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  • We’re Good at this, why do more?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Bozeman, Home Selling in Bozeman, Investment Properties in Bozeman  |  June 14, 2013 2:20 PM  |  284 views  |  1 comment


    We’ve had many people tell us how good we are at this “real estate thing” lately – thank you and we are definitely humbled and grateful for the props. 

     

    Montana 406 also seems to take on some new project almost every week – we feel we get towards doing something well that serves our home buyers and home sellers here in Bozeman and then we tweak to add something new that we feel will make our service even better – if we are good at this thing, why?

     

    Because it’s personal – a personal bent to deliver the best to our clients.

     

    Because the work and outcomes belong to us, by choice…and we cannot relax if we intend to always be living and working into our purpose and convictions.

     

    Because the choice to do more and be the best brings a passion to life and work – why do it, if not to be the best at it?

     

    Because if we don’t, someone else will.  Doing less than “more” (and doing it good) means losing.

     

    Because you demand it and care.

     

    Because we’re watching ourselves and integrity includes mastery for the purpose of serving your needs.

     

    Because we can.

     

    Thank you all so much for being a part of what’s happening with Montana 406!

     

    Contact us with anything we can help you with.

  • Keeping my Profession Real (Estate)

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Bozeman, Home Selling in Bozeman, Agent2Agent in Bozeman  |  May 13, 2013 12:04 PM  |  318 views  |  No comments


    I waffle a bit on this “totally, 100% professional” look quite a bit.  I grew up along the east coast, went to college in Virginia, and then after graduation I worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC.  I was always “dressed up” for work and I truly enjoyed it.

     

    As I moved out west, have grown older and am a mother of two, I also started to see the fun in being a bit more casual in my dress and manner.

     

    The bottom line is whether we dress it up or down, if we are not ourselves yet think we can sell ourselves through our dress or manner, we are not staying true and human.

     

    At Montana 406 Real Estate one of my goals is to allow you to know me and to truly humanize your experience of what good and professional real estate representation is like.  That does not always mean we will hit it off with everyone - yet it is those of you who know we are genuinely interested in your interests, and that we have the ability to do a good job for you, that we want to work with and for.

     

    It takes time for all of us to get to know one another and gain confidence in each other’s ability and interest.  To allow us at Montana 406 to assist and serve your southwest Montana real estate needs is the biggest compliment we can ever ask for.  After all, it’s an important endeavor!

     

    My name is PollyAnna and I am a mother, wife, professional Realtor, daughter, sister, lover of great food – travel – and laugher, a cook, friend, philanthropist, rabid hockey and baseball Mom, and more.  Just as much, I enjoy real estate as a business, an investment vehicle, an industry, and for challenging intellectual stimulation.

     

    If I and my team have never met you, we certainly look forward to it….and here are the arenas we specialize in:

    Bozeman Homes for Sale

    Big Sky Homes for Sale

    Bridger Canyon Homes for Sale

     

    Contact us with anything we can help you with.

  • Buying or Selling Real Estate with the “They-lians”

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Bozeman, Home Buying in Bozeman, Home Selling in Bozeman  |  April 24, 2013 11:04 AM  |  505 views  |  No comments

    When I was a young girl I used to love going over to my grandparents’ house.  Everything was fun and I was treated so special as the only granddaughter.

     

    I always in awe as to how much my grandmother knew – to me she was the most connected and informed woman on the planet.  She had an answer for everything and it was really amazing how she knew, and frequently referred to “Them”.  They were doing this to give us a better life, or They were going about something in a way my grandmother didn’t approve of, or They were saying this or that.  Do you have similar memories of people in your life with those connections?

     

    I always used to keep quiet about Them and the fact that my grandmother knew who They were – I did not want to give away her secrets about how she and They knew so much.  I think They were born out of the Kennedy era and the Cuban Missile Crisis…and They are kind of like Bigfoot – you know They are out there, you just have never actually run into one.

     

    Years went by and I did not give it much thought, until I discovered my husband’s grandmother knew Them too!  We get a good chuckle these days and share a quick glance whenever we hear that They (our children know some of Them nowadays too) are out there and on the prowl still.

     

    The amazing part is that They will show up when you are starting to look at selling and/or buying a new home or investment real estate.  All of a sudden, They know the price you should go to market at, or They know what you should be paying for what type of home in any given area.  Beware of the They-lians in this capacity, and listen carefully to the talk that abounds when word gets out you may be buying or selling.

     

    If the They-lians had a real estate brokerage firm, I am almost certain there would be no other real estate professionals in business – They just know more than the rest of us.

     

    All jesting aside for a moment, do consult your real estate professional - a Realtor – when you begin the consideration process of buying or selling a new home or investment property.

     

    Until then, beware of the They-lians!

     

    Contact us with anything we can help you with.

  • To our Home Selling Friends...You'll Pay...

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Bozeman  |  April 1, 2013 12:04 PM  |  344 views  |  No comments


    …good money for brokerage services – and with a good and professional Realtor, you’ll get more than you pay for.

