Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Ravalli County : Real Estate Advice

  • All1
  • Local Info0
  • Home Buying0
  • Home Selling1
  • Market Conditions0

Activity 20
Mon Mar 27, 2017
Senecagolleher asked:
my house address is 187 Tate Lane Stevensville, MT 59870
I had it listed for sale but it sold so I need to have it removed and don't know how to do that?
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Tue Mar 21, 2017
Private Buyer answered:
Simply put, by a buyer and not an agent whom only work for the seller and not the buyer, the real estate agents in Western Montana are also the sellers. They're all friends and if you do the research you will see that the real estate agents are also the landowners in many cases. They are all buying and selling and dancing and jigging and making bank off of one another as they play the local markets.

They give you a song and dance that you are "paying for the view". When the view they refer to is the mountains which is on fire and you can't see from smoke for most of the Summer/Fall and in the Winter/Spring the Mountains are not accessible because of being snowed in, property costs should be much lower because there is no view.

As others have pointed out, there are no jobs in Ravalli County. The buying and selling is coming from people and corporations from California. The closest average sized town is 60 miles away in Missoula and the job market there is even non-existent. Businesses only want to pay minimum wage while rent/mortgage is at a premium. We can't afford to eat while the real estate agents laugh all the way to their off-shore banks.

By the way, Ravalli agents keep trying to say that living here is safe. No, not even close. Firstly, as of Fall 2016 the city of Hamilton, MT crime rate is at 300%. The area Republicans walk around with guns and threaten to "take up arms" against all Democrats and any who disagree with their twisted anti-Constitutional logic. Disagree with me? Then look in to the "Obama Library" outhouse that the current Commissioners and Sheriff all had a part in condoning. It was a direct threat to kill not only President Obama but any and all Democrats in the Valley who voted for him. By the way, these same people are the school teachers who are a threat to our children. Ravalli County Montana is nowhere near a safe place to live.

Off the soap-box and on topic, this question was posted in 2009 but, in 2017 the answer is still the same. Greed and lack of empathy is why prices are still high and will stay high in the Bitterroot Valley.
... more
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Tue Mar 21, 2017
Private Buyer asked:
The concept of taking bids means all bids are taken and the highest is accepted, correct? My agent told me the listing agent was only taking one bid.
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Fri Feb 24, 2017
Hopkinkathy2 asked:
Can a loan be obtained on a house with the well under neath the house?
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Tue May 31, 2016
Madeline Pragnell asked:
Sun Feb 1, 2015
Christine Williams answered:
Do you know of an agent in your area, or would like for me to find a reputable one for you?
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Mon Aug 4, 2014
georgecuff answered:
Darby is a small mountain community in the south end of the Bitterroot Valley. It is located between the Sapphire and Bitterroot mountain ranges. It is stunningly beautiful with much wildlife. A former lumber community, it now depends largely on tourist industry and the Forest Service. There are many retirees in Darby. ... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Tue Oct 15, 2013
BigSkyJake asked:
Tue Oct 15, 2013
BigSkyJake asked:
Thu Jun 6, 2013
Darwin Ernst answered:
The only point in looking through an old appraisal would be to estimate your comfort level with the prior valuation conclusion. If the data within the report is inaccurate, there is a good chance the concluded opinion of value isw also inaccurate. If you need to know what the home is worth now, you should probably have a professional appraiser complete a new valuation with a recent effective date. ... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Mon Apr 8, 2013
Craig Siphers and Laura Sherry answered:
Your best bet is to find a competent agent to do your foot work. Check out MLS# 51735,52892,53647,52159,51867,53656. Good luck.
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Oct 23, 2012
ptshirley answered:
This home has both infloor hydronic heat and forced air HVAC.
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Thu Jul 26, 2012
Darwin Ernst answered:
A knowledgeable and experienced local real estate professional like me can help you get the right answers to your real estate questions. This question requires more research before it can be answered properly. There may be restrictive covenants that prevent a property owner from improving a property with a guesthouse. Another restriction may be placed on the property if it is located within one of the seven different voluntary zoning districts within the Florence area. There may also be restrictions within the platting of this parcel that do not allow a second home to be built in certain portions of the property. And yes, you would also need appropriate permits/approval from the County for further development of any parcel with habitable improvements.

I have been a certified residential appraiser in Ravalli County for more than 10 years.

If you want this question answered by a professional, please feel free to contact me at 406-363-7008. -Darwin Ernst, SRA

Real Estate Agent and Professional Certified Residential Appraiser in Ravalli County Montana
... more
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Thu May 3, 2012
Bill Eckler answered:
In most cases, it's the broker not the realtor that possesses and controls listings, and has final say over who walks and who doesn't....

0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Mon Oct 26, 2009
G answered:
If you are an outsider, crime is the least of your worries. Instead, plan on the locals trying to run you out of town.
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Tue Jul 14, 2009
Alice Mcneely, P.A. answered:
When I want to find out who recently purchased property, I go to the property appraisers website in my county and look up the tax roles. The information is public and it will give me the names of the buyers and the price they paid. Every county and state has different websites, but this may be a starting point for you. ... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Fri Apr 24, 2009
Donna Johnson answered:
Hello Kim,

Because equestrain facilities is such a narrow niche, it may be difficult to find an agent who specializes in just this type of real estate. I own and rent our horse property. I found the best way to find property not already listed in the MLS, is to go to Equestrian Clubs, e.g., Saddle Clubs, equestrian training facilities etc.. Generally the leader of each of the organizations are substantially connected and can help you find what you seek or refer you to an agent who may be equine savvy.

Don't forget tto check the local paper traders. Flathead Valley's Beacon and Mountain Trader have advertisements for such properties here in Northwest Montana. Nickel Ads and The Fencepost are some Colorado/Utah paper traders. Most of your farm/ranch wholesale/retailers will have a paper stand for these type of local trader papers.

Good Luck!
... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Sat Jun 28, 2008
Rick Ahmann & Associates answered:

Pamela is correct in stating that Montana is a non-dsiclosure State. What this means is that there is no public information available in regards to sales prices. My suggestion is that you retain a quality Buyer Broker to represent you in a purchase transaction. There are a few keys to look for when retaining this broker.
1) Be sure they are not relying on "Gut Feelings" . Have your agent prepare a market analysis which should show you asking price and selling price for recent home sales in your preferred area.

2) Avoid agents who say things like "Homes in this neighborhood are selling for 98% of the asking price." without providing documentation supporting the statement. The problem with this statement is that it assumes the price of the home is correct. Imagine paying 95% of the asking price and feeling liek you got a great buy only to find out that the home you offered on was priced 20% over the previous high sale! Not Good!

Hope this helps. We know a very reliable broker in your area and are happy to provide an introduction if that would be helpful to you.

Rick Ahmann
... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Search Advice
Popular Cities in Ravalli County