Nikki Marengo, your Whitefish RE/MAX agent, December 2020

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Nikki Marengo was raised in a small town in Central Washington. Growing up in a rural setting and enjoying the area’s rivers, trails and mountains, Nikki knew she needed to settle somewhere surrounded by nature. Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley was the perfect fit. Nikki moved to Kalispell and began her real estate career in 2013 by assisting Brian Murphy. She readily fell in love with the art of matching homes with buyers and sellers. Nikki’s fondness for people inspires her to go above and beyond the expectations of her clients. Her main objective is making others happy and that is why real estate has become more than a profession­–it’s a passion. Let Nikki help you with the next adventure in your life, whether it’s finding a home on the golf course or selling your cabin in the woods.

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

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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

Lovely Home In Happy Valley

230 Goat Trail, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
23Picture(s)
2,640Sqft
Lovely 4 bedroom 3 bath home with GREAT mountain views and attached oversized 2 car garage on .49 acres. This roomy home Features a walk out basement with family room, bath, 3 of the bedrooms and storage/office space and laundry room. And leads to a nice yard with trees and raspberry bushes.
$747,000

Waterside Condo Offered Turn-key In Lakeside

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

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
40Picture(s)
1,384Sqft
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.
$841,000

Mountain Watch in Meadow Lake Resort

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

9Picture(s)
18,295Sqft
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 has amazing views of the third fairway of Meadow Lake Golf Course and an amazing back drop of Bad Rock Canyon and Swan Range.
$199,000

Investment Opportunity In Columbia Falls

10 11th Street W, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

5Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
52Picture(s)
2,900Sqft
Amazing location with this charming rancher with proximity to Marantette Park and within 4 blocks from the public pool, coffee shops, parks, walking paths, the library, grocery, downtown and the Community/Farmers Market.
$675,000

Amazing Country Setting Near Whitefish

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

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
67Picture(s)
3,738Sqft
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.
$1,499,000

Turn-Key Full Service Resort in Bigfork

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

65Picture(s)
150,543Sqft
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.
$5,800,000

48.2 Beautiful Acres In Three Parcels

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

13Picture(s)
48.20Acre
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.
$399,000
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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.