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

By HEIDI DESCH
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

5Picture(s)
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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.
$679,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
1,949Sqft
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.
$1,299,000

Downtown Columbia Falls House on 4 City Lots

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

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
2,240Sqft
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.
$875,000

Rancher w/Shop on over 2 acres, Whitefish

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

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
2,864Sqft
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.
$1,245,000

3 Bed/2 Bath Home in Columbia Falls

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

2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
0Acre
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.
$575,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,378Sqft
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.
$560,000

Duplex in Convenient Kalispell Location

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

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
21Picture(s)
1,816Sqft
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.
$655,000

1782 Sq Ft Home on 3 Acres!

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

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
52Picture(s)
1,782Sqft
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.
$539,000

Amazing commercial property offered with over 20 years experience!

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

50Picture(s)
136,400Sqft
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.
$15,000,000
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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 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. ?

Ingredients:
✔️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

Directions:
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 veganhuggs.com)

Pete Francisco Whitefish Real Estate December 2020

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

 

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.

Here’s What’s Happening

Picture by HUNTER D'ANTUONO

Picture Credit | HUNTER D’ANTUONO

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 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

5Picture(s)
0Sqft
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.
$679,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
1,949Sqft
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.
$1,299,000

Downtown Columbia Falls House on 4 City Lots

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

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
2,240Sqft
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.
$875,000

Rancher w/Shop on over 2 acres, Whitefish

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

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
2,864Sqft
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.
$1,245,000

3 Bed/2 Bath Home in Columbia Falls

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

2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
0Acre
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.
$575,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,378Sqft
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.
$560,000

Duplex in Convenient Kalispell Location

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

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
21Picture(s)
1,816Sqft
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.
$655,000

1782 Sq Ft Home on 3 Acres!

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

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
52Picture(s)
1,782Sqft
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.
$539,000

Amazing commercial property offered with over 20 years experience!

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

50Picture(s)
136,400Sqft
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.
$15,000,000
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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.

Pete Francisco Real Estate in Whitefish, November 2020

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

 

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 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

5Picture(s)
0Sqft
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.
$679,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
1,949Sqft
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.
$1,299,000

Downtown Columbia Falls House on 4 City Lots

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

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
2,240Sqft
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.
$875,000

Rancher w/Shop on over 2 acres, Whitefish

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

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
2,864Sqft
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.
$1,245,000

3 Bed/2 Bath Home in Columbia Falls

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

2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
0Acre
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.
$575,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,378Sqft
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.
$560,000

Duplex in Convenient Kalispell Location

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

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
21Picture(s)
1,816Sqft
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.
$655,000

1782 Sq Ft Home on 3 Acres!

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

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
52Picture(s)
1,782Sqft
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.
$539,000

Amazing commercial property offered with over 20 years experience!

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

50Picture(s)
136,400Sqft
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.
$15,000,000
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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…

 

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.

Ingredients:
✔️ 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

Directions:
✔️ 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 allrecipes.com)

Pete Francisco Real Estate in Whitefish, October 2020

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. To contact Pete call: 406.270.5908.

Real Estate Today

 

By Corrine DeGolier Lanfear|Realtor®️|October 1, 2020

What Home Buyers Are Looking for Now – Office Space

With major employers now stating that their employees will be working from home for the foreseeable future, many homebuyers have adjusted their list of desirables in their next home. Some not only need to plan for a home office space but also need to accommodate the homeschooling or distance learning needs of their children as well.

This is impacting the way homes are marketed and the type of features that have become important to buyers at all price points. Of course, homebuyers with larger budgets have the luxury of seeking homes with extra bedrooms or offices and dens already included. But many buyers need to find space in more creative ways.

The easiest way to add working space is within the bedrooms. This offers the ability to close a door for privacy. Larger bedrooms (both in master and secondary bedrooms) have been a top priority for homebuyers.

Another important feature is an open floorplan which features a Great Room design. For generations, kids have done their homework at the kitchen table, and a spacious kitchen/family room combo makes it easier for home learning without becoming cluttered. Another option for homebuyers is a separate formal dining room that could be converted to a workspace.

With all the changes in working and learning environments for both adults and kids, the home is even more important than ever. As needs change, homebuyers seek different features from their new dwellings.

Here’s What’s Happening

Changes made to highway zoning district

Whitefish has made a list of changes to the WB-2 zoning district along the highway, including removing personal services, which includes hair salons, from the uses allowed in the district.

City Council earlier this month approved the changes to make updates for what is a permitted use and what requires a conditional use permit in the zone.

Council, however, said personal services — like delivery, catering, event planning, recreational guiding, tattoo shops, personal training, and hair or nail salons or spas — shouldn’t be allowed in the zone, even as a conditional use.

Councilor Andy Feury said personal services should not be allowed in the WB-2 zone because the nature of those businesses means they often operate on a smaller scale and require being located inside a larger building with other such shops.

“There is a lot of places in the city where they can operate,” he said. “Previous discussions were that we didn’t want those businesses [in the WB-2]. They are a catalyst for strip malls.

Previously, hair salons had been allowed by obtaining a conditional use permit but Council decided that would no longer be the case for the WB-2 zone. Any current hair salons in the zone would be grandfathered in… Read more…

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land, or commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Pete, 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

5Picture(s)
0Sqft
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.
$679,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
1,949Sqft
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.
$1,299,000

Downtown Columbia Falls House on 4 City Lots

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

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
44Picture(s)
2,240Sqft
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.
$875,000

Rancher w/Shop on over 2 acres, Whitefish

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

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
2,864Sqft
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.
$1,245,000

3 Bed/2 Bath Home in Columbia Falls

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

2Bathroom(s)
18Picture(s)
0Acre
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.
$575,000

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

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

2Bathroom(s)
25Picture(s)
1,378Sqft
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.
$560,000

Duplex in Convenient Kalispell Location

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

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
21Picture(s)
1,816Sqft
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.
$655,000

1782 Sq Ft Home on 3 Acres!

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

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
52Picture(s)
1,782Sqft
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.
$539,000