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Home Buying in Flathead County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Lyght64 asked:
it is on the corner and sais three 2 bedroom apt but the rest of the info is gone
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Tue Jan 29, 2013
Sealgm asked:
Interested in a 5 - 7 year purchase contract. Looking for a 2 bedroom/2 bath with character.
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Phyllis Gartner answered:
The only time the city would shut down would be during a bad blizzard which happens about once every five or six years. I think the winters are fairly mild for Montana. There is no severe cold and little wind. If you like skiing the Flathead has a great downhill ski mountain and many areas for Nordic skiing. The summers are great for any lake or river activities. But one of the best things about the Flathead is that you have Glacier Park in your back yard. It has to be one of the best places to see anywhere in the country and you have fast and easy access to it.

My house is a wonderful place, very warm and comfortable. The location is great because it is close to an excellent elementary school and high school plus the downtown area. I'm assuming you've seen the pictures. Also, Im in the process of putting on a new roof so that's will be a great asset and benefit to owning the house.

Let me know if you have any further questions and I hope you seriously consider moving to Kalispell.
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Thu Sep 25, 2014
Beth Pankratz answered:
I would suggest talking to a mortgage specialist in your local area. There are many different loan programs available and the best way to find out which one meets your needs is to make an appointment with a loan officer that services your area. If you don't know who to go to, you can get in touch with a real estate agent for a referral. They are in the best position to know who does the best job and they will appreciate someone who is willing to find out their buying position before taking up their time. It is much more productive and efficient to know what price range you need to be looking at before you start. Good luck. ... more
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Thu Dec 6, 2012
Steve Dooling answered:
Perhaps, but some may argue with that. I'm really not sure personally. I am a Realtor/Broker here in the Flathead Valley, but I used to be a logger/ski run logger for Boyne Corp., the company that owns the Big Sky resort in the early 1980's/. (I still get a ski pass every year at Big Sky!). Moonlight went into bankruptcy and receivership so i am uncertain as to their ownership right now. Whitefish Mountain Resort has the benefit of a very dynamic and cool little town of Whitefish, but Big Sky doesn't really have a "community" in the old-fashioned sense. It's just a resort, in reality. To be sure, Big Sky and Moonlight were over speculated in the run-up to the crash, and the evidence of that that is still clear if one is to take a drive up Cowboy Heaven in Moonlight and see all the rusty For Sale signs today. That never really happened in Whitefish to the extent the bottom dropped out in Big Sky. Even the Yellowstone Club next to Big Sky went into bankruptcy protection! Whitefish less exclusive? Less vertical per run, for sure, but I think "less exclusive" is probably not the correct summary judgement. For more information email me at or call me at 406-253-9117. Website is thanks - Steve Dooling ... more
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Sun Sep 9, 2012
John Middleton answered:
Montana is a "non-disclosure" state, meaning that the sold data is not available to the public. The best resource for obtaining sold information is your local Realtor or licensed sales person. For info on the market or community, please visit or email me at Thanks, John Middleton - National Parks Realty of Whitefish ... more
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Steve Dooling answered:
Hi Rfehr59 - my name is Steve Dooling and i am a real estate broker, who happens to live in between somers and lakeside, as a matter of fact! Prices in this local market, as in all markets, are dependent upon inventory levels and the competing properties. This is to say that the condo market is different from the sfr market, commercial and land market. I assume you are a home buyer and speak to that. This area has realised a modest correction, particularily on the higher end, but has been, for the most part, quite resilient as compared to other flathead and lake county properties. The reason is that there is very low turnover of homes in the area and is quite stable, and a small area as you know. Foreclosure rates have been dropping steadily. Prices have remained static for approx 6 months. Buyer activity was low in the first quarter (as is the norm) but the Canadian buyer is here with cash and looking. One never sees the bottom of the market until it has passed, but my experience tells me there is more buyer optimism now than in the prior 2 years.

As far as a cash offer vs. Financed offer goes, cash talks. Remember that buyers, when financing, are almost always pre-qualified in this market when making an offer. It depends on the sellers attitude as to how they view a cash offer vs.financed offer, but they all get cash at closing...but i will always reinforce to the seller that a cash offer removes all doubt!

Any questions, feel free to call me at (406) 253 - 9117
Steve Dooling
Trails West Real Estate
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Donna Johnson answered:
I appreciate your comment about no Realtors. However, did you know that realtors can help you not only get the best price, they also can help you through a number of pitfalls. I just have had 2 cases of persons tell me that they went to a For Sale by Owner and that the Seller was overly aggressive and almost purchased a home far more than what the market value indicated? The other was regarding nonrefundable earnest money to seller? What about disclosures? As a buyer agent, my job is to protect you from potential adversities. I do so even though I may lose a commission because I want to know that I've done my utmost to serve you. Trulia had a very good article on why use Realtor(tm). We are not just real estate agents, we are held to a higher standard.

If you change your mind call me 406-270-1273. No pressure, just service.
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Thu Apr 7, 2011
Debra Mills answered:
Hello, my name is Debra Mills and I am a real estate broker with Montana Brokers in Kalispell. I can help you. Can you give me more information about your needs? What price range, how big, close to town, which town, what type of mobile (age, size), will it have an engineered foundation, etc? Thanks ... more
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Sat Feb 5, 2011
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Mon Jan 16, 2012
Zmbrennan answered:
Be certain you check chain of title and know what additional liens are on the property, check easements, past sales and be sure you personally see the property before you bid.
Auctions are more complex than they seem. If you are not a local expert, you probably need to find one to help you on this for your own protection. ... more
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Mon Nov 22, 2010
D. Lee Edwards answered:
I would check with another lender in your area that has a solid reputation and ask them this question. your score are just fine and should be a breeze unless you have other issues such as job history, or debt ratio, which have nothing to do with your scores par say. ... more
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Tue Jul 15, 2008
David Brewer - 406.532.5595 answered:
Hello Melissa,

I have been working with a referral network for about three years and just became a real estate agent this year.

I like Trulia simply because it is a vertical search engine, however what I have found in my experience is that consumers in Canada respond to direct internet advertising. If you are new to internet advertising Trulia is a good place to start targeting the areas, markets, or demographics that you would like to capture.

Good Luck,

David Brewer

For more information regarding Montana Real Estate or lead generation services in your local area feel to free to contact me with no obligation.
David Brewer, Prudential Montana, 406.329.2060,,
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