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

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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4 1/2 City Lots in Clyde Park w/ US 89 Coverage

TBD 5th Ave, Clyde Park, Park, Montana, United States 59018

Oppoprtunity abounds to the entrepreneur looking to start a business in Clyde Park, MT! These 4 1/2 city lots on the main drag spanning .311 acres total offer many uses to cater to your needs, Commercial or Residential! These level lots are in a convenient location with prime US 89 frontage and have city water in place, electrical and a septic system.

1900's House 3 Bed/2 Bath on 8.45 Acres

6550 Farm to Market Rd, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

Welcome to your quintessential 1900's Montana retreat! Once the last stagecoach stop before Canada in the 1890s, this property exudes Montanan nostalgia while maintaining its incredible condition. This charming 1949 SqFt rancher offers the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. The 3 Bed/2 Bath home nestled on a sprawling 8.

Downtown Columbia Falls House on 4 City Lots

218 7th Street, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

Unique Property with Mountain Views in Columbia Falls This exceptional home on four city lots in Columbia Falls offers stunning mountain views and versatile zoning for multi-family and overnight rentals. Key Features: Spacious Lots: Four city lots provide ample space for development or expansion. Beautiful Views: Enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas from your home.

Rancher w/Shop on over 2 acres, Whitefish

425 Texas Ave, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

Featured in House Beautiful in 1968, this timeless Gorgeous Rancher invites you to step back in time. Nestled just outside Downtown Whitefish on nearly 2.5 acres, it offers a large, covered deck for enjoying the tranquility and privacy of rural living amidst mature landscaping. Four-bedroom home, 1.75 baths, thoughtfully designed built-ins, two fireplaces, and exquisite finishes.

3 Bed/2 Bath Home in Columbia Falls

1709 Tamarack Lane, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

This quaint 3 bed 2 bath homes is nestled in the trees right off Tamarack Lane. Just a short drive from all that Columbia Falls has to offer (within minutes to Meadow Lake Resort and 25 minutes to the entrance to Glacier National Park. This home sits on a 1 acre lot with many old growth trees to give you lots of privacy.

2 Bed/2 Bath Condo Near Hospital & More, Whitefish!

258 Blackberry Loop, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath with loft townhome located in beautiful Whitefish Montana. This clean unit has upgraded light colored cabinets to help brighten the interior and has a finish heated 2 car garage. It's also located close to the clubhouse and workout facility for easy access.

Duplex in Convenient Kalispell Location

2131/2133 Teal, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

Southwest side of Kalispell Duplex for sale. This duplex was built in 2001 and has 2 units, each with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a 1 car garage. Property features underground sprinklers, back yard patio, washer dryer hook ups, sidewalks and streetlights. This is a corner lot with close proximity to schools, stores and the Hwy 93 bypass.

1782 Sq Ft Home on 3 Acres!

300 Pleasant Valley, Marion, Flathead, Montana, United States 59925

Welcome to 300 Pleasant Valley Road in Beautiful Marion, MT! Three acres of wonderfully laid out land that lends itself to be a perfect mini farm. Fenced and cross fenced with multiple outbuildings including a shelter, hay shed, two chicken coops (one is insulated), green house, dog kennels and a storage shed.

Amazing commercial property offered with over 20 years experience!

3630 Highway 93 N, Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States 59901

Amazing commercial property offered with over 20 years experience, the Majestic Valley Arena has played host to equestrian competitions of a national caliber, large banquets, trade shows, expos, rodeos, and concerts.
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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. ?

✔️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

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

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