flooring throughout the house and a new roof. To top it off, a downstairs apartment that has its own separate entrance.

Turn-Key Full Service Resort in Bigfork

180 Vista Lane, Bigfork, Flathead, Montana, United States 59911

Selling as Asset only, no financials available at this time. Opportunity to Turn key full service resort, bar, restaurant, tiki bar, event center, 2 boat slips, pool, hot tub, fuel dock, liquor license and much more in the picturesque village of Bigfork, Montana. Located at the North End of the largest freshwater lake, on the pristine waters of Flathead Lake.

48.2 Beautiful Acres In Three Parcels

175 Campfire Trail Parcel B & C, Superior, Mineral, Montana, United States 59872

48.2 beautiful acres in three parcels offers the privacy & rustic charm of rural Montana within 8 miles of Superior and adjacent to Lolo National Forest! It is accessible year around by a publicly maintained road and also includes a network of private roads and trails. Approx. 3 miles from Dry Creek fishing access on the Clark Fork River and blue ribbon trout fishing and water recreation.

24 Acres In Rural Montana

NHN Campfire Trail Parcel C, Superior, Mineral, Montana, United States 59872

24 beautiful acres offers the privacy & rustic charm of rural Montana within 8 miles of Superior and adjacent to Lolo National Forest! It is accessible year around by a publicly maintained road and also includes a network of private roads and trails. May also be purchased with additional 48 acres bordering the South. Approx.

24 Beautiful Acres Superior MT

175 Campfire Trail Parcel B, Superior, Mineral, Montana, United States 59872

24 beautiful acres offers the privacy & rustic charm of rural Montana within 8 miles of Superior and adjacent to Lolo National Forest! It is accessible year around by a publicly maintained road and also includes a network of private roads and trails. May also be purchased with additional 48 acres bordering the North and South. Approx.

Multiple Uses Available With Light Industrial Highway Zoning

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

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.

Jerry's Saloon, RV and Golf Course

205 1st Street S, Fortine, Lincoln, Montana, United States 59918

Jerry's Saloon, RV and Golf Course has been a great spot to spend the day for tourists and locals alike since 1966. Situated on over 20 acres of property and adjacent to forest service land, this entertainment venue is like no other. Full liquor Saloon and restaurant with 7 gaming machines, large indoor room for entertainment in the winter and beautiful outside deck with stage for large events.

Amazing 360 degree views!

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

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.
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Real Estate Market Trends

Virus Playing Part in Booming Ranch Sales in U.S. West

Real estate brokers are experiencing high demand for ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Washington

BILLINGS — The coronavirus is one of the likely factors fueling a boom in large ranch sales in the U.S. West, real estate industry professionals said.

Real estate brokers are experiencing high demand for ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Washington, The Billings Gazette reports.

“It’s the craziest year I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Taylor, director and real estate partner for Hall and Hall, which has offices in Montana and other Western states.

Taylor said buying a ranch is not always a compelling investment because the rate of return can be low. But he is working with buyers who see fewer stable alternatives.

“People look at them as an investment even though the ranching business isn’t good,” Taylor said.

Andy Rahn of Montana Land Source, a website tracking land listings and sales in the state, said factors driving buyers to rural areas can include a “get me out of here kind of mentality” concerning the pandemic.

That mindset may be propelled by fear of social unrest as well as mask and social distancing mandates with which buyers disagree.

Some in the industry theorize buyers believe rural areas are safer from COVID-19, while others said people who already planned to buy property in the future were spurred to action by the pandemic. Read more…


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


Thanksgiving can bring on a lot of stress when you think about how many people you have to impress. And the last thing you want to do is work all day in the kitchen to only produce a mediocre dish. ?


But worry no more!


Here is a quick and easy #pumpkinpierecipe that will leave you with enough time to relax before blowing your relatives’ taste buds away.

✔️ 2 large eggs
✔️ 16 oz. (1 can) unsweetened pumpkin puree
✔️ 14 oz. (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
✔️ 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice)
✔️ 9 in. (1 pack) unbaked pie crust

✔️ Preheat your oven to 425 F/220 C.
✔️ Mix together the eggs, unsweetened pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
✔️ Spread the pie crust on a baking sheet.
✔️ Pour the pumpkin pie mixture over the crust.
✔️ Bake in the pie in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
✔️ After 15 minutes, reduce oven heat to 350 F/175 C. Bake until the pie is set (about 35-40 min.)


(Recipe adapted from