     

    This is a point of conversation for many savvy home sellers…as it should be.  It is not one a good Realtor will shy away from either.  While brokerage fees are not cast in stone (nor is it legal to do so), there are customary amounts/percentages a home seller pays for the services rendered from a broker. The hard part is delivering more than you expect - and that is what we expect of ourselves at Montana 406 and other professional Realtors.

     

    There are clients who would happily pay more for what we do, if they only believed that in fact, our dealings would turn out to be a bargain and worth more than the cost.  One reason people “price shop” so hard is that they do not trust anything that costs more than the cheapest price is worth.

     

    Bear this in mind as well – once a solid real estate professional delivers as much or more than you expect, he/she then must also pay others:

    · The brokerage firm split between the Realtor and their brokerage house

    · The brokerage firm representing the Buyer

    · All taxes – this is “before tax income”

    · All marketing costs

    · All insurances (legal and professional)…and more.  That 6-7% in brokerage fees can quickly diminish into 1-2% back into the hands of your hardworking professional.

     

    The goal is always – “top market dollar, expedited quickly, and with little to no problems” – and in most instances, that is worth its weight in gold.

     

    Beware of the discount deals too.  Too often in the race to charge less, people deliver too little and leave YOUR money on the table.  Likewise, in the race to charge more, they can often forget what it is that people want.  They want more…and better!

     

    Please contact us with anything we can help you with!

  • So....You want to be a Realtor?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Bozeman, Home Selling in Bozeman  |  March 15, 2013 3:05 PM  |  333 views  |  No comments


    It’s official – this is a busy industry, and if one is proficient at it, it’s even busier today.  The Bozeman real estate market has turned for the better this past year and professional Realtors searching for inventory to meet demand.

     

    When decided to jump back into the residential and developer real estate sales business in Bozeman, I thought I would activate my license, hit the office a few days each week, and ease back in – well, think again PollyAnna.

     

    Last Tuesday I had a schedule that included:

    · Office meeting

    · New listings tour

    · Meet potential Seller and hear about his goals

    · Show potential Buyer 5-6 homes, based on her goals

    · Buyer home inspection

    · Meet potential Buyer at a listing

     

    It is all well and good, and yes does fall under the adage of fitting 10 pounds of stuff in the 8 pound bag - and I love it!  However, there is also the other stuff that goes into running a professional real estate practice – business operations and company direction, personnel requirements, finance, marketing plans and executions, technology enhancement and use, and more…

     

    If you have ever entertained the thought or possibility of being a professional service provider and Realtor, please recognize that along with being a great and fun business, it is a business…with many responsibilities that need addressed each day. 

     

    If you are a patron of a Realtor, take a moment to reflect on the many balls a good Realtor juggles each day in order to give high quality service.  It is far more than simply - getting a license, hanging it with a Broker, finding MLS listings to sell a Buyer or some neighborhood folks looking to sell, and depositing a pay check.  To do it with high quality and consistency takes quite a bit of knowledge, skill and expertise, the ability to learn, and the wearing of multiple hats.

     

    To me it is all worth it - I love it and enjoy being of service!

     

    Please contact us with any questions you may have.

     

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  • Uncomfortable and Comfortable

    Posted Under: Home Buying, Home Selling, Investment Properties  |  February 27, 2013 8:58 AM  |  228 views  |  No comments
    It has been fabulous these past few months re-opening a real estate business here in Bozeman, and getting everything set up and gaining momentum once again.  And just so I don’t fool myself, it is still very much a work in progress.

     

    We have been serving multiple clients at any given time these past few weeks and while that is a blessing, it also reminds me of the crazy-busy days many years ago.

     

    One of the big and similar things I see is the discomfort of clients at certain points throughout “the process”, and then the transformation to comfortable as transactions move along and close.

     

    It is uncomfortable to put yourself out on a limb (especially financially) and take a relatively large loan out and obligate yourself to pay it back.  It is uncomfortable to see the negotiating process at times, to go through loan applications, to worry over a home inspection (both as a Buyer and/or Seller), to learn to trust your Realtor as an advocate with such a meaningful process, to march towards that BIG closing day, to choose the right place, and more.

     

    As I was recently looking into the face of discomfort on one of my clients faces, I was taken back to some advice from my mentor, John Veytia.  John always coached people to go home and think about things with their spouse or significant other, and have some of the “comfort food” they like best.  My favorite was Pedro’s, the prolific fish taco joint of south Orange County, CA.  Since 1998 it always made decisions and life easier when a fish taco was in hand.  My husband enjoys making his decisions over a bag of peanut M & M’s.  I remember taking many friends and clients for Chinese food, Mexican food, sushi and other “real estate happy place” foods, for it works!

     

    There is obviously a lot more to the home selling or purchasing cycles than comfort food – as it is ultimately your intuition, intelligence and the processes that will lead you on the right path.  I do not wish to discount all the real and pragmatic factors, and at the same time I like to make it enjoyable – it ought to be.  It helps to have a good and professional Realtor as well, one that is always listening to you and representing you to the best of their ability – as that is what will truly cause you to experience comfort and ease.

     

    At Montana 406 we love this business of real estate and of serving.  Please call us with any questions – we are here as your resource!

     

    Give us 1% of your confidence and we’ll earn the other 99%!

 
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