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.

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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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Mountain Watch Lot at Meadow Lake Resort

322 Gleneagles Trail, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

8Picture(s)
0.29Acre
Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake's golf course. Mountain Watch provides you with both serenity and natural beauty of Montana plus resort style living at its finest. This lot features .29 acres with views of Bad Rock Canyon, and Swan Range.
$190,000

Nice Development Lot in Whitefish

270 Lake Park Lane, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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2.32Acre
Nice development lot in Whitefish close to State Park lake access, Golf Course and Lion Mountain Trailhead. This 2.32 acre lot has water sewer on Lake Park Lane and Salmon Run.
$1,400,000

Rancher in Whitefish - Sweat Equity Opportunity

230 Fox Farm Drive, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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1,334Sqft
Opportunity for sweat equity. Rancher in Whitefish with a good lay out, solid build and private neighborhood. Bring your hammer and designs. Home is being offered 'as is'.
$417,000

Quintessential Montana Log Home Retreat On Whitefish Lake

100 Scullers Way, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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4,332Sqft
RARE FIND! Take in all Whitefish Lake has to offer with this quintessential Montana log home retreat with over 400' of lake frontage all on four acres! Enjoy the serenity of the lake by the fire pit area or from the back porch & outdoor kitchen area. Excellent fishing location just off the back steps of this 3bed, 2.5 bath house with separate guest home built in 2004 with additional 900+ sq. ft.
$13,900,000

Wonderful 10+ Acre Property In Eureka

262 Mud Creek Road, Eureka, Lincoln, Montana, United States 59917

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
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3,745Sqft
Pride of ownership shows in this Lovely 3745 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 3 bath home with large shop on 10 sub dividable acres. This clean and roomy home has lots of storage everywhere with Red Oak flooring, Central Vacuum, laundry room, upstairs suite, 3 bonus rooms and custom kitchen. Outside the home has Hardie Plank Siding, large cedar decks, 2 car detached garage, large shop and woodshed.
$870,000

Easy Living On Over An Acre in Columbia Falls

62 Tamarack Ridge, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

3Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
64Picture(s)
3,543Sqft
Gorgeous home 3 bedroom with a dedicated office and 4 bath. Easy living on over an acre with the views and serenity of the golf course out your back door. Quiet dead end street surrounded by mature timber creates a country feel but within minutes to Columbia Falls Downtown. Upgraded finishes include granite, stone, fireplace, paved driveway, A/C and new windows. Nightly/weekend rentals O.K.
$899,000

Multi-Family Investment and Development Opportunity in Whitefish

6323 Shiloh Avenue, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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33,977Sqft
Multi-Family investment and development opportunity located in beautiful Whitefish, Montana. Level acreage is set for a sixplex with architectural plans completed, approved by the HOA and Architectural Review Committee and included! All city and county permits are also approved and ready to be pulled, just bring your excavator and interior designer.
$1,595,000

Turnkey Fully Furnished Lake View Unit at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 #228 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
7Picture(s)
682Sqft
Turnkey fully furnished Lake View unit at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake! Interior photos taken are of a similar unit. Enjoy all the amenities The Lodge has to offer including the spa, pool, hot tub, docks and the Boat Club Restaurant. Take in the sunset over the Whitefish Lake on the deck or at the common lake access beach area.
$499,000

Welcome to Lost Creek Drive

365 Lost Creek Drive, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
69Picture(s)
2,528Sqft
Welcome to Lost Creek Drive. Conveniently located between Kalispell and Whitefish off Farm to Market road, Lost creek drive offers country living but close to amenities. Main home is 3 bed 2 bath on 1 acre with wonderful landscaping to provide privacy. Large island in kitchen, open and light living area and large soaking tub in the master.
$599,000
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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.